What we learned as LeBron torches Warriors for 56 in Lakers' win


LOS ANGELES -- What's the remedy for a team that came into Saturday night losers in seven of their last nine games? How about one that had lost eight of their last 10, including four in a row?

Nope, not even that.

LeBron James and the lowly Los Angeles Lakers were too much for the Warriors as Golden State now are the ones with a four-game losing streak. 

The simple fact is, LeBron was amazing on offense. He had a 50-plus point double-double with 56 points and 10 rebounds while making six 3-pointers as the Warriors were defeated 124-116 at Crypto.com Arena.

Steph Curry's 30 points weren't enough on a night where Klay Thompson again struggled mightily, scoring only seven points. He went 3-for-13 from the field and made one of his five 3-point attempts. Jordan Poole played the role of Curry's fellow Splash Brother, again catching fire for the second straight game. 

The Warriors trailed by as many as 14 points in the first quarter, they led by as many as 14 in the second and then like so many times during this current tumble, they spurted in the fourth quarter, being outscored 35-22.

Here are three takeaways as the Warriors dropped to 43-21 on the season.

I Think He's Got His Swagger Back

Ever since Thompson returned, Poole has been trying to find his place off the bench. He has been hesitant and has looked like he lost confidence at times. Just like in Dallas, the opposite was true in LA. 

Poole was ready to let it fly, attack the basket and did so with the body language like he was the best player on the court. That's the version of the third-year pro the Warriors need from their skilled shooting guard. He can be an absolute weapon, scoring points in bunches. 

There are flaws to his game, but Steve Kerr will have to ride Poole more often. He had the hot hand and Kerr let him spread his wings. Rightfully so. 

Poole was the Warriors' second-leading scorer with 23 points in 32 minutes off the bench. The streaky scorer was 9-for-15 from the field and made half his shots from long distance, going 4-for-8.

Bench Outplays Starters

He wasn't alone. While starters not named Steph Curry struggled for the most part, the Warriors' bench answered the call

Jonathan Kuminga scored 18 points, Moses Moody added nine while being a perfect 4-for-4 from the floor and Juan Toscano-Anderson had five points, five rebounds, five assists and was a plus-5 in plus-minus.

Meanwhile, Otto Porter Jr. started at power forward and was a minus-12. He had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds but has to shoot better after making only three of his nine shot attempts.

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Not-So-Free Throws

This is becoming a problem. A big one. 

The Warriors went 9-for-19 from the free throw line and Andrew Wiggins missed both of his attempts. JTA was 3-for-8 and Kuminga missed two of his three free throws. Curry didn't even attempt a single free throw. 

In close games, the Warriors' woes from the charity stripe are catching up to them. They sure did Saturday night in Southern California.

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