Warriors defeats LA Lakers in opening game

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After receiving their Championship ring Golden State Warriors defeats LA Lakers 123-109 in the NBA opener.

Golden State Warriors claims win over LA Lakers as Stephen Curry opened the season with 33 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

The game ended 123-109 on Tuesday night after Golden State Warriors received their championship rings in a pregame ceremony.

Jordan Poole made a pretty bounce pass to a driving Draymond Green for a layup and all seemed perfectly well with the defending champions almost two weeks after Green punched Poole at practice Oct. 5.

James had 31 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists, while Russell Westbrook scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds after nursing a sore left hamstring, while Anthony Davis added 27 points.

Klay Thompson contributed 18 points in 20 minutes for the Warriors, who celebrated the franchise’s fourth title in eight years.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr limited the minutes of both Thompson and Green, who was away from the team until last Thursday. Kerr said he will increase Thompson’s minutes each game as a precaution following his return in January from an absence of more than 2 1/2 years for surgeries to his left knee and right Achilles tendon.

Warriors center James Wiseman made his first appearance since his rookie season of 2019-20 after sitting out all of last season recovering from right knee surgery. He had eight points and seven rebounds.

First-year Lakers coach Darvin Ham was thrilled to represent Saginaw, Michigan, in his coaching debut — and proud that it’s also Green’s hometown.

“I’m excited for the city of Saginaw, Michigan, to get to see a kid that represents the city well and happens to be playing some really good basketball and playing at a high level his entire career in Draymond Green,“ Ham said. “And now they get to see another kid who is the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. This is a great night for Saginaw.”

“The way we’ve changed some things offensively, defensively within our system is like everything is all coming to this big, beautiful pot of gumbo, so we’ll mix it around with a spoon and see what tastes good and what doesn’t taste so good. I’m looking forward to it.” — Ham on figuring things out.



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