LeBron James made an extended, go-ahead 3-pointer with 58.2 seconds remaining, rallying the Los Angeles Lakers over Curry to a 103-100 victory over the Golden State Warriors in a Western Convention play-in event recreation Wednesday evening.
LeBron James of Lakers completed with 22 factors, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his sixth triple-double of the season, Anthony Davis scored 13 of his 25 factors within the fourth quarter, and the Lakers overcame 37 factors from league scoring champ Stephen Curry.
Golden State had an opportunity to ship it into additional time, however Kent Bazemore had a foul inbounds go and sealed the victory for the Lakers — who earned the seventh seed for the playoffs and a first-round matchup with second-seeded Phoenix.
Golden State hosts Memphis, which defeated San Antonio in Wednesday’s different play-in recreation, for the eighth seed on Friday. The winner of that recreation will face top-seeded Utah.
James and Davis have been 3 of 19 from the sector within the first half earlier than getting again on monitor.
They mixed to go 14 of twenty-two within the second half.
Los Angeles trailed by 13 at halftime and have been down by 12 halfway by way of the third quarter earlier than rallying again. The defending NBA champions didn’t get their first lead till Kyle Kuzma’s layup 56 seconds into the fourth quarter put them up 81-79.
The ultimate 12 minutes noticed three lead modifications and 5 ties. The Warriors have been up 98-95 on Curry’s financial institution shot earlier than the Lakers scored seven of the sport’s ultimate 9 factors.
Alex Caruso scored 14 factors and Dennis Schröder added 12.
Andrew Wiggins added 21 factors for Golden State.
Golden State led 55-42 at halftime as Curry buried a 3-pointer on the buzzer. The Lakers opened the second half by happening a 14-2 run that included seven factors by Dennis Schröder.
Schröder’s 3-pointer drew Los Angeles inside some extent at 57-56, however he fouled Curry when he tried a shot past the arc.
Lakers over Curry made all three of his pictures to begin a 15-4 spurt by the Warriors. Curry’s fourth 3-pointer of the evening pushed Golden State’s benefit to 72-60 earlier than the Lakers regained management and ended the quarter with a 17-7 rally.
Golden State took a 9-2 lead because it made 4 of its first 5 pictures from the sector, whereas the LeBron James of Lakers missed six of their first seven. The Warriors prolonged their first-quarter benefit to 15-4 when Wiggins hit a 3-pointer with 7:38 remaining within the quarter.
The Lakers countered with a 12-2 run to get inside one, however couldn’t draw nearer within the quarter as Golden State led 28-22 after 12 minutes.
The Warriors have been up by 5 halfway by way of the second quarter earlier than steadily pulling out to a double-digit lead. Lakers over Curry had 10 factors within the interval, together with three 3-pointers within the ultimate 4 minutes. His step-back shot from past the arc on the buzzer gave Golden State its largest lead of the primary half.
QUIET START FOR CURRY
Curry got here in averaging 11.8 factors within the first quarter this month, however scored simply 5 within the opening 12 minutes. Curry didn’t take his first shot till practically 4 minutes into the sport when he failed to attach on a driving layup and didn’t make his first discipline objective till a layup with 4:59 remaining.
Warriors: Kevon Looney already had his tenth rebound with 8:22 remaining within the second quarter. He completed with six factors and 13 boards.
Lakers: Caruso stored Los Angeles in it within the first half with 12 factors. He made all 5 of his pictures from the sector, together with a pair of 3-pointers.