Azubuike scores 22 points to lead Warriors to 119-106 victory over Lakers
The Warriors outscored the Lakers in each quarter and looked like the offense that was second in the league with an average of 106.5 points per game last season.
Golden State used a 10-0 run midway through the second quarter that began with Belinelli’s three-point play to pull to 35-33. Pietrus made two free throws and Hudson scored on a layup to give the Warriors a 37-35 lead.
Belinelli’s 3- pointer with just under 7 minutes left in the first half gave Golden State the lead for good, and the Warriors led 63-56 at the break.
Pietrus was taken to the locker room in the third quarter with a strained lower back. He did not return and is day-to-day.
Baron Davis, Andris Biedrins, Monta Ellis and Al Harrington did not play for the Warriors. Davis was out for rest, Biedrins is nursing a sore left big toe and Ellis missed his second consecutive game due to a sprained neck.
Kwame Brown, Lamar Odom and Maurice Evans sat out for Los Angeles. Brown is recovering from surgeries on his left ankle and right shoulder did not play, Odom has an injured left shoulder, and Evans strained his left hamstring in Tuesday’s game.