The Golden State Warriors responded to the championship ring ceremony for the fourth time in eight years with a performance they hope will lead to a fifth of nine, edging past Stephen Curry’s 33-game high for a 123-game win. 109 against the Los Angeles Lakers. on Opening Night in the NBA on Tuesday.
Andrew Wiggins got 20 points and Klay Thompson got 18 as the Warriors, who opened their championship season a year ago with a landslide victory over the Lakers, were slowly eliminated in the final three quarters.
LeBron James took the top 31 on the team, Anthony Davis finished with 27 and Russell Westbrook took 19 for the Lakers, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a sixth straight loss on Opening night.
Scoring up to 25 points in the first quarter, the Warriors scored 34, 32 and 32 in the final three periods, scoring a total of 45.5 while trailing the Lakers 48-30 by 3 points.
Curry bombed four three of 13 attempts and Wiggins nailed four of six fewer attempts, the Golden State one-offensive pacing that saw seven different players nail 3 pointers.
Curry also found time for six rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
💦 33 PTS | 6 REB | 7 AST | 4 STL pic.twitter.com/s5YGWynBU6
– NBA (@NBA) October 19, 2022
Jordan Poole is the Fourth Warrior in doubles with 12 points from the bench while also having seven assists.
James, with 14 rebounds and Westbrook, with 11 goals, completed the doubles for the Lakers. James missed a triple triple by two assists, scoring eight.
Kendrick Nunn added 13 points off the bench for the Lakers, who missed the 2022 playoffs after finishing the regular season with 20 wins less than Golden State.
Lakers only shot 10 to 40 on 3 pointers. James made three out of 10 attempts.
After a slow start for both teams that could have been the result of a lengthy ring ceremony, the Warriors finally put on a steady offensive game in the second half, taking a 14-point lead.
Curry (16) and Poole (10) combined to get 26 points in the inning, with Golden State using 13 assists to help lead 59-52.
Davis had 15 points, James scored 14 and Westbrook scored 11 in the first half for the Lakers.
Golden State’s in-game lead is 27.
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