Instant Analysis: Sloppy Warriors escape LA with OT win over Lakers
After sleepwalking through most of regulation Wednesday night in Los Angeles, the Warriors snapped awake in overtime and snatched 127-123 win over the Lakers.
Stephen Curry, playing with a bandaged right hand, struggled with his shot most of the night but scored 13 of his 28 points in the extra period.
Kevin Durant scored a team-high 29 points, Klay Thompson put in 20, Draymond Green 15 and Zaza Pachulia 11 as the Warriors shot an even 50 percent from the field.
The Warriors (16-6) for the second consecutive game allowed an opponent to shoot better than 49 percent. LA shot 49. 5 percent. Through the Warriors first 20 games, no team reached that level.
This was a Curry/Durant production.
Curry’s line: 28 points (9-of-20 from the field, 3-of-9 from deep, 7-of-8 from the line), seven assists and five rebounds. He played 39 minutes and finished plus-4.
Durant’s line: 29 points (12-of-25 shooting, including 3-of-7 from deep, 2-of-4 from the line), seven rebounds and five assists. He played 42 minutes and finished plus-8.
Curry opened the OT period with back-to-back 3-pointers in the first 58 seconds, giving the Warriors a 115-109 lead and forcing the Lakers to call a timeout.
The Warriors never again lost the lead, with the Lakers getting as close as 1 (124-123) inside the final minute of OT.
Warriors: G Stephen Curry (R hand bruise) and F Kevin Durant (L ankle sprain) were listed as probable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff. C David West (L knee lateral soreness) was listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.
Lakers: No injuries were listed in the afternoon. F Kyle Kuzma strained his back during pregame warmups and was declared out.
The Warriors return to the court Friday in Orlando, where they face the Magic at Amway Center. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 3 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 4:05.