Warriors outlast Lakers again in Draymond's return to the court
Warriors triumphant in Draymond's return
OAKLAND -- With Draymond Green back in the lineup for the first time in two weeks, the Warriors found enough energy to hold off the Lakers and run their win streak to 11 with a 113-106 victory Friday night at Oracle Arena.
Kevin Durant scored a game-high 33 points, while Jordan Bell had 20, Klay Thompson 16, Green 13 and Omri Casspi 10 as the Warriors moved past Houston and into first place in the Western Conference for the first time this season.
The Warriors (26-6) are one-half game ahead of the Rockets (25-6).
Durant was fabulous, but the Warriors needed Bell to be good and he was.
Making his third start at center -- but first alongside Green at power forward -- the rookie acquitted himself nicely, giving the Warriors something to think about as the season goes on.
Bell’s line: 20 points (9-of-13 shooting from the field, 2-of-2 from the line), 10 rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal. He played 25 minutes and finished a team-best plus-22 in the first double-double game of his career.
Taking a 99-97 into a Lakers timeout with 3:12 to play, the Warriors came out and scored six points in 58 seconds, creating late separation, taking a 105-97 lead with 2:14 to play and holding on over the final two minutes.
When the Warriors closed the first half on a 14-5 run, taking a 61-44 lead into the locker room, it appeared they were in command. They led by as much as 23 in the third quarter before the Lakers rallied to get back in the game in the fourth quarter.
Warriors: F Andre Iguodala (flu-like symptoms) was listed as probable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff. G Shaun Livingston (R knee soreness) and C Zaza Pachulia (L shoulder soreness) were listed as questionable and downgraded to out prior to tipoff. G Stephen Curry (R ankle sprain) is listed as out.
Lakers: C Brook Lopez (R ankle sprain) is listed as out.
The Warriors return to action late Saturday afternoon, when they face the Denver Nuggets. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4:30, with tipoff at Oracle Arena scheduled for 5:30.