The Golden State Warriors defeated LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers 123-109 on Tuesday night. The GSW players collected their championship rings in a pregame ceremony. Stephen Curry had 33 points, seven assists, and six rebounds to start the season.
Everything seemed to be going smoothly for the champs when Poole made a lovely bounce pass to a driving Green. Poole finished with 12 points and 7 aces.
Russell Westbrook scored 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds despite having a sore left hamstring. LeBron James finished with 31 points, 14 rebounds, and eight assists. With 27 points from Anthony Davis, the Lakers were unable to keep up as Stephen Curry and company put together another one of their legendary, decisive third quarter.
For the Warriors, who won their fourth title in eight years, Klay Thompson scored 18 points in 20 minutes.
Thompson and Green’s playing time was constrained by Golden State Coach Steve Kerr because they were absent from the squad until last Thursday. Kerr indicated he will raise Thompson’s minutes per game as a precaution. The announcement came after his return from a layoff of more than two and a half years due to surgery on his left knee and right Achilles tendon,
James Wiseman, a center for the Warriors, played for the first time in 2019–20 after missing the entire previous season while his right knee recovered from surgery. He grabbed seven boards and scored eight points.
Warriors’ Stephen Curry’s pleas in Support of Brittney Griner
The WNBA player, who spent her 32nd birthday in a Russian prison, was the subject of a passionate speech by Curry during the Golden State Warriors championship ring presentation.
“We want to continue to use our platform and the opportunity to shout out a very special member of the basketball community. Brittney Griner’s birthday is today, she’s 32,” Curry told the crowd.
“We want to continue to let her name be known and we pray. It’s been 243 days since she was wrongfully incarcerated in Russia. We hope that she comes home soon, that everybody’s doing their part to get her home.”