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Stephen Curry dazzles in Warriors’ 128-110 win against LeBron-less Lakers

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DAZZLING PERFORMANCE. Stephen Curry shines in the Golden State Warriors’ 128-110 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night (Friday, February 23, in the Philippines). GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS PHOTO

Stephen Curry, the maestro of the Golden State Warriors, orchestrated a dazzling performance on Thursday night (Friday, February 23, in the Philippines), leading his team to a resounding 128-110 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. 

The absence of LeBron James due to a lingering left ankle injury only fueled Curry’s aggressive approach, as he lit up the scoreboard with 32 points, including six three-pointers, and added eight assists.

From the opening tip-off, Curry showcased his scoring prowess, draining nine of his first 12 shots, five of which were from beyond the arc.

 By halftime, he had already amassed 25 points, setting the tone for the Warriors’ dominance throughout the game. 

Rookie sensation Trayce Jackson-Davis, celebrating his 24th birthday, expressed the team’s sentiment, acknowledging Curry’s ability to energize both the players and the crowd.

Curry’s remarkable night wasn’t just about points; it also marked a significant milestone in his illustrious career. 

With his 6,000th career assist, Curry joined an elite group of NBA legends, including LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant, James Harden, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, and John Havlicek, with at least 23,000 points and 6,000 assists.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr praised Curry’s willingness to take charge early in the game, emphasizing the positive impact it has on the team.

While Curry stole the spotlight, the Lakers, missing their talisman LeBron James, struggled to keep pace. 

Anthony Davis fought valiantly with 27 points and 15 rebounds, and D’Angelo Russell contributed 18 points and nine assists. 

However, it was evident that the Lakers missed the triple-double prowess of James, who had orchestrated a stunning comeback against the Warriors in their previous encounter.

The game marked a stark contrast to their previous meeting when the Lakers, led by James, overcame a 15-point deficit to secure a double-overtime victory. This time, without James, the Lakers had no answer to the relentless offensive onslaught led by Curry and his supporting cast.

The Lakers’ coach, Darvin Ham, described LeBron James’ injury as a “day-to-day thing,” leaving the door open for uncertainty regarding James’ return.

The veteran forward is battling peroneal tendinopathy, causing inflammation in the tendons on the outside of his foot.

As the Warriors celebrated their ninth win in 11 games since the heartbreaking loss to the Lakers in January, attention now shifts to the potential return of veteran guard Chris Paul. 

Coach Kerr anticipates Paul’s comeback during the upcoming road trip, providing the Warriors with additional firepower as they continue their push toward the playoffs.

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