Tipoff: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Oracle Arena. TV: ESPN and NBC Sports Bay Area. Radio: KGMZ 95.7 “The Game” in Oakland and San Francisco, KRTY 95.3 in San Jose, KION 1460 and 101.1 in Salinas and Monterey.
Warriors: 51-16, No. 2 in the Western Conference, two games behind Houston.
Lakers: 31-36, No. 11 in the Western Conference, 22 games behind Houston.
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Warriors: Playing without Stephen Curry (right ankle), Andre Iguodala (left wrist), David West (right arm), Jordan Bell (right ankle) and Patrick McCaw (left wrist), Golden State lost at Minnesota 109-103 on Sunday afternoon. Kevin Durant had 39 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors, who lost their second in a row. The Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns hurt the Warriors with 31 points and 16 rebounds, including 14 points in the fourth quarter.
Lakers: Defeated the Denver Nuggets 112-103 on Tuesday night at the Staples Center. Los Angeles used a 33-13 run over a 9:21 period spanning the third and fourth quarters to turn a 13-point deficit into a 100-93 lead with five minutes to go. Rookie Kyle Kuzma scored 24 of his 26 points in the second half and had 13 rebounds. Julius Randle also had 26 points and 13 rebounds and Isaiah Thomas had 23 points off the bench, 12 coming in the fourth quarter.
The Warriors lead the season series 3-0. … On Nov. 29 at Staples Center, the Warriors escaped with their lives in a 127-123 overtime triumph. Curry, who struggled during regulation because of a right hand contusion, came alive in overtime, scoring 13 of his 28 points. Durant led the Warriors with 29 points and Klay Thompson had 20. … On Dec. 18 at Staples Center, on the night the Lakers retired Kobe Bryant’s numbers, the Warriors spoiled the party with a 116-114 overtime victory. Durant hit a 22-foot jumper with 7.3 seconds left to give the Warriors the lead, and West blocked Lonzo Ball’s layup attempt with 2.4 seconds left to preserve it. Golden State was without Curry, Draymond Green, Zaza Pachulia and Shaun Livingston. … On Dec. 22, the Warriors defeated the Lakers 113-106 for their season-high 11th consecutive victory. And this time they managed to do it in regulation. Golden State led by as many as 23 points in the third quarter before the Lakers rallied …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports