LeBron James made a pair of free throws with 1.2 seconds left within the second extra time to cap his triple-double of 36 factors, 20 rebounds and 12 assists, outdueling Stephen Curry because the Los Angeles Lakers held off the Golden State Warriors 145-144 on Saturday evening.
Curry hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds left within the second OT and made one other over Anthony Davis with 1:22 to go on the way in which to 46 factors with a season-high 9 3s.
D’Angelo Russell related from deep with 53 seconds left within the second OT and likewise hit one other earlier within the interval after additionally making two 3-pointers late in regulation on the way in which to twenty-eight factors.
James scored 12 factors within the two OT durations and recorded his third triple-double of the season and one hundred and tenth of his profession. Davis added 29 factors and 13 rebounds.
Klay Thompson hit a tying 3 with 5.9 seconds remaining within the preliminary extra time and one other late within the second further interval earlier than fouling out with 1:14 left in Golden State’s first double-OT sport since a 143-141 victory in opposition to Atlanta on Jan. 2, 2023.
Davis returned after an harm scare within the third. He made a pair of free throws with 29 seconds to go in regulation, then missed the primary of two with 14.7 seconds left – giving Golden State the ball down 118-116. Curry drove by the paint for a tying layup with slightly below 6 seconds left to power extra time.
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These star-studded groups performed one other thrilling sport after the Lakers beat the Warriors in a six-game Western Convention semifinals final yr. Curry notched his second straight sport with six or extra 3s and third in 5 and likewise his fifth consecutive sport with 25 or extra factors. It was his third 40-point efficiency this season and sixty fifth of his profession.
James and Davis mixed to shoot 14 for 19 within the first half and wound up 25 of 49 for the evening and contributed to a 55-50 rebounding edge.
The Warriors scored a season excessive factors and their 23 3-pointers have been a season greatest. Golden State used its fifteenth beginning lineup – with Draymond Inexperienced and Jonathan Kuminga on the ground for the opening tip collectively for the primary time this season.
Kuminga adopted up his career-best 31-point efficiency Thursday with 22 factors on an evening Thompson missed his preliminary 5 3-point makes an attempt and was 1 for 10 earlier than connecting on two 3s halfway by the third. Kuminga has scored 20 or extra factors in a career-best six straight video games.
James scored the ultimate seven factors of the primary half because the Lakers led 68-63 on the break. They started 1 of seven after the break earlier than Russell’s 3 on the 8:05 mark.
This was one other wild one for the Warriors after Golden State misplaced 134-133 to Sacramento on Thursday evening in one other 2023 playoff rematch. The Warriors eradicated the Kings in Recreation 7 of their first-round matchup.
Thompson performed in his 758th profession sport to maneuver previous the late Nate Thurmond and into sole possession of fifth place on the Warriors’ all-time checklist. Golden State has performed in an NBA-leading 32 clutch video games.
Lakers: At Houston on Monday evening to begin a back-to-back on the street with a sport at Atlanta on Tuesday.
Warriors: Host the 76ers on Tuesday evening.