Regardless of lacking LeBron James for almost all of the second half, the Lakers crushed the Warriors on Christmas Day, successful by a remaining rating of 127-101.

James left the sport early within the third quarter with a groin damage and didn’t return, however his teammates completed robust, outscoring Golden State 36-19 within the fourth quarter to safe the victory. Rajon Rondo (15 factors, 10 assists, plus-24) and Ivica Zubac (18 factors, 11 rebounds, plus-25) had been the unlikely heroes down the stretch.

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The Warriors regarded out of kinds all night time, taking pictures 40.9 p.c from the sector and 25.zero p.c from 3-point vary. Andre Iguodala scored 23 factors off the bench, however the starters did not seize the standard Golden State magic on offense and string collectively stops on protection.

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Remaining: Lakers 127, Warriors 101

10:35 p.m. ET — And that is a wrap. Seven totally different Lakers gamers hit double-digits within the factors division.

10:27 p.m. ET — Steve Kerr is pulling the starters. The Lakers are forward by 23 with simply over three minutes to go. That is a powerful all-around efficiency by Luke Walton’s squad.

10:21 p.m. ET — LeBron James is out for the remainder of this recreation, however there may be excellent news for Lakers followers.

10:12 p.m. ET — Wow. The Lakers rattle off an 11-Three run and push their result in 17. The Warriors usually are not on the identical web page proper now.

Finish of third quarter: Lakers 91, Warriors 82

10:01 p.m. ET — Lance Stephenson beats the buzzer to present the Lakers a nine-point lead forward of the ultimate body. Nevertheless, the larger story for Los Angeles is LeBron James’ standing for the remainder of this recreation — and past.

9:54 p.m. ET — And right here come the Warriors. With LeBron James out, Golden State surges to a 19-7 run. 

9:47 p.m. ET — Lonzo Ball confidently steps right into a midrange jumper. The younger Lakers are nonetheless taking part in with confidence towards the defending champs.

9:41 p.m. ET — LeBron James heads again to the locker room with what seems to be a groin damage. That may very well be an enormous drawback for the Lakers if he’s out for prolonged minutes.

9:33 p.m. ET — Kevin Durant… nonetheless good at basketball.

Halftime: Lakers 65, Warriors 50

9:10 p.m. ET — A terrific first half from the Lakers. LeBron James has been the driving power (17 factors, 10 rebounds, 5 assists), however he is getting loads of assist from LA’s supporting forged. The Lakers are taking pictures 58.1 p.c from the sector and 46.7 p.c from 3-point vary.

The Warriors are struggling offensively at 38.9 p.c from the sector and 22.7 p.c from past the arc. Golden State’s main scorer? Andre Iguodala with 16 factors off the bench.

9:07 p.m. ET — Kevon Looney did his greatest, but it surely’s LeBron James.

9 p.m. ET — What sort of loopy magic is that this, Rajon Rondo?

8:52 p.m. ET — No-look go for the straightforward dunk. Traditional Warriors.

8:45 p.m. ET —  Lance Stephenson comes off the bench and drills two 3-pointers. (After all he’s additionally taking part in air guitar.)

Finish of first quarter: Lakers 32, Warriors 25

8:37 p.m. ET — The Warriors end the primary quarter 3-of-12 from 3-point vary regardless of just a few open appears to be like. LeBron James is already trending towards a triple-double with eight factors, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

8:26 p.m. ET — Brandon Ingram has what the NBA Draft of us name “wingspan.”

8:17 p.m. ET — 4 of the 5 Lakers starters are on the board to start out this one. Just a little bit sloppy on either side. Maybe an excessive amount of eggnogg earlier within the day.

7:58 p.m. ET — You are a imply one, Mr. Grinch…

7:40 p.m. ET —  That is positively a traditional shot all NBA gamers try.

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