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Warriors Beat L.A. in Kobe's Final Game at Oracle Arena

Curry Sinks 8 3-Pointers and Dubs Reserves Shine in Win Over Division Rival
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There is always something a little special about games on Warriors Ground, but Thursday night’s Warriors-Lakers showdown had a little extra flare to it, and it’s no secret as to why. Always a passionate group, the fans at Oracle Arena showed nothing but class as they bid farewell to NBA legend Kobe Bryant during a 116-98 Warriors victory.

With Bryant retiring at season’s end and the Lakers looking like a lottery team, the nationally televised matchup between division rivals marked the five-time NBA Champion and 17-time NBA All-Star’s final game at Oracle Arena, and the future Hall of Famer was showered with applause throughout the evening. Among the highlights of the evening was a pregame video tribute to Bryant courtesy of Lakers legend and Warriors Executive Board Member Jerry West.

On the floor, it wasn’t one of Bryant’s best games of his storied career. He went 4-for-15 with eight points in 28 minutes, but still, he helped keep the Lakers in the game through the first half, but the Warriors began to pull away in the third quarter.

By the time the third quarter came to an end, Stephen Curry had knocked down all eight of his 3-pointers. The Warriors’ guard had a game-high 26 points and was able to rest the entire fourth quarter, along with three other fellow starters.

With the Dubs playing on the back end of a back-to-back, the Warriors struggled out of the blocks. They shot less than 40 percent over the first two quarters before returning to form in the second half. As necessary when playing on consecutive days, the Dubs got major contributions from their bench. Shaun Livingston was 6-for-8 from the floor with 17 points, Leandro Barbosa was 5-for-7 with 15 points, and Harrison Barnes added 12 points. All told, the Dubs reserves shot 22-for-36 (61.1 percent) and out-scored the Lakers reserves 58-39.

The Warriors improved to 37-3 and a perfect 19-0 at home, and up next is a three-game road trip that tips off on Saturday in Detroit.

Lakers vs. Warriors

Stephen Curry leads the way with 26 points and 8 three pointers as the Warriors beat the Lakers 116-98.

Warriors vs. Lakers - 1/14/16

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Lakers vs. Warriors

Stephen Curry leads the way with 26 points and 8 three pointers as the Warriors beat the Lakers 116-98.
Jan 14, 2016  |  01:57

Steph Rises

Stephen Curry rises and throws down a dunk against the Lakers on Thursday night at Oracle Arena.
Jan 14, 2016  |  00:24

Curry's First Quarter Splash Party

Stephen Curry knocked down three 3-pointers in the first quarter of Thursday's game against the Lakers.
Jan 14, 2016  |  00:29

Jerry West honors Kobe Bryant

Prior to tip, Kobe Bryant was honored by the man instrumental in bringing him to the Lakers.
Jan 14, 2016  |  02:26

Pull Up and Splash

Klay Thompson knocks down the transition trey on Thursday night against the Lakers.
Jan 14, 2016  |  00:12

Festus Slam

Festus brings it for the rest of us on Thursday night vs. the Lakers.
Jan 14, 2016  |  00:07

Andre Finds Draymond

A perfect pass from Andre Iguodala leads to a Draymond Green dunk.
Jan 14, 2016  |  00:09

Sky High Oop

Shaun Livingston lobs up a perfect alley-oop and Fesuts Ezeli finishes with the slam.
Jan 14, 2016  |  00:27

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