Stephen Curry, Warriors celebrate championship, beat Lakers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Stephen Curry opened the season with 33 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors beat LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers 123-109 on Tuesday night after receiving championship rings in a pregame ceremony. .

Jordan Poole made a pretty deflected pass to the driving Draymond Green for a layup and all seemed perfectly fine with the defending champions nearly two weeks after Green hit Poole in practice on Oct. 5 and then took a short leave from the team to work on his emotions . Poole finished with 12 points and seven assists.

James had 31 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists, while Russell Westbrook had 19 points and 11 rebounds after suffering from a left hamstring. Anthony Davis added 27 points, but the Lakers couldn’t keep up with another signature runaway third quarter by reigning NBA Finals MVP Curry and Co.

Klay Thompson had 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 out of the team until last Thursday. Kerr said he will give Thompson more minutes each game as a precaution following his return in January from more than 2.5 years out with left knee and right Achilles tendon surgeries.

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


First-year Lakers coach Darwin Hamm 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 be able to see a kid who represents the city well and plays really good basketball and plays at a high level his entire career in Draymond Green,” Ham said. “And now I get to see another kid who’s the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. It’s a great night for Saginaw.”


“The way we’ve changed some things offensively, defensively within our system, it’s like everything comes into this big, beautiful pot of gumbo, so we’re going to stir it with a spoon and see what tastes good and what doesn’t taste so good. I can’t wait. ” — Ham to understand things


Lakers: F Juan Toscano-Anderson received a championship ring from his former team, the first player to accept the sparkling jewelry. … Patrick Beverley picked up his third foul 5:46 into the first half and went 1-of-5 on 3-pointers. … C Thomas Bryant had surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb and is scheduled to be reevaluated by team doctors in about three weeks. “He came in and it bothered him. The way you play you know setting screens, diving down the floor, big rumbles, really providing physicality, it could have happened anywhere,” Hamm said. “He was repaired again today so we look forward to a speedy recovery with him.”

Warriors: The Warriors have won three straight at home against the Lakers. … Golden State is 6-1 in postseason openers. … F Andre Iguodala was inactive in the opener as the Warriors monitor his nagging left hip and manage the 38-year-old forward’s time in the start of his 19th season.


Lakers: Host the Clippers in their home opener on Thursday.

Warriors: Denver hosts Friday night in a rematch of the first round of this year’s playoffs after the Nuggets handed the Warriors their only loss of the preseason last Friday.


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