OAKLAND — After Steph Curry hit three-pointers on back-to-back possessions in the opening minutes on Wednesday night, Draymond Green signaled timeout on behalf of Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton.
It was at that moment — less than three minutes into what would be a 149-106 beating — that Walton should have known there would be no mercy from his old club.
Against their former assistant and his new team, the Warriors put on a masterclass in ball movement, totaling 47 assists — the most of any NBA team since 1991 and the most in team history.
“That’s a pretty incredible number,” head coach Steve Kerr said. “I don’t think I’ve ever been part of a team that had 47 assists.”
“That’s ridiculous,” Klay Thompson added.
“That’s pretty crazy,” Kevin Durant said. “We almost had more assists than rebounds. That’s sick.”
With that performance, the Warriors have now recorded 30 assists or more in nine consecutive games, which is a franchise record.
“That’s the beauty of our team,” Kerr said. “We have so many passers. We have so many guys who can really make a play and move the ball. That’s why you see the assist totals where they are.”
The Warriors scored 41 points in the first quarter — tying the team high for any quarter this season — and then followed that up with 39 more in the second. As a group, the Warriors shot just under 62 percent from the field and an even 55 percent from beyond the arc in the opening half.
Steph Curry, Durant and Thompson combined to score 83 points even though Durant was the only member of the triumvirate to see the floor in the fourth quarter. Curry went 7-for-12 from downtown and accounted for nine of the team’s assists.
Green dished out 11 of the assistants and ended up one rebound shy of a double-double. The 2015-2016 All-Star left the court with just over a minute to go in the third quarter and headed directly to the locker room after getting poked in his left eye. He returned to the bench before the end of the game and is expected to play on Friday after sustaining a corneal abrasion.
JaVale McGee and Ian Clark starred off the bench in the blowout win. The former had four rebounds and eight points, as he slammed home three lobs. The latter scored 21 points in 14 minutes, as he went 5-for-5 from three-point range.
After taking Thanksgiving off, the Warriors will visit the Lakers at the Staples Center on Friday night in the second leg of the home-and home.
“I’m pretty sure this isn’t going to happen again,” Kerr. “We’re going to have to be ready. They crushed us down their last time, so we’re going to have to be prepared.”