Reactions: Warriors 109, Lakers 103
|David Lee, PF 38 MIN | 9-15 FG | 5-5 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 23 PTS | -2
Lee had another 20-10 game and made life difficult for the Lakers. He finished at the rim and scored on a few post ups. The Lakers often rotated off him and he made them pay for doing as such.
|Harrison Barnes, SF 29 MIN | 3-8 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +4
Barnes showed some early confidence and attacked Kobe Bryant off the bounce to no avail. But when Jamison picked him up defensively, his eyes lit up and he beat him for scores.
|Andrew Bogut, C 30 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-2 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -7
Andrew Bogut’s defense was one of the biggest stories of the game. He anchored the paint, made life hell for Howard and shut down Pau Gasol when matched up with him. Also, he protected the boards and created second chance opportunities for the Dubs.
|Stephen Curry, PG 43 MIN | 9-24 FG | 4-7 FT | 7 REB | 10 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 25 PTS | +3
Curry committed some bad fouls and rushed a few shots but otherwise he was pretty much flawless. He answered every Laker run with a flurry of long and mid-range jumpers. Also, he was a terrific maestro all night that took advantage of the opposing defense.
|Klay Thompson, SG 41 MIN | 8-18 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | +6
Klay was simply unstoppable on this night. He ran Kobe Bryant through multiple screens and even managed to lose him on a few occasions and drill shots from downtown. Bryant had a great scoring game, but Thompson made him work for just about every point.
Two Things We Saw
- Mark Jackson devised an interesting defensive game plan that he unveiled late in the third quarter. With Pau Gasol stationed at the high post (as the only big man on the floor for the Lakers), every time Kobe Bryant crossed half-court with the ball, he was double-teamed. Andrew Bogut simply remain parked in the lane knowing that a rusty Gasol would be unwilling to assert himself. The strategy took the Lakers out of their offense a bit.
- The Lakers downsized in the second half and played four guards alongside Dwight Howard. The Warriors kept their big people in but struggled scoring the ball because they stopped running offense. They attempted to attack mismatches instead of simply running their normal sets and pounding the Lakers on the glass.