In the Warriors’ first game following the confrontation between Draymond Green and Jordan Poole in practice, Los Angeles defeated Golden State 124-121 on Sunday night. Anthony Davis tallied 28 points in his first game back for the Lakers after missing the previous two due to injury.
With 5.4 seconds left, Matt Ryan converted a pair of free throws to secure the victory. For the Lakers, who triumphed without LeBron James, Patrick Beverley, or Russell Westbrook in the starting lineup, Davis, who missed two games due to lower back discomfort, hit 9 for 18 from the field.
After playing the first shift of the second half and amassing 24 points before the break, Davis took a seat. Ryan scored 20 points and Kendrick Nunn scored 21 on 6-for-9 shooting from beyond the arc.
With 25 points on 10-of-19 shooting and six assists, Poole led the Warriors. Poole and Green got into a fight on Wednesday during practice. A day later, Green expressed regret to the players, and general manager Bob Myers assured them that any potential repercussions would be handled internally. Green was unavailable at the moment and announced he would be taking a break from the squad.
The Warriors were led by Stephen Curry’s 24 points and Andrew Wiggins’ 15 points. Green was replaced by Jonathan Kuminga (12 points), while Poole started in place of Klay Thompson, who is still getting ready for the regular season.
If the Lakers are to improve on their 33-49 regular-season record from last season, which prevented them from making the playoffs, they will need Davis to play at the level he displayed in the first half. Before the break, Davis made all eight of his free throws while shooting 7 of 13.
In the second half, the game tightened up, and in the fourth quarter, neither team had a lead of more than six points.
Bulls 115 Dominates Raptors 98
Apart from this game, DeMar DeRozan secured 21 points, eight rebounds and eight assists and Chicago used a second-half rally to beat Toronto Raptors.
The Raptors opened a 10-point advantage at the break, thanks to Trent and VanVleet. Before the interval, the pair scored 25 points together, with Trent scoring on all five of his attempts. Six steals were made in the first half on defense, including four by VanVleet. In the first half, the Bulls committed 16 turnovers.
The Bulls lost the advantage in the third and then took a commanding position in the fourth quarter. In the second half, Chicago outscored Toronto 68 to 41.