Lakers fall to Warriors, lose 2nd straight game

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The Lakers only lead the Warriors by a half-game for the 9th seed in the Western Conference.

LOS ANGELES — Probably not the best time for the Lakers to have Anthony Davis out.

Davis did not play because of an eye injury he suffered on Sunday against Minnesota. Then the Golden State Warriors came into Los Angeles and shot the lights out as they beat the Lakers down, 134-120.

The Lakers (45-35) fell to a half-game ahead of the Warriors (44-35) for the 9th spot in the Western Conference. They couldn’t take advantage of the Suns and Kings losing their games. With two games left in the regular season, it’ll be tough for L.A. to get to the 8th seed.

The Warriors shot 26 for 41 (.634) for 3-pointers, a season-high in the Lakers’ final home game of the regular season.

Golden State built a 15-point lead in the second quarter. While the Lakers cut it to single digits multiple times, the Warriors would make a timely three to halt the comeback.

The Warriors’ lead grew to 17 by the end of the third period. LA scored the first eight points at the start of the fourth quarter before Golden State countered with nine unanswered points of their own. From there, the Warriors cruised to the victory.

LeBron James was able to play after missing Sunday’s game with flu-like symptoms. He led LA with 33 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists. Austin Reaves finished with 22 while Rui Hachimura had 20 points and 11 boards. It really hurt the Lakers that they did not have Anthony Davis in the last seven quarters.

As for the Warriors, Klay Thompson led them in scoring with 27 points. Stephen Curry had 23 and was perfect from three, going 6 for 6. It was also notable that Draymond Green went 5 for 5 from three in the first half.

The Lakers will finish the season with two road games against Memphis on Friday and New Orleans on Sunday. The Warriors have three games left, including the last two at home.

That means the Lakers are no longer in control of their destiny and all they can worry about is winning those last two games.