NBA: New-look Lakers edge Warriors | Inquirer Sports

NBA: New-look Lakers edge Warriors

/ 01:06 PM February 12, 2023

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D’Angelo Russell #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles past Jordan Poole #3 of the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Chase Center on February 11, 2023 in San Francisco, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Rui Hachimura hit two key hoops down the stretch, joining fellow newcomers D’Angelo Russell and Jarred Vanderbilt in double-figure scoring as the Los Angeles Lakers held off the host Golden State Warriors 109-103 on Saturday night in San Francisco.

Dennis Schroder had a team-high 26 points and Anthony Davis put up a 13-point, 16-rebound double-double with three blocks for the Lakers, who snapped a three-game losing streak.


The Lakers moved within 2 1/2 games of the ninth-seeded Warriors in the tightly bunched Western Conference playoff race.


LeBron James sat out his second straight game with a sore left foot. Stephen Curry missed his third in a row with an injured left knee.

Jordan Poole totaled 29 points for the Warriors, including the team’s first 17 in the fourth quarter, single-handedly rallying Golden State into a 96-93 lead with 6:23 to play.

But Russell, acquired at the trade deadline from Minnesota, hit consecutive shots to stall the Golden State rush, and Hachimura buried a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 4:37 remaining to put the guests on top for good.

Los Angeles eventually went up by as many as seven, that coming when Hachimura, picked up well before the deadline from Washington, buried a 15-footer with 2:34 left.


Hachimura finished with 16 points, Russell 15 and Vanderbilt 12 for the Lakers, who hadn’t seen the Warriors since a 123-109 loss on Opening Night. The rivals have two regular-season meetings remaining, both in Los Angeles.

Hachimura also found time for seven rebounds, Russell for five boards and a team-high six assists, and Vanderbilt for eight rebounds and four assists.

Scoring 20 or more for the eighth time this season, Schroder hit seven of his 12 shots, helping the Lakers outshoot the Warriors 44.9 percent to 41.7 percent.

KIay Thompson chipped in with 15 points for the Warriors, but he shot just 3-for-13 on 3-pointers on a night when Golden State went 12-for-44.

Draymond Green had a 12-point, 10-assist double-double to complement seven rebounds and two steals for the Warriors, while Andrew Wiggins totaled 12 points, JaMychal Green 11 and Ty Jerome 10.

Kevon Looney snatched a team-high 13 rebounds for Golden State, which has lost four of its last six.


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