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Lakers vs. Warriors - NBA Highlights - October 18, 2022

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SAN FRANCISCO — — After all the exciting NBA Finals battles of the past decade, Stephen Curry and LeBron James can put on a great show even in their 30s.

The opening night between these two greats showed why Curry’s team is on top these days.

Curry started the season with 33 points, seven assists and six rebounds despite a slow start to the season, and the Golden State Warriors defeated James and the Los Angeles Lakers 123-109 on Tuesday night after receiving the championship rings in a pre-game ceremony.

“The win got me excited. Ring night is never an easy game, and the first game of the season is often a bit tense early on,” said manager Steve Kerr.

Jordan Poole threw a nice bounce pass to Draymond Green, who was driving for a layup, and almost two weeks after Green punched Poole in practice on Oct. it looked perfect. his feelings. Poole finished the game with 12 points and 7 assists.

When asked if there was any improvement between him and Green, Poole said, “We got out there, we had a job to do to win a game tonight.” “It was ring night and that’s what we really focused on finishing the first game. It was a big win against a really good team.”

James had 31 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists, while Russell Westbrook had 19 points and 11 rebounds. Anthony Davis added 27 points, but the Lakers lost their way to NBA Finals MVP Curry and Co.

“This third quarter is where they’ve always excelled when they’ve made this transition to being a strong team,” said James. “You always have to be ready for the third quarters and tonight we weren’t.”

Curry missed the first five three-pointers and finished 10 deep by 22, 4 by 13.

Klay Thompson contributed 18 points in 20 minutes for the Warriors, who celebrated their fourth title in eight years.

“It’s really fun to be a part of, it’s really fun to watch,” Poole said. “…These guys have played at the highest level time and again.”

Kerr limited the minutes of Thompson and Green, who were out of the team until last Thursday. Kerr said Thompson will increase his minutes each game as a precaution after his return in January from more than 2 1/2 years of absence due to left knee and right Achilles tendon surgeries.

Warriors center James Wiseman is in his first game since the 2019-20 rookie season after sitting down after surgery to his right knee last season. He had eight points and seven rebounds.

The Lakers’ 22 turnovers led to 27 points for the Warriors.

“Whether you take a shot or miss a shot, you’re going to flip the ball, anyway, you have to have a short memory and move on to the next game,” said Darvin Ham, first-year head coach of Los Angeles. It has to be something that’s in our tissue, not just against Golden State, but against the entire league.”

SAGINAW PROUD

Ham was excited to represent Saginaw, Michigan in his first coaching game, and was also proud to be Green’s hometown.

“I’m excited for the city of Saginaw, Michigan to see a kid who represents the city well and plays really good basketball and has been playing at a high level for his entire career at Draymond Green,” Ham said. “And now they see another kid who is the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. It’s a great night for Saginaw.”

TIPS

Lakers: F Juan Toscano-Anderson inherited the championship ring from his former team, who became the first player to accept sparkly jewels. … Patrick Beverley took his third foul at 5:46 in the first half and shot 5/5 for three points. … C Thomas Bryant has had surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb and is scheduled to be re-evaluated by team doctors in about three weeks. “He came in and it was bothering him. The way he played, adjusting the screens, diving into the ground, big somersaults, really getting the physical, it could have been anywhere,” Ham said. “He has recovered again today, so we look forward to a speedy recovery with him.”

Warriors: The Warriors have three home wins against the Lakers. … Golden State 6-1 in the opening at home after the championship season. … F Andre Iguodala was inactive for the opening as he observed the Warriors’ nagging left hip and managed the 38-year-old forward’s playing time at the start of his 19th season.

NEXT

The Lakers will host the Clippers at home on Thursday.

Warriors: The Nuggets will host Denver on Friday night in the rematch of this year’s first round of the playoffs, after the Nuggets inflicted their only pre-season defeat to the Warriors last Friday.

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