LA Lakers win seventh game in a row with LeBron James sidelined as Anthony Davis and Co keep high-flyers top of Western Conference with 116-86 rout of Golden State Warriors
- The LA Lakers made it seven wins on the spin against Golden State Warriors
- With LeBron James sidelined, Anthony Davis scored 23 points and six rebounds
- James was rested due to recurring soreness in his troublesome left groin
- Warriors coach Steve Kerr said his side are in desperate need of a win
The Los Angeles Lakers made it seven wins on the spin as Anthony Davis picked up the baton from sidelined LeBron James to guide his team to a resounding win over the Golden State Warriors.
Davis scored 23 points and six rebounds in three quarters as the Lakers broke an NBA record in notching their 18th win in a row on the road against the Western Conference, beating the injury-plagued Golden State Warriors 116-86 on Thursday night without King James.
It meant taking better care of the ball in the second half and bringing energy on both ends.
Anthony Davis (centre) filled in for the sidelined LeBron James as LA Lakers beat the Warriors
Davis scored 23 points and six rebounds as the Lakers made it seven wins on the spin
Los Angeles Lakers 116-86 Golden State Warriors
New York Knicks 106-115 Philadelphia 76ers
Portland Trail Blazers 100-106 Indiana Pacers
Sacramento Kings 108-112 Oklahoma City Thunder
‘LeBron, when he’s out, it’s taking away a lot of things that we do, so it’s on all of us to make sure we kind of fill those voids, and I think we did that tonight,’ Davis said.
Rajon Rondo started in place of James and contributed 12 points and six assists as Los Angeles turned it into a rout with a 40-17 third quarter. James sat out because of recurring soreness in his troublesome left groin.
Davis shot 6 for 13, made 10 of 12 free throws and also had a pair of blocked shots and steals for the Lakers, whose 12 first-half turnovers allowed the Warriors to keep it close. Kyle Kuzma added 18 points off the bench.
Lakers star James was sidelined on Thursday to rest his recurring left groin problem
Rookie Eric Paschall scored 23 points off the bench for his 11th 20-point game and Jordan Poole had 16 in the Warriors’ eighth straight loss both overall and at home in new Chase Center. Poole limped off with 5:44 remaining in the third after rolling his right ankle then later returned after getting it re-taped – but it briefly left Golden State with eight available players, two of those on 10-day deals.
Golden State guard Ky Bowman went down with 1:11 to play and was helped off.
Warriors forward Draymond Green’s return from a two-game absence with a bruise in his right pelvic area was a short one. He was ejected 5:45 before halftime on his second technical just 11 seconds after his first at 5:56.
It was a bad night for the Warriors as Draymond Green was dismissed for a second technical
Golden State also missed Andrew Wiggins, a late absentee with spasms in his upper back. And if it couldn’t get worse for the home team, beloved Lakers super-sub Alex Caruso drew late MVP chants as the arena quickly emptied.
This losing streak is wearing on the Warriors.
‘We need to win a game,’ coach Steve Kerr said. ‘We need to win a game once in a while to feel better about things. Right now we’re in a bad stretch. It’s tough.’
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