OAKLAND -- In this season of gift-giving, the Warriors have been getting a lot of them from opponents showing up at Oracle Arena with major players sitting out.

They finally took advantage of that generosity Saturday. It took a bit longer than it probably should have, but the Warriors found a third-quarter groove and rolled a badly hobbled Los Angeles Lakers team 102-83.

The Lakers not only were without star Kobe Bryant as well as guards Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar because of injury, but standout big man Pau Gasol was scratched just before game time because of an upper respiratory ailment.

The Lakers, sporting a barely recognizable cast, had a miserable night, hitting just 26 of 80 shots (32.5 percent). They were particularly bad from 3-point range -- 4 for 20 (20 percent).

But some of that poor shooting was the result of a stronger Warriors defensive effort, led by center Andrew Bogut's control in the paint during his 28 minutes. Bogut had a season-high 20 rebounds, including nine on offense that included four tip-ins, and he badgered 7-footer Chris Kaman into a 5-for-17 shooting night.

"He's been outstanding lately," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "He's really setting the tone, altering and blocking shots, being a force, getting every rebound. He's been the guy we traded for and the guy we paid big bucks to."

Bogut was pleased with the team's defensive effort but wasn't about to make too much of a victory over a Lakers team missing so many key parts.

"We haven't accomplished anything by this win," he said. "We won a game we should have won. And now it's going to be a big game for us in a couple days (Monday) in Denver."

The Warriors used a balanced attack to overwhelm the Lakers. David Lee had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Stephen Curry had 18 points with nine assists, and Klay Thompson scored 17.

But perhaps the most encouraging sign beyond Bogut was that of forward Marreese Speights, who delivered 10 points off the bench and might have had more if he had not been ejected for a Type 2 flagrant foul against Nick Young with 9:54 left.

Speights has posted double-figure scoring totals in three of the past five games after having none in the Warriors' first 23 games. He has been hitting the boards more often and seems more active at both ends.

"I'm just doing the things I know I can do," Speights said. "I came to camp a little out of shape and I put that on myself, but I'm feeling a lot better and Coach is sticking with me. I've been picking it up, but I've still got a lot left. My jump shot isn't really falling, and that's what got me in this league. But all that will come around."

As for the flagrant foul that got Speights ejected, Jackson said it was an acceptable hard foul and that Speights actually tried to keep Young from falling.

The ejection didn't affect Speights' good mood.

"I know the fans have probably been down on me, but I'm finally getting back to my own self," he said.

  • Curry had a string of 12 games scoring at least 20 points snapped. It was the longest such streak by a Warrior since Chris Mullin scored 20 or more in 21 straight.

  • Curry's brother Seth, who has been playing with the Warriors' D League Santa Cruz team, signed a contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to a Twitter post by his father, Dell Curry.

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    MONDAY'S GAME
    Warriors (15-13) at Denver (14-12), 6 p.m. CSNBA