Warriors beat LeBron-less Lakers 115-101

Photos by Gerome Wright

LeBron James was ruled out for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night, two days after he returned from a 17-game absence.

The Warriors won the game, 115-101, behind 28 points from Klay Thompson. The last time the Lakers played at Oracle Arena, on Christmas night, James left with a strained left groin and did not return to action until Thursday.

About 80 minutes before Saturday’s game, Lakers coach Luke Walton made the announcement about James’s “load management,” saying that James woke up “pretty sore” on Friday after playing 40 minutes in a 123-120 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in his return.

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