The NBA’s Golden State Warriors counterattacked the Los Angeles (LA) Lakers with shooter Klay Thompson, who scored 3 points and 8 shots alone.
Golden State defeated the Lakers 127-100 in the home game of the second round of the 2022-2023 NBA Western Conference Playoffs (PO) held at the Chase Center in San Francisco, California on the 5th (Korean time).
Golden State, who lost the first game 112-117, matched the series record with 1 win and 1 loss.
Defending champion Golden State, who entered the PO in 6th place in the regular league, met the 7th place Lakers, who overcame the 3rd place Sacramento Kings and defeated the 2nd place Memphis Grizzlies after a bloody battle from the 1st round of the PO to the 7th game.
This series was noted for the confrontation between LeBron James and Stephen Curry, who fought fiercely in the championship match for four consecutive years from 2015 to 2018.
However, players who form a one-two punch with two players in their team are more active.
In Game 1, Anthony Davis of the Lakers was fierce with 30 points, 23 rebounds and 4 blocked shots, and in Game 2, Thompson shone.
On this day, Thompson scored 30 points with 3 points and 8 shots (72.7% success rate) in 31 minutes.
Curry added 20 points and 12 assists, and Draymond Green also contributed 11 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists.
In addition to the leading players, forward Jermical Green drove the Lakers by scoring 15 points.
Green’s starting appearance was a ‘solution’ brought out by Golden State coach Steve Kerr, whose offensive work was gradually pushed to the outside in the defense under the waterless goal led by Davis in the first game.
Thanks to putting Green, who has three points in place of Kevon Rooney, as a center, Davis’ defensive position moved to the outside, and Golden State’s offense also revived.
Golden State, who faced the second half with an 11-point lead thanks to Thompson’s 19-point performance in the first half alone, scored 5 3-pointers within 6 minutes of the 3rd quarter, resulting in a score gap of over 20 points.
Afterwards, the Lakers failed to close the gap to within 20 points and gave up the game.
On this day, Golden State boasted firepower, throwing 42 3-pointers and making 21 of them.
He also won the battle for air supremacy against the Lakers, who had become loose under the goal by dragging Davis out. Golden State grabbed 65 rebounds while the Lakers had just 49.크크크벳
At the Lakers, James posted 23 points and 7 rebounds. Japanese player Rui Hachimura also sortied off the bench and scored 21 points.