LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant played with an illness and treated the basketball like a hot potato -- shooting it just about every time he touched it. The Los Angeles Lakers treated defense like it was a foreign language. With a 136-115 victory, the Golden State Warriors treated the Lakers like a junior varsity team. At 1-9, the Lakers are off to their worst 10-game start in franchise history.
Head-shaker of the game: After Bryant shot 1-of-14 in 36 minutes Friday, it was revealed he had a viral infection. It wasn't clear if he'd play Sunday, but there he was in the starting lineup. And Bryant sure bounced back with 44 points, his first 40-plus point performance since he tore his Achilles in 2013. That's a lot of points, right? Well, he reached that total by shooting 34 field goals in 31 minutes. He shot 24 field goals in the first half, while the rest of his teammates shot 32. At that point, he was on pace for his most field-goal attempts ever. (His previous high: 47 attempts on Nov. 7, 2002, vs. Boston). Because it was such a blowout, he didn't play in the fourth quarter, which leaves one to wonder just how many shots he left out there.
Stat of the night: The Warriors scored a season-high 136 points, which topped their previous season-high of 127 scored against -- you guessed it -- the Lakers back on Nov. 1. The Warriors had 115 points by the end of the THIRD quarter. Five Warriors scored in double figures, led by Stephen Curry, who scored 30 on 10-of-19 shooting (including 5-of-9 from 3-point range). Klay Thompson added 18 on 5-of-11 shooting.
Laugher of the night: The Lakers' defense, for all the numbers listed above.
Second stat of the night: The Lakers' backcourt scored 44 points. That's 44 for Bryant, and zero for Jeremy Lin, who was 0-of-2 from the field in 23 minutes.