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Warriors Win Big Over Lakers with Season-High 26 Threes

In their combined 65 points and 16 made 3-pointers, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green led the Warriors to a 134-120 victory over the Lakers in Los Angeles on Tuesday. With a combined 11 3-pointers made by Curry and Green, the Warriors concluded the season with a season-high 26 3-pointers made at a 63.4 percent rate.

The Warriors emerged victorious in the head-to-head tiebreaker after defeating the Lakers 3-1 in the season series. The Warriors would receive the superior seed if both teams have the same record at the end of the regular season. With 0.5 games remaining in the standings, the Dubs have a far better chance of making progress and, should they win out, can at least secure a 9th-place finish. With three games remaining, they have already tied the season’s high victory total of 44, and after winning only 11 games on the road the previous year, they have won 16 of their last 20 away from home.


For the first five baskets made by the Warriors, Draymond Green either scored or assisted. In the first quarter, Green scored nine more points off his four assists and made two 3-pointers. Along with Klay Thompson and Brandin Podziemski, he made several three-pointers in the frame to help the Dubs open up a nine-point advantage.

In the second quarter, Green made three more three-pointers from the same left wing position, demonstrating his continued skill. Green finished the half a perfect 5-for-5 from deep, earning the nicknames “flamethrower” and “third Splash Brother” from TNT pundit Kevin Harlan. He shares the record with five 3-pointers made in the first half of his career.


With 26 splashes this season, the Warriors were one made 3-pointer away from setting a franchise record on Tuesday. They made NBA history by being the first team to shoot over 60% from behind the arc and make at least 25 three-pointers. The difference between the Dubs and Lakers’ three-point percentages was 42 points, which is more than Los Angeles’ own three-point percentage of 36 points. More 3-pointers were made by Curry (6), Thompson (5), and Green (5) than by any other Laker.


In a balanced defensive effort, the Warriors totaled 12 blocks, with at least one coming from seven different players. With three blocks apiece, Andrew Wiggins and Trayce Jackson-Davis led the way. However, Gary Payton II’s chase-down rejection of Rui Hachimura’s slam attempt was perhaps the most remarkable denial of the game. Despite Hachimura’s height of 6’8 and wingspan of 7’2, the 6’3 guard and his 6’8 wingspan seemed unfazed.


With 1,030 points scored in four encounters, the Warriors and Lakers’ regular season series is the highest-scoring head-to-head series in the history of these two storied clubs. In the first game of the season series at Chase Centre on January 27, these two teams combined for 289 points. With 132 points in the four games of the season series, including a 46-point performance, Stephen Curry leads all players in scoring.

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