(Sports Network) - Pacific Division rivals clash in Oakland tonight as the Golden State Warriors open up a five-game homestand hoping to halt an 11-game skid against the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers.
The Warriors, who haven't beaten the Lakers since March 23, 2008, lost for the first time in three games on Sunday in Staples Center when Eric Gordon scored 25 points and Blake Griffin set a franchise record with his 23rd straight double-double, finishing with 23 points and 12 rebounds, as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated Golden State, 105-91.
"We got guys in foul trouble and never had a chance to get into a rhythm," Golden State head coach Keith Smart said. "Blake (Griffin) plays with a high energy level. The young guy is going to keep getting better. He's electric."
Ellis, the Warriors' leading scorer, will be a game-time decision tonight with flu-like symptoms.
Golden State will also face the LA Clippers, New Jersey, Indiana and Sacramento on its residency.
The Lakers, meanwhile, are coming off one of the most dominating performances in their storied history, a 112-57 drubbing of lowly Cleveland in Staples center on Tuesday.
Pau Gasol led a balanced attack with 13 points and 14 rebounds in that one, as the Lakers used a suffocating defense in the record-setting win. LA set a franchise regular-season record for fewest points scored by an opponent in a game. The previous mark was set on March 12, 2002, when the Lakers held Charlotte to 66 points.
Ron Artest and Andrew Bynum each had 15 points for the Lakers, who's 55-point margin of victory proved to be the third-largest in franchise history. Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom and Shannon Brown chipped in 13 points apiece.
"I don't know what to say. Our size was a dominant factor," Lakers head coach Phil Jackson said. "The Cavs are playing with a lot of their regulars out. They gave us an effort, but we were there to meet them."