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LeBron James tops Stephen Curry in Lakers’ 2-OT 145-144 win over GSW

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DOUBLE OVERTIME. LeBron James and Stephen Curry share a light moment during their game on Saturday night (Sunday, January 28, in the Philippines), where the Los Angeles Lakers edge the Golden State Warriors in a thrilling 145-144 double-overtime win. LOS ANGELES LAKERS PHOTO

In a double-overtime thriller that will be remembered for years to come, LeBron James showcased his greatness, outdueling Stephen Curry as the Los Angeles Lakers edged past the Golden State Warriors 145-144. The battle between these two future Hall of Famers left fans on the edge of their seats, witnessing a display of skill, determination, and mutual respect rarely seen in the NBA.

The duel began early, with both James and Curry exchanging stepback threes, fadeaway jumpers, and dazzling drives. The game was a seesaw affair, a testament to the competitive spirit of two legends at the peak of their powers. As the clock ticked down, it became evident that this was not just another regular-season matchup – it was a clash of titans.

LeBron James, at 36 years old, rolled back the years with a jaw-dropping triple-double – 36 points, a career-high 20 rebounds, and 12 assists. His performance was a masterclass in versatility and leadership. With 1.2 seconds left on the clock, James calmly sank two free throws to seal the victory, capping off a performance that will undoubtedly be etched in NBA lore.

Meanwhile, Stephen Curry dazzled with his offensive brilliance, finishing the game with 46 points, including a go-ahead three-pointer in the second overtime. Curry’s deep shooting and ball-handling wizardry kept the Warriors in contention throughout the contest. His season-high nine three-pointers showcased the kind of magic only Curry can bring to the hardwood.

The game’s intensity was palpable, not just for the players but also for Lakers coach Darvin Ham, who sat courtside and couldn’t help but marvel at the spectacle. Ham exclaimed after the game, acknowledging the historic nature of the matchup, calling it a “hell of a basketball game,” a “high-level basketball game” where two legends went back and forth.

IT’S HAMMER TIME. LeBron James defies gravity with a powerful slam dunk. LOS ANGELES LAKERS PHOTO

Klay Thompson’s timely three-pointers and Jonathan Kuminga’s continued scoring streak added to the drama. However, it was ultimately James and Curry who stole the spotlight, showcasing their enduring greatness and competitive fire.
The Lakers’ ability to capitalize on free throws and a crucial defensive stop proved pivotal in securing the win. However, the Warriors, despite the heartbreaking loss, demonstrated their offensive prowess, scoring a season-high and sinking 23 three-pointers – a testament to their resilience.

As the Lakers celebrate this hard-fought victory, and the Warriors regroup after a second consecutive close defeat, NBA fans are left with memories of a clash that transcended the regular season.
The Lakers now look ahead to a back-to-back on the road, while the Warriors prepare to host the 76ers, eager to bounce back from two heart-wrenching losses.
In the end, though, it was a night that belonged to LeBron James and Stephen Curry – two legends who added another chapter to their storied rivalry.

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