LOS ANGELES -- The Warriors already were struggling, with point guard Stephen Curry wearing a blazer for the second consecutive game because of a mild concussion. Then late in the third quarter, they lost Andre Iguodala to a strained left hamstring.
"Normally, I can just run it off or it would go away," Iguodala said. "But once I heard a pop, I knew it was serious."
Down arguably their two best players, the Warriors were no match for a Lakers squad that smelled blood. Los Angeles styled its way to a 102-95 revenge victory Friday night. The same Lakers squad Golden State blew out by 31 back in Oakland had the Warriors looking like the makeshift team hoping to finish .500.
The Warriors (8-5) shot just 41.5 percent and fueled the Lakers' transition game with 19 turnovers. But it was their defense that let them down.
Burned by lapse after lapse, the Warriors allowed 47.6 percent shooting. Several of the Lakers' 11 3-pointers were wide-open looks because the Golden State defender lost his man. Coach Mark Jackson refused to blame that on the injuries.
"Just disappointing. They outworked us," Jackson said. "We're a no-excuse basketball team. ... We'll be fine. But we cannot walk away with a good taste with how we played and the effort we put forth."
Four of the Warriors' top eight players are now injured. In addition to Curry and Iguodala, the Warriors are also without backup point guard Toney Douglas (stress reaction, left tibia) and backup center Jermaine O'Neal (bruised right knee, mild right groin strain).
Only one of the four -- Curry -- has a chance of playing when the Warriors' play host to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.
Since he sustained the concussion on Monday, Curry's had three noncontact sessions: individual work at Thursday's voluntary practice, Friday's shootaround, and pregame drills before the game. But Curry still hasn't taken the final test.
Before being cleared to play, he needs to participate in full-contact activity and emerge symptom free.
That Curry still hasn't taken that step could be a sign he still has symptoms from the noncontact work he's done. Or, perhaps, the Warriors -- who would have to craft a situation for Curry since everything has been light since Wednesday -- don't want to force it to get Curry back on the court. Either way, he's no guarantee to play when Oakland native Damian Lillard makes his first visit as reigning NBA Rookie of the Year.
The Warriors certainly have their issues without Curry. Golden State was still in position to win.
Guard Klay Thompson, who finished with 19 points on 20 shots, hit a 3-pointer. Then forward Harrison Barnes followed with a steal and a fast-break dunk. The Lakers' lead was down to 61-60 with 6:40 left in the third quarter.
At the 4:23 mark, Iguodala drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key, tying the game at 63.
But a minute later, after his pass was intercepted, Iguodala came up limping at half-court while playing defense. He immediately grabbed his hamstring and started hopping toward the bench.
After the game, he could hardly walk. He said this injury "worries him a little bit" but that he doesn't expect to be out too long. He said he has an MRI scheduled for Saturday morning.
"My body's been pretty good to me so far," Iguodala said. "I take care of it, so (I'll be back) sooner than everyone thinks."
Iguodala had been the starting point guard with Curry out. He played 48-plus minutes in the overtime loss to the visiting Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, all at point guard.
With their top three options on the shelf -- and Kent Bazemore struggling at the position, and rookie Nemanja Nedovic still too inexperienced for the role -- the Warriors found themselves in a tough spot. They entered the fourth quarter down 12 points and had no one to facilitate the offense.
Still, Golden State managed its highest-scoring quarter of the game. The Warriors scored 32 points by consistently attacking the rim. They didn't shoot a high percentage, but they managed nine offensive rebounds, racked up 18 points in the paint and eight at the line.
The problem was defense. They were unfocused and lacked the aggression that kept them close against better teams such as San Antonio and Memphis. The Lakers knocked down four of their 11 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, all of them wide-open because of defensive lapses.
"I don't think we gave our best effort. We didn't play hard enough," Draymond Green said. "That's not how we got to where we are. ... When you let your shots determine how you play defense, that's bad. Let's defend people, and then shots will fall."
Portland (11-2) at Warriors (8-5), 7:30 p.m. CSNBA
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