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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Warriors – Game 47 – 2023

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Los Angeles Lakers (24-23)  |  Golden State Warriors (19-24)

 

Saturday night, it was the Lakers vs Warriors. Led by LeBron James’ triple-double and D’Angelo Russell’s 28 points, the Lakers beat the Warriors 145-144 in double overtime.  

 

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The Los Angeles Lakers began their longest road trip of the season in Golden State Saturday night, where they took on the Warriors. This was the first time the purple and gold will face the Warriors this regular season since eliminating them from the NBA Playoffs last May.

The Lakers’ dominant win over the Chicago Bulls on Thursday proved that there’s still, indeed, a lot of fight in this team. They looked determined to avoid losing to this zombie Bulls team twice this season, and it was one of those games where the Lakers played up to their potential.

This year’s Warriors team had lost four out of their last six games heading into Saturday’s game and has underperformed this season. Surprisingly, Golden State is only 12-12 at home this year and hasn’t played well consistently all year.

Both teams came into the game in desperate need of a win, given their current records. Ultimately, the Lakers came out on top with an epic 145-144 double-overtime victory.

Anthony Davis missed a significant portion of the second half with a groin injury but returned in the fourth and ended the night with 29 points and 13 rebounds. LeBron James was dominant with 36 points, a career-high 20 rebounds, and 12 assists. D’Angelo Russell had some rough spots in the game but stepped up big late, nailing a go-ahead three-pointer, and ended the night with 28 points on 8-19 shooting.

The Lakers had to rally back in the fourth, going on a 12-0 run, to force overtime and squeaked out the win after trailing most of the second half.

 

Lakers vs Warriors First Quarter:

 

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The Warriors went with a small starting lineup with Draymond Green at center, and Anthony Davis was looking strong early as a result, kicking things off with a putback dunk and then a block.

LeBron James also had it going with seven early points to give the Lakers the lead, although, as he has done so many times, Stephen Curry immediately responded with a 3-pointer.

Curry got it going from there as the Lakers left him open, and he easily buried two more. Once Curry went for a rest, though, the Laker bench, led by Jarred Vanderbilt and Rui Hachimura, did an excellent job to close the quarter to take a 33-30 lead.

 

Lakers vs Warriors 2nd Quarter:

 

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Vanderbilt was everywhere to begin the second quarter, with D’Angelo Russell finding him for a dunk to force a Warriors timeout.

Warriors rookie Brandin Podziemski was doing a nice job of keeping his team in it early, though, drilling a 3 out of a timeout, and then Curry came back in and hit one to regain the lead over the Lakers.

Christian Wood gave the Lakers good minutes in the second quarter with some tough buckets. Jonathan Kuminga had a similar stretch for Golden State, though, capped off with a windmill dunk in transition. He and Andrew Wiggins had the Chase Center crowd going with their buckets down low.

It was a fun half overall for Lakers fans, with James closing it with seven straight, including a buzzer-beater, to give the Lakers a 68-63 lead into the locker room.

 

Lakers vs Warriors 3rd Quarter:

 

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The Warriors came out with good energy in the third quarter, scoring ten straight to force a Lakers timeout. Golden State continued to pour it on out of the timeout, taking a double-digit lead and forcing another timeout from Darvin Ham.

Taurean Prince, in particular, was struggling for the Lakers, so Ham eventually went to Vanderbilt to spark some energy with his team down 15.

From there, though, Davis got hit on the leg on a drive to the basket and went down in a lot of pain. He made two free throws but then went back to the locker room.

The Lakers still went on a run from there, though, with James and Vanderbilt leading the way to get back in it. But the Warriors closed the third strong to take a 99-91 lead over the Lakers.

 

Lakers vs Warriors 4th Quarter & overtimes:

 

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Davis eventually returned early in the fourth quarter after dealing with hip spasms and immediately made a floater. The Lakers continued to claw their way back, getting within two after a three-point play by Davis.

After staying quiet most of the night, Curry got going when his team needed it with some big shots late. Russell did the same for L.A., catching fire and giving his team a slim lead going into the final couple of minutes.

Davis got a big offensive rebound and made a pair of free throws to put the Lakers up three with 28.9 seconds to play. He then blocked a 3-point attempt by Curry, although the latter eventually made a layup to bring his team back within one.

The Warriors then needed to foul and did so on Davis, and he missed one of two. That allowed Curry to tie the game with a layup, sending it to overtime.

Davis found James for a layup to begin overtime, although Draymond Green then scored on the other end. That essentially summed up the overtime period as the two teams traded buckets to keep it close.

After a big layup by Reaves put the Lakers up four, Curry hit a clutch three from the corner. He then missed from midrange, however, and Russell put the Lakers up three with a pair at the line.

Steve Kerr drew up a good play out of the timeout to get the struggling Klay Thompson a look, and he drilled it to tie the game with 5.9 to play. James then missed a runner at the buzzer, forcing a second overtime.

Russell and James came up big with the first seven points of overtime to put the Lakers up five. The Warriors, of course, fought back to stay in it, though, with Curry making big shots to regain the lead for his team.

After a couple of costly turnovers by Russell, he came up huge with a 3 to put the Lakers up going into the final seconds.

Again, though, Curry hit a clutch shot, this time a 3 to put the Warriors up 144-143 with 4.7 to play. James got the ball on the final possession and drove to the basket, earning a foul. He made both, and then Curry missed from halfcourt at the buzzer, securing the win for the Lakers.

 

The Los Angeles Lakers will be in Houston to take on the Rockets on Monday, January 29th, at 5:00 pm PST. Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

 

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