Stephen Curry bombed in a three-pointer with 1:07 remaining and the Golden State Warriors forced LeBron James into an errant three-pointer at the horn, completing a shocking, 115-113 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, January 18 (Tuesday, January 19, Manila time).
Curry finished with 26 points, the last 3 giving Golden State a 115-110 lead.
James countered with two free throws with 51.2 seconds left and Los Angeles’ Dennis Schroder made one 21 seconds later to slice the deficit to a single possession. After Curry missed a jumper, the Lakers had one final possession with 11.3 seconds left.
After a timeout, James could do no better than get an off-balance 28-footer that missed the mark, ending the Lakers’ five-game winning streak.
After trailing by as many as 19 points in the 1st quarter, the Warriors clawed back into contention, but the Lakers retained a 106-97 advantage with 5:52 to go.
Brad Wanamaker then ignited what turned into a 15-2 run with consecutive hoops to get the visitors within 106-101.
After Schroder hit two free throws to open the gap to 7 points, Curry took over, scoring 5 consecutive points to get Golden State within 108-106 with 3:13 to play.
Kelly Oubre Jr got the Warriors even for the first time since the 1st quarter at the 3:10 mark, after which Draymond Green, who had totaled just 3 points to that point, hit consecutive interior shots for a 112-108 advantage with 1:39 to go.
Oubre had 23 points, Eric Paschall 19, and Andrew Wiggins 18 to back Curry for the Warriors.
Green complemented 7 points with team highs in rebounds (8) and assists (9) for the Warriors, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
Schroder had 25 points to pace the Lakers, who are 7-0 on the road this season but just 4-4 at home.
James finished with 19 points, Anthony Davis and Montrezl Harris 17 apiece, and Kyle Kuzma 15 for the Lakers, who shot just 9-for-29 on three-point attempts and were outscored 36-27 from beyond the arc.
Davis had a game-high 17 rebounds and Kuzma 10 to complete double-doubles for Los Angeles. – Rappler.com