Warriors torch AD-less Lakers with 26 triples to claim season-series win

Published April 10, 2024, 1:20 PMNBA.com Philippines Staff

The City of Angels turned to Splash City in just a blink of an eye, as the Golden State Warriors made it rain against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Warriors core trio of Steph, Klay and Draymond were all on target in a decisive win over the Lakers.

Klay Thompson scored 27 points, while Stephen Curry went perfect beyond the three-point line as the Golden State Warriors torched the Anthony-Davis less Los Angeles Lakers, 134-120, to win their regular season series.

 Big-time win on the road for the @Warriors 🍿

The trio of Thompson, Curry and Draymond Green accounted for 16 of Golden State’s season-high 26 three-pointers in a scintillating display of outside marksmanship.

Steph finished with 23 markers, seven boards, and eight dimes while hitting all of his six three-point attempts, including this beautiful pass to a cutting Thompson in the third.

LeBron James scored a basket to make it a single digit game at 106-98 with 10:05 left in regulation. But Golden State buried the Los Angeles with a barrage of triples and some excellent defensive efforts highlighted by this Gary Payton II block. 

 GP2 rises up to deny the dunk attempt late in the 4th quarter 🚫

The Warriors also turned up the notch in defense, recording 12 blocks compared to the Lakers’ three.

Green started the three-point party by hitting all of his first five three-pointers and put up 15 first-half points as the Warriors raced to an early 71-60 lead.

James led the way for his squad with 33 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds while Austin Reaves added 22 points and Rui Hachimura had 20.

LeBron didn't arrive until just over an hour before tipoff against the Warriors after missing that loss to the Wolves due to an apparent case of the flu.

The NBA’s all-time leading scorer didn't do his usual on-court workout, but still suited up. Golden State (44-35) now won eight of nine down the stretch to move within a half-game of ninth-place Los Angeles (45-35).

The win also put the Dubs in a good position after winning their head-to-head tiebreaker over their rivals. This will put the homecourt advantage for a potential no. 9 vs no. 10 Play-In game next week in the Warriors' hands over their final three regular-season games.