Warriors suffer first loss on a night Andre Iguodala scores at least 20 points
The Golden State Warriors squandered a season-best shooting performance from swingman Andre Iguodala during a 127-101 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day. Iguodala scored a game-high 23 points with brilliant efficiency (9-of-12 from the field, 3-of-5 from deep, 2-of-2 from the line) in 27 minutes against the Lakers and they still lost by 26.
The Warriors somehow managed to spoil an unbeaten record when he surpasses the 20-point mark.
According to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, the Warriors were 17-0 all-time when Andre Iguodala scored at least 20 points before Tuesday — that streak is now over.
Iguodala’s recent offensive surge was likely the only bright spot in a game where Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 20 points, shooting a stupefying 7-of-24 from the floor against a middle-of-the-pack defense.
“In his past six games, Iguodala has point totals of 10, 15 and now 23, hitting three 3s in three of the six games after doing so only once all of last season.”
Andre Iguodala could be in the midst of an offensive revival, finally taking scoring upon his own hands after often deferring to the All-Star players and acting as a playmaker and the main defensive cog of the second unit.
The Warriors will need every bit of offense their longtime veteran can provide, with a sharpshooting Klay Thompson going through another funk and Draymond Green appearing to be an offensive non-factor shooting the ball.