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Post Game: Warriors hold off Lakers after some 4th quarter heroics
Thompson has game-high 33. Curry with 24 and 8.
The Golden State Warriors held of a strong effort from LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers to come away from Chase Center with a feel good win. Walking into this one off two consecutive losses, it felt like this game was going to me an emotional one, no matter how it ended.
Thankfully, the Splash Brothers came through.
Klay was absolutely incredible. This game had a strong “Strength in Numbers” vibe to it as the Warriors took a big risk by not only giving rookie, Jonathan Kuminga (18 points, 9 rebounds in 25 minutes) the start, but putting him as the primary defender on LeBron James all night too.
Otto Porter was playing on a minutes restriction, but had some critical plays late. He’s got the size and savvy to plug into any situation and help the lineup.
But tonight was really Thompson’s night. We’ll have deeper coverage coming your way on the game tomorrow, but there was a visceral excitement to Klay’s contributions tonight. One play in particular: Curry forces a pass to the interior, the defense bats the ball… right into the waiting hands of Thompson, who promptly drills a three right in LeBron James’ frustrated face.
And then the backbreaker maximum swagger three:
There have been some massive battles against James, but tonight was not one of his better nights. He seemed reluctant to deal with Kuminga (who got a few early runaway dunks) and then wasn’t really attacking the rookie on the other end.
26 points on 27 shots and the bricked free throws with the game on the line don’t matter a whole lot in the grand scheme of things, but it makes for a happy Saturday night in Dub Nation.