The Golden State Warriors have defeated LA Lakers tonight, making a big surprise. Dub Nation would erase a 14-point deficit in the last period, edging out the champions, 115-113.
After the start of the final 15 minutes, the LAL was up 97-83 and were commandingly leading the game. The champions had a lead since the tip-off, not allowing the guests to be ahead at least once. However, a 15-3 run of Steve Kerr’s side propelled the Warriors to a 112-108 lead.
In a tight and dramatic ending, Steph Curry knocked down a three with 1:07 to go, lifting his GSW to 115-110, which was enough for visitors to post their seventh triumph of the campaign.
“This was a step in the right direction, but we have to be able to put a couple of these together in a row,” Curry said following the game. “Something about these big national TV games — we love getting down by 20 or so.”
The two-time MVP scored 26 points, had seven assists, but with not that great shooting percentage. Steph made just eight of his 22 attempts, hitting three threes in dozen shots.
However, that was covered up with his supporting crew, as Warriors had three more players with 18+ buckets. Kelly Oubre Jr. dropped 23 with four boards, while Andrew Wiggins added 18.
Eric Paschall was once again superb off the bench, playing 19 minutes and scoring the same number of points, shooting 8-for-11 from the floor.
The Lakers were up 34-15 1:14 before the end of the first period, and 64-48 at the halftime. LeBron and the crew looked pretty comfortable but slowed down in the third when Golden State cut down the deficit to two points. Kyle Kuzma would sink two threes, LeBron and AD added a couple of more baskets for a 13-4 burst that took away the LAL to a double-digit lead again.
Yet, in the moments when they needed to close the match, the purple and gold stiffed on both ends. The Warriors used that, inflicting LeBron his biggest blown lead loss ever. Until last night, he never lost the game when leading 19 points.
“We got hesitant on the offensive end, a little casual at certain points in the game,” Frank Vogel explained to the reporters.
LBJ had 19 points with five assists, rebounds, and turnovers. Anthony Davis posted 17 points and had 17 boards with seven assists and three blocks. He and James didn’t have a good shooting night, hitting 12 of their 32 shots combined.
Dennis Schroder had a team-high 25 points, with five rebounds in 33 minutes. Montrezl Harrell and Kyle Kuzma were creating the impact off the bench. Harrell scored 17 points with 8 rebounds, Kuzma had 15 with 10, and even though these two did their assignments superbly, the Lakers lost.
This was only the fourth loss of the purple and gold, who are now starting a seven-game road streak in Milwaukee on Thursday night. After that, the champions head to Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Detroit, Boston, and Atlanta.
The Warriors made another big-time comeback, and since Kerr became their head coach, Dub Nation had 29 wins, once trailing 15 points during the match. Only the Toronto Raptors have more such comebacks in the same period, 31.
Golden State will play six of their next eight contests at home. The first two are against the San Antonio Spurs and the New York Kings, on Wednesday and Thursday. Following that, they jump to Utah to meet the Jazz before bouncing back home to have back-to-back matches against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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