What a game! Whenever these two get together in Oracle Arena, something goes down, whether it’s between the players or the fans. Tonight, the Warriors were able to build a 25 point lead, which they blew, but did just enough to win the game down the stretch by the final score of 109-103.
At the end of it all, the Warriors gained a full game on LA, and the Jazz win didn’t affect them.
In the first quarter, the Warriors were frustrating Dwight Howard, and Andrew Bogut was playing good defense. Curry and Thompson started 0/4, but eventually made it up by combining for 18 first quarter points. A 19-4 run in the quarter had the Dubs up 21-10 with 3:30 left. At the end of the quarter, the Warriors led the Lakers 28-16.
After that, the Lakers would never have the lead again. In the second quarter, the Lakers were playing poorly, only getting looks from the perimeter, while the Warriors were dicing up the Laker defense for as many points as the could score. The game got a bit out of hand, but the Warriors extended their lead to over 20, and were able to work from there. A technical foul on Howard was assesed, showing his frustration. At halftime, the Warriors led 63-40.
In the third quarter, the Lakers started off hot, and went on an 11-2 run to get themselves back into the game. Luckily, however, Thompson and Curry were on fire and kept the lead at double digits. After some scary moments for the Warriors, they were able to push their lead back up to 20, giving them some breathing space. The Lakers were 4/16 on threes, and without Metta World Peace who was injured after slipping in the second half, they weren’t good on defense. The Warriors lead 94-76 at the end of the third.
For the final period of play, the Warriors seemed to lose all sort of energy and fire. The Lakers stormed back, cutting the lead to 16, to 14, to 12, and then single digits. They went on a huge run, and the Warriors had just seven points mid-fourth. A huge Andrew Bogut basket took the lid off of the basket sealing a great Warrior win.