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The Golden State Warriors capitalized on the absence of LeBron James’ to complete a 115-101 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in the Saturday night game.


The Golden State Warriors held a five-point lead at the half but the Lakers came out firing, going on a 20-6 run to start the second half to take a nine-point lead. Their momentum was quickly taken away by a thunderous slam from DeMarcus Cousins that sent Oracle Arena on fire but is likely to return to face the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday.

Klay Thompson led the home team with 28 points on 4-7 shooting from three-point range, while Kevin Durant had a strong all-round game with 21 points, 11 assists and five rebounds.

The Lakers went 89-88 ahead when Ivica Zubac tipped in a miss with 11 minutes remaining, but Shaun Livingston then gave the Warriors the lead for good with a 10-footer, after which Iguodala drained a pair of threes to open a 96-89 margin.

Golden State coasted home from there, with Stephen Curry, was 0-for-8 from the field when he finished a beautiful finger roll to maintain the Warriors 10-point lead with 6:20 on the clock.

He then knocked down back-to-back threes and finished another layup to score 10 consecutive points for the Warriors.

The win was the 12th in the last 13 games for the Warriors, who had an 11-game winning streak snapped at home by the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday.

The Warriors are now 37-15, tied with the Denver Nuggets for first place in the Western Conference. The Lakers fall to 27-26, two games out of the playoff picture.

Photo credit: Marin Independent Journal

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