defending champion Golden State Warriors Got my edge and now it’s down to the road, which isn’t as intimidating as it used to be
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Warrior’s tied their Western Conference semifinal series against Los Angeles Lakers each game after a 127-100 win in Game 2, with the matchup now headed south for Game 3 on Saturday
No. 7-Seed lakers Showcased their fortitude in Game 1, leaning on stars Anthony Davis and LeBron James for a 117–112 victory. but it was Warrior’s‘ Stars that were on display Thursday as Klay Thompson made eight 3-pointers on his way to 30 points and Stephen Curry added 20 points and 12 assists.
what is shooting from a distance Warrior’s While doing so, the team went 21 of 42 from 3-point range (50 percent), which was a vast improvement over their 21-of-53 performance (39.6 percent) in the series opener. 42 made 3-pointers in the first two games of a playoff series is an NBA record.
“I would say I rested a little bit more,” Thompson said after a 9-for-25 overall shooting performance in Game 1. “I wasn’t happy with my Game 1 performance. Shot the ball very inefficiently. And (Thursday) I let it come to me, and I was telling myself to be patient and it paid dividends.
now after a regular season comes a road game when Warrior’s Won only 11 times away from his home. But they won a pair of road games in their first-round series against the Sacramento Kings, including a Game 7 clincher.
“They’re going home for Game 3,” said Curry, who played through foul trouble and a double-teamed defense in Game 2. “They’re probably going to go there energized and rejuvenated, so we have to show up there with the same mindset we had (Thursday) and don’t expect fatigue to be a factor in the series.”
lakers An impressive Game 1 performance from Davis got 30 points and 23 rebounds, but he was held to 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting in Game 2 and had just seven rebounds. James scored 23 points, while Rui Hachimura added 21 off the bench.
Davis said, “I took all the shots I took in Game 1; I memorized them: elbow jumpers, pocket passes to floaters, the same exact looks.” “I didn’t make any shots that I didn’t shoot in Game 1. Just missed them. That’s all.”
lakers led 33-26 after one quarter, but Warrior’s Took control with 41 points in the second quarter, then made a statement in the third quarter with 43
“We’re still the best defensive team in the league, if not one of them, that doesn’t change,” James said. “… you give credit where credit is due. We move on to the next game. But our defense, that’s where we hang our hat. It doesn’t matter who we’re playing against.”
lakers Looking to follow a similar pattern to their first round series win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Los Angeles won the first game of the series on the road, lost Game 2 and came home to take a 3–1 lead in the series with two wins.
– Field Level Media