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  • The Lakers’ Anthony Davis defends against the Warriors’ Marquese Chriss during the first half of Wednesday’s preseason game at Staples Center. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, shoots as Golden State Warriors forward Alfonzo McKinnie, left, and guard Jacob Evans defend during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 126-93. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles upcourt during the first half of a game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on October 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the first half of a game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on October 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis defends during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: Head Coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors coaches from the bench during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on October 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers gains position over Kavion Pippen #31 of the Golden State Warriors during the first half of a game at Staples Center on October 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: Marquese Chriss #32 of the Golden State Warriors dunks the ball during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on October 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the first half of a game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on October 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors and Danny Green #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers lunge for a loose ball during the first half of a game at Staples Center on October 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: Kavion Pippen #31 of the Golden State Warriors defends against Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of a game at Staples Center on October 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: Kavion Pippen #31 of the Golden State Warriors drives to the basket as Jared Dudley #10 of the Los Angeles Lakers defends during the first half of a game at Staples Center on October 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, right, shoots as Golden State Warriors forward Eric Paschall defends during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Golden State Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis defends during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots as Golden State Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell watches during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James adjusts his headband during the first half of the team’s preseason NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Golden State Warriors guard Ky Bowman, center, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, defends while forward LeBron James watches during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, shoots as Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green defends during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee, center, and Golden State Warriors forward Marquese Chriss, right, reach for the opening tip as Golden State Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell watches during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Lakers forward LeBron James gets past Warriors forward Draymond Green on his way to the basket during the first half of Wednesday’s preseason game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Golden State Warriors guard D’Angelo Russell reaches for a ball as it goes out of bounds during the first half of the team’s preseason NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James dribbles during the first half of the team’s preseason NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James congratulates forward Anthony Davis during a timeout in the first half of the team’s preseason NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the first half of a game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on October 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: Devontae Cacok #12 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles to the basket during the second half of a game against the Golden State Warriorsat Staples Center on October 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles the ball during the second half of a game against the Golden State Warriors t Staples Center on October 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles into the defense of Ky Bowman #12 of the Golden State Warriors during the second half of a game at Staples Center on October 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers battles for a rebound during the second half of a game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on October 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: Juan Toscano-Anderson #95 of the Golden State Warriors defends against LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of a game at Staples Center on October 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles the ball during the second half of a game against the Golden State Warriors t Staples Center on October 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: LeBron James #23 and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers look on during the second half of a game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on October 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles upcourt during the second half of a game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on October 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: Jordan Poole #3 of the Golden State Warriors battles Zach Norvell Jr. #21 of the Los Angeles Lakers for a loose ball during the second half of a game at Staples Center on October 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Quinn Cook, left, shoots as Golden State Warriors guard Ky Bowman defends during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 126-93. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: Marquese Chriss #32 and Alfonzo McKinnie #28 of the Golden State Warriors battle JaVale McGee #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers for position during the second half of a game at Staples Center on October 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles through the defense of Draymond Green #23, Alfonzo McKinnie #28 and Jacob Evans #10 of the Golden State Warriors during the second half of a game at Staples Center on October 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers battles Eric Paschall #7 of the Golden State Warriors for a loose ball during the second half of a game at Staples Center on October 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: LeBron James #23 and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers talk with official Bernie Adams during the second half of a game at Staples Center on October 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers defends against a shot by Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors during the second half of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on October 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope defends during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 126-93. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope defends during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 126-93. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, tries to move by Golden State Warriors forward Alfonzo McKinnie during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Golden State Warriors guard Ky Bowman, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Devontae Cacok defends during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 126-93. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the secondhalf of a game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on October 16, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, jokes around with center DeMarcus Cousins on the bench during the second half of the team’s preseason NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 126-93. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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LOS ANGELES — A lone voice momentarily pierced the air at Staples Center as LeBron James lined up along the wing with the ball: “LeBron, work him!”

