the Golden State Warriors He finished the first half of Game 5 on Wednesday with an 11-point lead.
When they opened the second half with a score of 9-2, they were in control. With their postseason in jeopardy, the NBA champions came back from a massive loss in Game 4 with the win 121-106 Over the Los Angeles Lakers To make sure their season doesn’t end on a Wednesday.
Adding to the Lakers’ woes, they lost Anthony Davis He sustained a head injury late in the game, leaving his Game 6 condition in doubt.
Hot Warriors from early 3
Golden State opened Wednesday looking like it had the most wins of its four-tournament career, connecting on four three-pointers in the first 4:30 of the game on its way to a 17-5 lead. A Lakers team that has continued to strengthen since responding to a mid-season roster change and erasing their early deficit with a 50-50 tie midway through the second quarter. I did this by looking over and over for davis, who thrived against supremacy Kevon Looney in the post.
But the Warriors looked the ball deep again going 20-9 to close out the half with four more three-pointers. They finished 6-0 in the last 30 seconds including 3 of Clay Thompson And another from Stephen Curry as the bell sounded.
The Warriors then opened up the second half by repeatedly attacking the basket and extended their 11-point halftime edge to 79-61 with a 9-2 lead. The Lakers cut the deficit with Curry benched to finish in third place, but Golden State led by 11 points going into the fourth quarter.
It was a familiar setting on Monday, when the Warriors led by 7 after three. But there was no late Lakers rally this time on Golden State’s home floor. Los Angeles She never again came close to 9 points. When they lost Davis to an injury in the fourth, the game was over.
Anthony Davis leaves late with a head injury
Davis took an unintentional elbow to the head from Looney midway through the fourth quarter and left for the sideline.
After sitting on the bench with his head in his hands in apparent pain, he walked into the tunnel with the help of the Warriors leading 102-90. He looked agitated as he left the court.
Davis was He was then reportedly escorted to the locker room in a wheelchair For further evaluation before the end of the game. He was axed soon after. After the game, coach Darvin Hamm said Davis’ condition had improved.
The Lakers did not provide an immediate diagnosis, and Davis’ Game 6 condition was not clear after the game.
Carrie performs, and gets a lot of help
Curry again led the way for Golden State with 27 points and 8 assists while shooting 12-of-24 from the floor. But unlike Monday’s loss when none of his teammates scored more than 17 points, he had a lot of assists.
Andrew Wiggins He added 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists while shooting 10-of-18 from the floor. Draymond Green He was unusually aggressive on offense while tallying 20 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. He shot 7-of-11 from the field for his second 20-plus point effort in the postseason. Gary Payton II He added 13 points along with 6 rebounds while shooting 4-of-5 from the court.
Shooting problems still plagued Thompson (10 points, 3-of-12 from the field) and Jordan Paul (11 points, 5-of-14 from the field). Their reaction in Los Angeles to Game 6 will be critical to Golden State’s chances of securing a Game 7 at home.
LeBron James He led the Lakers with 25 points and 9 rebounds while shooting 9-of-17 from the field. Davis slowed his 18-point first half pace before his injury and finished the game with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. He did the bulk of his damage against Looney, who was moved to the bench since game one as Green anchored the position in the Warriors’ small-ball lineup.
Game 6 is scheduled for Friday night in Los Angeles.