By STEVE DILBECK, Related Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stephen Curry was having an off night time. By the point the fourth quarter ended, he had hit solely six of 17 photographs — and three of these misses have been air balls.
However when the sport went into additional time, the 2-time MVP confirmed once more what makes him the NBA’s greatest shooter.
Curry hit two three-tips that could open the additional interval and the Warriors outlasted the pesky Los Angeles Lakers 127-123 on Wednesday.
“Clearly, he had a horrible begin to the sport, however what makes Steph, Steph, is on an evening like tonight he can nonetheless make big performs,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr stated.
“It takes a particular participant to bounce again inside the similar recreation and have the ability to reverse that, and that’s what he did.”
Curry scored 28 factors, thirteen in additional time. Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 29 factors and Klay Thompson added 20 as Golden State prevented dropping consecutive video games for the primary time this season.
The Lakers received a profession-excessive 32 factors from Brandon Ingram to push the defending champs into additional time. He and Durant dueled again-and-forth all night time.
It was the primary assembly of the season between the division foes, additionally making it the primary matchup between Curry and Lakers rookie level guard Lonzo Ball.
Ball completed with 15 factors and a recreation-excessive 10 assists. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Jordan Clarkson added 21 factors every for the Lakers, with Julius Randle scoring 20.
“I really like the best way our guys competed defensively,” Los Angeles coach Luke Walton stated. “We set a problem for them — let’s be aggressive however sensible. The Warriors are scuffling with turnovers thus far this yr, so we needed to make use of that to our benefit.”
Golden State turned the ball over 22 occasions.
“Tonight was completely galling,” Kerr stated. “There have been some thoughts-boggling performs on the market, and I don’t know what to inform you. We’ve received to have the ability to take higher care of the ball and make higher selections.”
It helps when you’ve gotten Curry, who regardless of struggling virtually all night time, can shortly step up when wanted.
“It comes from expertise and figuring out how you can cope with dangerous capturing nights, and keep it up,” he stated. “Clearly, it occurred. You attempt to play smarter and get your self right into a rhythm.”
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