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Los Angeles Lakers Beat Golden State Warriors

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Los Angeles Lakers Beat Golden State Warriors

By Hannah Dunbar

On March 5th, the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors 124-116. The Lakers ended their four-game losing streak with the win over the Warriors. The two teams went back and forth all night long in a highly entertaining matchup.


The Warriors got off to a flying start this season, opening up 18-2 signifying to the rest of the league that they were back as a title contender. After an incredible shooting performance early on, the Warriors ended up missing their final five 3-pointers as they faded down the stretch.


On Saturday night, Lakers’ LeBron James showed he is still more than capable of piling up the points in a variety of ways. James scored a season-high 56 points in the win. It was his third-most points in a regular-season game and 13th time he has had at least 50 points.


“I felt pretty good with my game tonight, every part of the floor, and I was able to make a couple plays to help us win,” said James.


His teammate, Carmelo Anthony with a score of 14 points commented about how well James did that night.


“He was phenomenal tonight,” said Anthony, “The way that it came, in the rhythm of the game and the flow of the game, us making that comeback and him being a big reason for us coming back and making that run that he did. He just put us on his back tonight.”


Anthony completed a three-point play to give the Lakers a 114-112 lead with 3:29 to play. Then Lakers Malik Monk hit a 3 to extend that lead to five after Austin Reeves stole the pass from Warriors Stephen Curry. James then threw down a thunderous alley-oop from Monk, who stole the inbound pass after a Los Angeles turnover.


Curry cut it to 119-116 with a time of 1:06 left, but Reeves grabbed the offensive rebound. Then Anthony hit a corner 3, allowing the Lakers to see it out.


Curry scored 30 points for the Lakers, and Warriors Jordan Poole added 23. The Warriors have lost four straights to drop to third overall in the NBA.


The Golden State Warriors ran over the Los Angeles Lakers with 42 points in the second quarter to take a 67-62 halftime lead. Poole and Jonathan Kuminga each had eight points, Curry added seven. The Warriors made 69.6% of their shots from the field (16 of 23) and 75% from 3-point range (6 of 8). But they let the Lakers close the half on a 11-2 run. Warriors coach Steve Kerr lamented on the inability to maintain separation.


“This has been a pattern during this bad spell for us,” Coach Kerr said. “We’re not stepping on teams when they are down. We’re making mistakes and allowing teams to hang around, and when you do that in this league, you’re dead.”


After James passed Malone, he scored 30 points in the second half. It was the player’s 24th straight game with at least 25 points to extend the longest streak of James’s career ever.


LeBron finished the game night with 56 points, setting a new high for his Lakers tenure. He also became just the fourth player in NBA history to score 50 after turning 37 years old. LeBron might be nearing the end of his career, but he has a lot of energy still left in him.


Following the Warriors defeat to the Lakers, the Warriors have now lost four games in a row and eight of their last 10 to drop to 43-21 on the season. With this lost, they’ve now fallen to third place in the West.


Warriors Klay Thompson labored for the second straight game following his return from a sickness (which was not COVID related) scoring seven points on 3-of-13 shooting in 31 minutes.


”Klay’s pressing,” Kerr said. ”I feel like the sickness probably affected his conditioning and his timing, so he’s struggled the last two games. And he’ll get it back.”


Warriors Jonathan Kuminga finished with 18 points. Lakers’ Avery Bradley returned after missing five games because of a right knee injury; however, he did not score in 16 minutes. Lakers Talen Horton Tucker had two points in 18 minutes after not playing against the Clippers on Thursday due to a sprained his left ankle.

Written by: Ray Fletcher

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