Curry guides Warriors past Lakers in OT
LOS ANGELES — Stephen Curry wasn’t having one of his better games Wednesday night.
Fortunately for the Golden State Golden State, the star guard had an extra five minutes to turn things around.
Curry scored 13 of his 28 points in overtime to lift the Warriors to a 127-123 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center in the opener of a six-game road trip.
“He had a horrible start to the game, but what makes Steph Steph, on a night like tonight, he still can make huge plays, which he did down the stretch,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “It takes a special player to bounce back within the same game and be able to reverse things, and that’s what he did.”
Kevin Durant scored 29 points and Klay Thompson had 20 for the Warriors (16-6).
Brandon Ingram scored a career-high 32 points to lead the Lakers (8-13). Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Jordan Clarkson contributed 21 points apiece, while Julius Randle added 20.
Curry was 1 of 7 from 3-point range before starting overtime with back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Warriors a 115-109 lead. He shot 5 of 6 from the free-throw line in the final 1:14 to hold off Los Angeles.
“It just comes with experience and knowing how to deal with bad shooting nights, trying to stay with it,” Curry said of his turnaround in overtime. “Obviously I was happy I made shots in the overtime, but I get back to the locker room and (a sportswriter) tells me I air-balled three times.”
Draymond Green had 15 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, and Zaza Pachulia matched his season high with 11 points for the Warriors.
The score was tied 84-84 to start the fourth quarter and was knotted nine more times in the period, the last on Durant’s 3-pointer with 46 seconds left, but both teams missed their final shots of regulation.
Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball scored eight consecutive points in the third quarter as Los Angeles went from four points down to four points ahead, but neither team could sustain a run.
Ball finished with 15 points and 10 assists, and he helped the Lakers force 22 turnovers.
“I loved the way our guys competed defensively,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “We set a challenge to them. Let’s be aggressive, but be smart. We want high hands. The Warriors are struggling with turnovers so far this year, so we wanted to use that to our advantage and get some stops and be able to get out and run.”
The Lakers shot 12 of 16 in the second quarter and closed with an 18-4 run to take a 54-50 lead into the locker room.
Ingram scored 14 points in the first half and Randle had 12.
“Just going into this game I wanted to have a clear head. I wanted to compete,” Ingram said. “I just wanted to try and lead this team to a victory. We competed, played together, just fell short.”
The Warriors committed five turnovers in the first four minutes of the game but still managed to lead by as many as 11 in the first quarter.
Golden State came in tied for 27th in the NBA at 16 turnovers a game.
“We’ve got to be able to take better care of the ball and make better decisions,” Kerr said. “Maybe I’ll try a different tact from here on out, I don’t know.”
Golden State took a 30-20 lead into the second quarter and led by 10 four other times in the quarter before Ingram made a 3-pointer with 4:15 left in the first half to spark the 18-4 run.
Randle made the 10th consecutive field goal for Los Angeles to stretch the advantage to 54-50.
The Lakers played without leading scorer Kyle Kuzma, who was ruled out after experiencing back spasms during warmups. Kuzma, a rookie forward out of Utah, is averaging 16.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and shooting 50.4 percent from the floor.
NOTES: Lakers F Kyle Kuzma started 11 games at power forward while Larry Nance Jr. recovered from a fracture in his left hand and averaged 16.8 points as a starter. Kuzma had moved back to the bench in a 120-115 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday. Nance went scoreless in 22 minutes against the Warriors. ... The Lakers entered the game ranked last in the NBA in 3-point shooting at 31.3 percent, and the Warriors were second at 39.7 percent through Tuesday. The Lakers shot 9 of 34 (37.5 percent) from 3-point distance for the game, and Golden State shot 12 of 30 (40 percent). ... Golden State came in leading the NBA at 30.1 assists a game. The Warriors finished with 30 assists Wednesday.