LOS ANGELES -- Forward David Lee epitomized the night the Warriors had in Los Angeles. He played 19 minutes, missed all three of his shots and had as many fouls as rebounds. And the man Lee was defending had his way.
"I work hard and stay consistent in my preparation to avoid games where you just can't find a rhythm," Lee said. "But unfortunately it happens."
That about sums up Golden State's performance Sunday: No offense, no defense, no chance.
The Warriors struggled across the board in a 107-83 loss to the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. The Warriors shot just 40.9 percent and were out-rebounded by 13, and that includes a garbage-time boost in stats. Golden State had no answer for the Lakers' weapons and failed in their bid to improve to 3-0 for the first time since 1994-95.
The Warriors played without point guard Stephen Curry. He stayed in the Bay Area to rest his right ankle, which he sprained in Friday's home win.
Without Curry, who is hoping to play Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies, guard Monta Ellis was the Warriors' only reliable offensive weapon for most of the night. He finished with 20 points on 9 of 20 shooting but had to work extra hard against a Lakers defense that was geared to stop him.
"His presence was missed," Ellis said of Curry.
On a night where they needed someone to go above and beyond, the Warriors got no other significant offensive production when the game was in the balance.
Lee, who signed a six-year, $80 million contract this offseason, was the most likely candidate. But coach Keith Smart had seen enough early in the third quarter and yanked Lee for good.
It was the first time Lee went scoreless since Nov. 30, 2007, when as a New York Knick he went 0 for 2 in 12 minutes against the Milwaukee Bucks.
"He had been great all year long, from the preseason on through," Smart said. "I took him out, because he didn't have the pop he normally has. I think he understood that."
Meanwhile, the Lakers got big games from their best players. Big man Pau Gasol finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds in 35 minutes. Lamar Odom had 16 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Kobe Bryant basically took the night off, totaling 20 points and seven rebounds in 27 minutes.
The Warriors never led, and the game got out of hand early. After a tip-in by center Andris Biedrins tied the game at 2, the Lakers went on a 12-0 run to take control of the game. Derek Fisher started the spurt with a layup and capped it with a three-point play on a 15-footer.
Golden State missed five of their first six shots and finished the first quarter 7 of 19 from the field. The Lakers led 34-14 entering the second quarter.
Ellis tried to take over in the second quarter. His 3-pointer capped an 11-0 run to open the second quarter and pulled the Warriors to within 34-25 with just under eight minutes left in the half. Ellis had seven points and an assist during the spurt.
Unfortunately for the Warriors, Gasol got going. He scored 12 points over the last six minutes of the second quarter, helping the Lakers build a lead as high as 21.
"We've got to get better at playing on the road," Lee said. "Especially big-time teams like this. Most important, we need to bounce back and play well on Wednesday."
Memphis (2-1) at Warriors (2-1), 7:30 p.m. CSNBA