It was only minutes into Wednesday night’s preseason game, but even the fans knew what to expect at that point. The Warriors did too – they just couldn’t stop it.

James took a few steps inside, drawing a double-team before bouncing it ahead to a gliding Anthony Davis, who rolled in for a dunk. Less than three weeks on the court together, and the two are making the Lakers’ offense tick like a Swiss watch.

“It’s my job and it’s A.D.’s job – because we attract so many defenders and so many eyes – to put the ball on time, on target to our offensive guys and that’s no matter who is out on the floor, no matter if they make it or not, just to give them the ball where it needs to be,” James said. “To where they can just catch, dunk; catch, shoot; catch, lay it up. And that’s it.”

The full weight of what the Lakers (3-2) could be started sinking in Wednesday night, as they pulverized the overmatched Warriors 126-93, the largest margin of victory they’ve enjoyed during the three meetings with Golden State this month.

And they’re going to play again Friday night – which can’t be an easy thought for the winless Warriors (0-3), the former benchmark of the NBA.

Coach Frank Vogel expected his lead rotation players to play the most minutes they had yet, in an effort to shake off some lingering rust from China and see how effective they could be in substantial appearances. They didn’t disappoint.

Out of pick-and-roll sets with James and Davis, the Lakers were able to create plenty: a Davis dunk, a lob to JaVale McGee, kickouts to Avery Bradley for a sudden stream of 3-pointers. It begged the question: How are opponents going to stop the simple, yet foundational sets of the Lakers with two stars running the show?

“He’s a great passer,” Davis said of James. “So when he comes off pick and rolls or come off a down screen, he draws a lot of attention and usually two guys go to him, which leaves me open roving to the basket or a guy shooting on the weak side. The more and more we get opportunities to be in the pick and roll, the more effective we can be at it.”

The evening was guided by the steady hands of James (18 points), who threaded passes between defenders and gracefully into the waiting hands of shooters for 11 assists in just 25 minutes. The most impressive of the dimes came late in the third quarter, as James charged the rim with two defenders draped over him, and managed to sling a left-handed pass over his head to a waiting Danny Green, who drilled a 3-pointer from the corner to extend the Lakers’ lead to 35 points.

James later acknowledged it was “up there” among his career assist highlights. Green said he felt the heat to not waste the pass.

“Wasn’t nobody within 30 feet of me,” Green said, “but probably the most pressure I’ve had in a long time to make a shot.”

Vogel took James out of the game in the ensuing timeout: What more did he have to prove?

Davis’ shot was more spotty than it’s been for much of the preseason, but he also had a deft passing touch and finished with eight assists to go with eight points and 10 rebounds. Three times, he found McGee for a dunk at the rim, showcasing the promise of the team’s double-big lineups that Davis prefers.

It helped immensely that a team that has been shooting under 30 percent from long range finally came alive from beyond the arc. Bradley, who started the preseason 0 for 7 on 3-point shots, nailed four of his five attempts, finishing with 18 points. Returning from calf soreness that’s kept him sidelined, Quinn Cook dialed up 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting against the Warriors team that let him walk in free agency.

“We saw it on tape last year,” Vogel said. “You know, he played in the NBA Finals last year, big minutes and important minutes. And he’s a terrific player. It’s not just his shooting, it’s his overall floor game. And he’s gonna help us this year.”

For the night, the Lakers shot 15 for 30 from 3-point range.

All this came without the benefit of forward Kyle Kuzma (left foot stress reaction), who has missed the entire preseason so far, as well as veteran guard Rajon Rondo (rest), who played major minutes in the first three preseason games.

While two-time league MVP Steph Curry sat out as well, Golden State did have Draymond Green (10 points) and D’Angelo Russell (23 points) – both of whom showed discomfort while being hassled by the Lakers’ defense. The Warriors shot under 37 percent for the evening.

The preseason finale for both teams is Friday night at the new Chase Center in San Francisco.

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