Without forcing, the Warriors dominate the Lakers without stars

Without forcing, the Warriors dominate the Lakers without stars

In a match of measured intensity, it took a 15-2 Warriors in the third quarter signed from the “second unit” and a boiling Klay Thompson to distance Lakers deprived of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook . Talen Horton-Tucker took the opportunity to reach 40 points, a new career high.

Behind 21 points from the Austin Reaves – Talen Horton-Tucker duo, the Lakers had the best start against the Warriors who entered the match with a flower in the gun, as evidenced by their six lost balls (32-27). Andre Iguodala, thanks to his defense and his vista, and Klay Thompson, by his address, launch a 15-4 which awakens Golden State. Malik Monk and Horton-Tucker are resisting but the Warriors take the lead at the break (65-62).

When we return from the locker room, we are treated to the same scenario as in the first half. The Lakers start with an 8-0 thanks to Malik Monk while the Warriors defense is absent. The return to play of Iguodala and Payton II, however, reverses the trend. Golden State takes a ten-step lead (91-81), and the jump from Jordan Poole, until now distributor, allows them to quietly manage the end of the game.

WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER

– Applause for Tim Hardaway. While the show on the field left something to be desired in the first quarter, the Chase Center rose to celebrate Tim Hardaway, one of the former glories of the franchise, named Hall of Famer last week. The Warriors had put the small dishes in the big ones since it was Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond, former teammates of Hardaway, who introduced him to the public of San Francisco. This trio, better known by the nickname Run TMC, played two seasons with the Warriors in 1989/90 and 1990/91, and were the most prolific trio in the league in their second season under Don Nelson.

– The Golden State bench makes the difference. Steve Kerr can be satisfied with two factors in the victory of the Warriors: the rhythm found by Klay Thompson and the impact of his bench. It was indeed the entries of Andre Iguodala, Gary Payton II, Nemanja Bjelica, and Otto Porter Jr. that allowed the Warriors to increase their intensity over periods of 3 to 5 minutes during each quarter- weather. The 15-2 in the third quarter came by this group, to which we must add Klay Thompson. Long absent, Iguodala and Payton will be an integral part of Steve Kerr’s rotation during the playoffs.

– Talen Horton-Tucker takes his chance. Without LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook, Frank Vogel put the ball in Horton-Tucker’s hands and Horton-Tucker didn’t miss his opportunity. In the shadows all season, the rear of the Lakers has shown the full extent of his repertoire by attacking the circle with force but also knowing how to punish the defense at mid-range. His 3-point shot remains problematic but these last games could allow the Lakers to show it for a potential transfer this summer.

TOPS/FLOPS

Clay Thompson. The only Warrior on pace throughout the game, the Splash Brother continued the momentum of their late game against the Jazz, finishing with 33 points at 6/10 from 3-point range.

Jordan Poole. On fire for more than a month, Poole was discreet for three quarters before raising his voice late in the game. By scoring 19 points, he saw his series of games with 20 points or more stop at 17 games but his 11 assists are a new career high.

Talen Horton-Tucker. The Lakers guard offered a new career high with 40 points on 15 of 28 on shots.

✅ Malik Monk. Monk also took advantage of the absence of the stars of the Lakers to shine against the too passive defense of the Warriors for three quarters. He finished with 24 points.

⛔ Draymond Green. Like his team, Green was two tones below for most of the match, making mistakes unworthy of his reputation. He still delivered 7 assists

⛔ The Lakers bench. If the bench of the Warriors made the difference, that of the Lakers was transparent, with only 12 points, against 45 for their opponents.

THE FOLLOWING

Golden State (51-29): the Warriors go on the road for their last two games of the season on Saturday in San Antonio and Sunday in New Orleans.

Los Angeles (31-49): the Lakers go back-to-back at home against the Thunder.

Warriors / 128 Shots Bounces
Players Minimum Shots 3 points LF O D T pd party Int bp CT +/- Points Rating
D.Green 26 5/9 0/0 0/0 0 3 3 7 5 2 2 1 -1 10 17
A. Wiggins 27 7/12 3/5 0/0 2 2 4 1 3 0 2 2 +2 17 17
K. Looney 15 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 4 5 2 1 0 1 0 -10 4 10
K.Thompson 33 12/22 6/10 3/3 1 3 4 4 2 0 1 0 +5 33 30
J. Poole 33 7/15 3/8 2/2 0 4 4 11 4 1 4 0 +2 19 23
N.Bjelica 15 4/5 0/0 1/1 2 4 6 3 1 1 1 0 +12 9 17
J.Kuminga 8 2/4 0/0 2/2 1 3 4 0 3 0 1 1 -1 6 8
A.Iguodala 21 2/7 1/3 0/0 0 2 2 7 1 2 1 0 +16 5 10
O. Porter Jr. 30 4/12 2/5 0/0 1 7 8 1 1 2 1 0 +35 10 12
J. Toscano-Anderson 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D.Lee 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 3
G. Payton II 25 4/7 0/0 2/2 1 4 5 2 2 2 1 1 +20 10 16
Mr Moody 2 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
Total 51/97 16/32 10/10 9 36 45 39 26 10 15 5 128
Lakers / 112 Shots Bounces
Players Minimum Shots 3 points LF O D T pd party Int bp CT +/- Points Rating
S. Johnson 35 2/7 1/4 3/7 1 5 6 2 3 2 6 0 0 8 3
D.Howard 25 6/10 1/1 3/4 5 7 12 1 0 1 1 1 -4 16 25
Mr. Monk 37 8/17 3/9 5/6 1 6 7 4 1 1 4 2 -6 24 24
A.Reaves 33 3/8 1/4 5/6 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 -3 12 10
T. Horton-Tucker 37 15/28 2/6 8/9 0 3 3 3 2 4 2 0 -5 40 34
W.Gabriel 20 2/3 0/0 2/2 1 2 3 0 3 0 3 0 -11 6 5
K.Bazemore 13 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 1 -16 0 1
W.Ellington 16 1/5 1/5 3/4 0 4 4 0 0 0 2 0 -13 6 3
DJ Augustine 23 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 2 2 3 2 0 0 0 -22 0 2
Total 37/83 9/32 29/38 8 34 42 14 13 8 18 4 112

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