Golden State wins, again


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Louis LaVenture,
News and Sports Editor

The best start in franchise history continued on Tuesday for the Golden State Warriors.

Golden State improved to 33-2 overall and 17-0 at Oracle Arena this year after they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 109-88. The Warriors got a bit of a scare when the league’s reigning Most Valuable Player, Stephen Curry limped after hitting his leg on Lakers center Roy Hibbert in the third quarter. However, Curry stayed in the game and finished with 17 points in just 27 minutes of playing time.

Klay Thompson was dominant scoring 36 points in the win 22 of which came in the first quarter. It was the second game in two days for the dubs who easily beat the Charlotte Hornets on Monday 111-101. The splash brothers, Curry and Thompson, both scored 30 points in the win and forward Draymond Green made NBA history.

Green became the second Warrior and the fifteenth player in NBA history to record three triple-doubles in consecutive games. Green was just one assist short of the record in the fourth quarter when he gave Curry a handoff and he connected on a three-pointer to give him his tenth assist. Green has 7 triple-doubles this season, which is the most in the NBA.

Harrison Barnes made his return to the lineup after missing 16 games with a lower leg injury. The fans at Oracle Arena gave Barnes a standing ovation when he entered the game, which gave Interim Head Coach, Luke Walton more flexibility with his lineup. Barnes scored 8 points in 20 minutes in his return.

With just two losses nearly halfway through the season the Dubs are on pace to break the 1996 Chicago Bulls NBA best regular season record of 72-10. Despite the great start that began 24-0, the Warriors are just three games ahead of the San Antonio Spurs who are also having a great season at 30-6. The two teams play on Jan. 25 at Oracle Arena which will be the biggest regular season game in the NBA so far.

The league’s reigning Most Valuable Player, Curry, missed three games with a lower leg injury but has played extended minutes in the last two games and seems to be back to his old self. The Warriors will be on the road when they travel to Portland tomorrow to take on the Trailblazers at 7 p.m. Portland is 15-22 this season and currently tenth in the Western Conference standings.