NBA: Warriors thump Lakers to start title protection


Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after he made a three-point basket and he was fouled by the Los Angeles Lakers at Chase Center on October 18, 2022 in San Francisco, California.

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after he made a three-point basket and he was fouled by the Los Angeles Lakers at Chase Heart on October 18, 2022 in San Francisco, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Photos/AFPye

The Golden State Warriors responded to a fourth championship-ring ceremony within the final eight years with a efficiency they hope will result in a fifth in 9, using Stephen Curry’s game-high 33 factors to a 123-109 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers on Opening Evening within the NBA on Tuesday.

Andrew Wiggins chipped in with 20 factors and Klay Thompson had 18 because the Warriors, who opened their championship season a 12 months in the past with a highway win over the Lakers, regularly pulled away over the ultimate three quarters.

LeBron James went for a team-high 31 factors, Anthony Davis completed with 27 and Russell Westbrook tallied 19 for the Lakers, however it wasn’t sufficient to stop a sixth straight loss on Opening Evening.

Held to 25 factors within the first quarter, the Warriors poured in 34, 32 and 32 over the ultimate three durations, taking pictures 45.5 general whereas outscoring the Lakers 48-30 on 3-pointers.

Curry bombed in 4 threes in 13 makes an attempt and Wiggins nailed one other 4 in six fewer tries, pacing a Golden State assault that noticed seven completely different gamers nail 3-pointers.

Curry additionally discovered time for six rebounds, seven assists and 4 steals.

Jordan Poole was a fourth Warrior in double figures with 12 factors off the bench whereas additionally allotting seven assists.

James, with 14 rebounds, and Westbrook, with 11 boards, accomplished double-doubles for the Lakers. James missed a triple-double by two assists, notching a game-high eight.

Kendrick Nunn added 13 factors off the bench for the Lakers, who missed the 2022 playoffs after ending the common season with 20 fewer wins than Golden State.

The Lakers shot simply 10-for-40 on 3-pointers. James made three in 10 makes an attempt.

After a sluggish begin for each groups that might have been the results of the lengthy ring ceremony, the Warriors lastly obtained their offensive sport in gear within the second quarter, working out to as many as a 14-point lead.

Curry (16) and Poole (10) mixed for 26 factors within the half, throughout which Golden State used 13 assists to assist construct a 59-52 lead.

Davis had 15 factors, James posted 14 and Westbrook nabbed 11 within the half for the Lakers.

Golden State’s greatest lead within the sport was 27.

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