Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard, left, is fouled by Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Thu Apr 7, 2022 in first half action (AP News photo)
Warriors Dismiss Los Angeles 128-112
By Barbara Mason
Thursday night the Golden State Warriors (51-29) took on the Los Angeles Lakers (31-49) in the final regular season game for the Warriors at Chase Center. The Warriors will finish the season on the road. The Warriors have secured a first round home stand in the playoffs and are trying to hang onto third place in the Western Conference. The Dallas Mavericks are nipping at their heels and should they tie at season’s end, the Mavs hold the tie-breaker.
It was a very disappointing season for the Lakers especially with the roster that they carry. Besides LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Dwight Howard, Anthony Davis and Carmelo Anthony round out the roster. After losing their seventh straight game tuesday against the Phoenix Suns 121-110 Los Angeles was officially eliminated from playoff contention.
Both teams tonight will take the floor without their superstars, the Warriors waiting on the return of Steph Curry and the Lakers missing James. Klay Thompson will be back for this game after the team had three days off. The Warriors came away with their third straight win over the Lakers 128-112.
The Lakers led after the first quarter 32-27. At one time in the first quarter the Lakers had a nine point lead before the Warriors took the lead in the second quarter. The two teams would trade the lead a number of times leading up to half time. Golden State led at the half 65-62.
The Lakers Malik Monk, Austin Reaves and Talen Horton- Tucker were the number one reason that the Lakers were still in this game. The Warriors Thompson had a great first half with 23 points.
The Warriors really got going in the third quarter leading by as much a ten points and finished the quarter leading 91-84. Thompson already had 31 points after three quarters. Trouble with transition on defense was the main issue for the Warriors in the quarter despite the lead.
With two minutes left in the game the bench would take over for Golden State. Despite 15 turnovers the Warrior offense was just too much for the Lakers as the bench exploded to end the game with the win.
It was another big performance for Thompson with 33 points in 33 minutes. Head Coach Steve Kerr fell that it was one of his best games since his comeback. Jordan Poole had 19 points and Andrew Wiggins with 17 points.
Right now it appears that the Warriors are peaking at the perfect time. They are looking strong, confident, and focused heading into Saturday’s game. The turnovers still need to be addressed but in general this team is right on course.
The Warriors will finish the season with two road games. The first of those two road games will be a matchup in San Antonio taking on the Spurs Saturday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 PM.