OAKLAND, Calif. -- Thanks to the Splash Brothers, the Los Angeles Lakers are 0-4 -- their worst start to a season since the team moved to L.A. Their worst start in franchise history is 0-7, which the team did in Minneapolis in 1957-58.
Player of the game: Klay Thompson played his first game since he signed a four-year extension worth nearly $70 million -- and he proved he’s worth every penny. The shooting guard played brilliantly and scored a career-high 41 points on 14-of-18 shooting from the field, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range. Thompson also made 8-of-9 from the free throw stripe. (His previous career high was 38 points, FYI.)
Throwback of the night: Kobe Bryant was awful in the first half. He had more turnovers (five) than field goals (three). Most of his shots were hitting the front of the rim -- a sign of fatigue -- and let’s not forget the 36-year-old Bryant was playing his fourth game in five nights. Then, in the third quarter, he turned back the clock and scored 19 points on 9-of-14 shooting, much of that on his patented fallaway jumpers with defenders draped all over him. By the end of the quarter, he had 27 points, but Bryant scored only one point in the final quarter.
Turning point: After leading by seven at the end of the third quarter, the Warriors outscored the Lakers 34-18 in the fourth and built a lead that was as wide as 23 points.
Stat of the night: You might notice a theme here, but the Warriors outscored the Lakers 33-12 from 3-point range.
Second stat of the night: Thompson's big game overshadowed his backcourt teammate Stephen Curry, but Curry scored 31 points and added 10 assists and 5 rebounds. Not too shabby.