Warriors 108 - Lakers 105
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Playoff Bound Warriors Hold Off Lakers

After Securing Playoff Berth Earlier in Evening, Splash Brothers Help Dubs Beat L.A.
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The Warriors came away with another home win on Monday night, defeating the visiting Los Angeles Lakers 108-105. Klay Thompson scored a game-high 26 points, his fifth consecutive game with at least 21 points and seventh-straight game with multiple three-pointers. Stephen Curry notched 19 points, nine assists and four rebounds, while Draymond Green filled the stat sheet with 16 points, eight rebounds and five steals. During the game, Oklahoma City lost in Dallas, thereby clinching the Warriors’ third-consecutive playoff berth.

It wasn’t their best performance, but it proved to be enough as the Dubs grinded out a nail-biter. Despite having the Lakers on the ropes several times throughout the contest, the Warriors failed to put it out of reach and required some timely defense and free throw shooting in order to come away with the victory. Golden State opened the game on a 5-0 run before Los Angeles responded with the next eight points, the first instance of the Warriors’ inability to take control of the game. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green got off to hot starts, combining to score 22 of the Warriors’ first 26 points, as the teams remained deadlocked at the end of the first quarter, tied at 30 apiece. The second quarter began quite similarly to the first frame, with the Warriors sprinting out to the first seven points. Los Angeles would continue to claw their way back into the game, until a Stephen Curry finger roll put the Warriors up 52-43 with 4:26 remaining in the half, equaling the Dubs’ largest lead of the entire contest. The Lakers would respond immediately with a 9-0 run over the next 2:09 to tie the game at 52. The Warriors would then go on to score the next six points and take a 58-52 lead into halftime.

Warriors Beat Lakers 108-105

The Warriors hold off the Lakers for a 108-105 win at Oracle Arena on a Monday night where the team clinched a spot in the playoffs for the third consecutive season.

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Warriors Beat Lakers 108-105

The Warriors hold off the Lakers for a 108-105 win at Oracle Arena on a Monday night where the team clinched a spot in the playoffs for the third consecutive season.
Mar 16, 2015  |  02:24

Lakers vs. Warriors

Stephen Curry scores 19 points and dishes out nine assists as the Warriors drop the Lakers at ORACLE Arena.
Mar 16, 2015  |  02:12

Green And-One

Draymond Green takes the pass, gets fouled and sinks the shot.
Mar 16, 2015  |  00:25

Curry to Bogut

Andrew Bogut catches the pass and finishes with an easy slam.
Mar 16, 2015  |  00:19

Iguodala to Lee

David Lee catches a nice pass and sinks a layup.
Mar 16, 2015  |  00:21

The Lakers came out of the break firing on all cylinders, scoring the first six points of the second half to retake a 60-58 lead with 9:36 remaining in the third quarter. From there, neither side could gain much separation, as a Jordan Clarkson runner would tie the game once again at 67 with 5:32 remaining in the frame. Then, a 15-7 Warriors’ burst over the next 4:01, capped by a Stephen Curry four-point play, gave the Dubs a bit of breathing room, as the game entered the fourth quarter with the Warriors up 84-78. Despite the Warriors’ attempt to run away with the contest, the Lakers hung close and made a game of it. Trailing 95-89 with 6:31 remaining, the Lakers would go on a 6-0 run over a span of 59 seconds to tie the game at 95 with 4:42 left to play. The Warriors responded with a run of their own, scoring the next seven points to lead 102-95 with 2:29 remaining. Los Angeles would close to within a single basket in the final minute and within a single point with 6.3 seconds left, but it proved to be too little, too late. Four Stephen Curry free throws and a Draymond Green steal would seal the victory in the closing seconds.

The win moves the Warriors’ record to 53-13. Now having clinched a playoff berth, they’ll put their nine-game home winning streak on the line on Wednesday when they host the East-leading Atlanta Hawks at Oracle Arena.


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