Coming into this game at the Staples Center, one that featured LeBron James and Stephen Curry going head-to-head in nearly 800 days, the Los Angeles Lakers had won nine of their last 10 games while the Golden State Warriors had been up-and-down with a 6-6 record.
And early on, the defending champions had their foot on the pedal.
Lakers' early domination
In the final minutes of the first quarter, the Lakers held their largest lead of 19 (33-14).
pic.twitter.com/McKEhzodlX- Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 19, 2021
At the half, Los Angeles was still comfortably ahead by 16 (64-48).
Dennis Schroder led the way with 18 points, Anthony Davis nearly had a triple-double with eight points, eight rebounds, and seven assists while Montrezl Harrell had chipped-in with 12 points in 13 minutes on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting from the field.
Curry leads but multiple Warriors star in 2nd half comeback
Coming off a quiet seven-point first half where he shot 3-of-9 from the field and 1-of-6 from long range, Curry led the comeback in the second half. He scored 19 of his game-high 26 including a clutch triple late that went on to be the game-winner.
Stephen Curry- Golden State Warriors (@warriors) January 19, 2021
'nuff said. https://t.co/b12fWHql0E pic.twitter.com/tmIuQsrNvn
"Everybody chipped in and we weathered the storm against a championship-caliber team," Curry said postgame. "Big win for us.".
Stephen Curry speaks on the @warriors' resilience after his 19-point 2nd half helps erase a 19-point deficit in Los Angeles. pic.twitter.com/pB9VoGvKd1- NBA (@NBA) January 19, 2021
But he wasn't alone. The duo of Eric Paschall and Kelly Oubre Jr. had big games as well.
Paschall tied a season-high 19 points in 19 minutes on 8-of-11 shooting from the field while Oubre Jr. had his best game as a Warrior with 23 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the field. Andrew Wiggins chipped-in with 18 while Draymond Green contributed across the board with seven points, nine assists, and eight rebounds.
Golden State made their comeback on the back of two huge runs in the second half: a 17-2 run in the third and a 15-3 rally late in the fourth.
Defensive intensity, big shots, hustle plays.. the BEST of the @warriors 19-point comeback win in Los Angeles! 🔥👀 pic.twitter.com/hoDgRTpRG1- NBA (@NBA) January 19, 2021
For the Lakers, five players finished in double figures led by the stat-sheet stuffing performance of Anthony Davis - 17 points, 17 rebounds, seven assists, three blocks, and two steals.
After this home encounter, the Lakers take their perfect 7-0 road record on a seven-game road trip while the Warriors head back to the Bay to play six of the next eight games at the Chase Center.
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