Excellent Live News On January 19, , the Warriors narrowly beat the Lakers 115-113, completing a 19-point reversal.
After 755 days, James and Curry faced off again. In terms of personal performance, the 36-year-old James contributed 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, and missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.
The 32-year-old Curry contributed 26 points and 7 assists, and hit a key three-pointer at the end of the final quarter.
Compared with 755 days ago, it is the Warriors and Curry who have the last laugh this time.
Teammate lineup has changed a lot
The last confrontation between the two dates back to December 26, 2018.
In that game, the Lakers beat the Warriors 127-101. Compared with that time, the lineups of both teams have undergone tremendous changes.
In the game 755 days ago, the Lakers played 12 players, and among those 12 players, only James, Kuzma and Pope are still with the Lakers.
On the Warriors side, they also have 12 players. Among the 12 players, five are still in the Warriors, Curry, Thompson, Green, Rooney and Damien Lee.
The most interesting thing is Alfonso McKinney and Quinn Cook. In the confrontation 755 days ago, they were wearing Warriors jerseys. Today, they are wearing Lakers jerseys.
A change in lineup also means a change in strength.
In the game 755 days ago, although the Warriors lost to the Lakers by a large margin, before that game, the Warriors had 23 wins and 11 losses, and the Lakers had 19 wins and 14 losses. The Warriors are a stronger team overall.
In this game, the Warriors narrowly beat the Lakers, but the overall strength is really not as good as their opponents.
Before the game, the Lakers ranked first in the Western Conference, while the Warriors were only the eighth team in the Western Conference.
Compared with 755 days ago, Durant is no longer in the team, Thompson is also reimbursed for the season, Curry’s teammates are replaced by Oubre and Wiggins, the hard power has dropped a lot, and the Lakers are not what they used to be, James
By his side are no longer Ball and Ingram, but thick eyebrows. The Lakers are stronger than they were 755 days ago.
A seemingly suspenseless game has an unexpected ending.
The Warriors are Impressive
Before the game started, many people predicted that it would be a one-sided game.
After all, when it comes to strength and state, the Lakers, who are in the winning streak, far surpass the Warriors, and the progress of the first quarter of the game seems to be almost the same as everyone’s expectations.
The Lakers led the Warriors by 12 points in the first quarter, and they have the momentum to smash their opponents.
In the second quarter, although the Warriors struggled a bit, they were still powerless to stop the Lakers’ offensive.
At halftime, the Lakers led the Warriors by 16 points.
Unexpectedly, in the first half of the third quarter, the Warriors played a 20-6 climax and narrowed the point difference to only two points. The outcome of the game seemed to be in suspense again.
But the Lakers held the Warriors down again in the second half of the third quarter. Thick Eyebrow and James scored consecutively, entering the final quarter with an 11-point difference.
Before this game, the Lakers led the game with 9 wins and 1 loss in three quarters, but the Warriors performed a miracle in the final quarter, especially in the last 4 minutes, only allowing the Lakers to score 5 points. James tried to make a three-pointer at the buzzer, but the ball bounced out of the basket
The Warriors’ offense and defense at critical moments are impressive. After running in at the beginning of the season, this team has become more and more mature.
Curry does not have Thompson and Durant around him, but Oubre and Wiggins have gradually improved after struggling at the beginning of the season.
With a helper, Curry will play more easily, and Curry’s recovery will bring about the recovery of the Warriors.
The playoffs are expected to face off again?
The duel between the Lakers and the Warriors is full of topics. According to the current ranking, they may even face off in the first round of the playoffs.
Counting this game, Curry and James have faced each other 36 times in their careers, but the regular season and playoffs are different stories.
In the regular season, James had 7 wins and 7 losses against Curry, which was a tie, but in the playoffs, Curry had a clear advantage. The two faced each other in 22 games, and Curry won 15 of them.
If they meet again in the playoffs this year, will the plot be different?
Today’s Warriors are already a challenger. In addition, the Warriors have had a magical performance of “Black Eight” in the history of the Warriors. If they are in the same position, similar topics will naturally become hot topics.
The Warriors have taken the lead in the regular season matchup. If they meet in the playoffs, will they also bring new threats to the Lakers defending the title?