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Lakers 100, Warriors 77: Career Diary

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The Lakers beat Golden State on Sunday afternoon in San Francisco for the second straight win to start the California Classic. Below is a running journal of the events as they occurred:

FIRST QUARTER
9:21: Jay Huff received an alley-oop pitch from Scotty Pippen, Jr. and managed to finish through contact to secure an and-1, which he called in the charity slot. Huff was terrific in Saturday’s opening win, but his nine points, seven boards and two blocks didn’t tell the whole story, as he also hit Miami at the rim all night as the key to holding them to 22 points in the paint.

7:21: Moses Moody, a 2021 lottery pick and rookie on the Warriors’ champion team who showed promise later in the season and played some key minutes in the West Finals against Dallas, took a hit to the head and had to turn to the locker room to try to stop the bleeding. Moments later, Lakers rookie Max Christie turned a Pippen dunk into a fast break for his first FG, putting the LAL up 10-4.

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1:09: Golden State gave up a 3-pointer from Alex Morales to tie a game LA had led from the start in the 20th, but Lakers backup RJ Cole responded quickly to restore the lead. The margin at 10 minutes would be 23-21 after GSW split a pair of free throws. Huff finished the period with seven points (5 for 5 on the FT line).

SECOND BEDROOM
6:14: Christie has been active on the glass to start the summer, and he flew in to catch a glitch, then grabbed his own glitch, before throwing it at a waiting Cole Swider. The Syracuse sharpshooter, who was 5-for-7 FG and 3-for-5 3 against MIA, rose to hit a 3-pointer that put the LAL up 33-30 and forced a GSW timeout. Outside the TO, LAL stopped with Christie forcing Moody to throw him out of the paint, and Swider then hit a second straight 3-pointer on the other end.

2:48: Mac McClung, last season’s G League Rookie of the Year, capped an 8-2 Lakers run with a layup that moved him to five bench points and put the LAL up 46-34 as they continued to control the second. fourth, with a 23-13 edge to that point, behind aggressive defense.

0:22.0: Huff, who scored the first five points of the half, also scored the last three as he hit a corner 3-pointer on the LAL’s final offensive possession to clinch a 49-37 halftime lead. LAL shot 46.9 percent from the field, including 5 of 12 from 3 (41.7 percent), and was 14 of 17 FT. They held GSW to 42.4 percent shooting from the field, limiting them to eight FT attempts and four shooting, for a +10 advantage in the benefit bracket.

THIRD QUARTER
5:49: The lead was extended to 19 when Christie hit a hard float shot from the baseline, his second such shot of the game, to reach eight points. Meanwhile, the 19-year-old continued his strong defensive play over the weekend, doing most of his work at Moody (3-for-8 FG with three turnovers and one assist thus far).

2:25: Swider did it again from the 3, drilling his second of the fourth and fourth of the game to make it 68-48, Lakers. That’s a combined seven 3-pointers in 13 attempts over the weekend.

0:00: LA’s defense has been fearless in both games, and another stop to close out the third quarter allowed for a 72-53 lead heading into the fourth quarter. McClung made a basket on the previous possession to reach seven points and match Javante McCoy in bench points. All five LAL starters were already in double figures.

FOURTH TRIMESTER
8:51: McClung came up for a dunk and appeared to be fouled on the way up, with Golden State challenging a ruling they would eventually win. As McClung went to the bench during the review, new Lakers head coach Darvin Ham came out of his courtside seat near the LAL bench to give McClung a big hug. Ham is full of positive energy and laughs, but he’s equally adept at keeping things real with players, using movies to back up suggestions or questions.

5:twenty-one: With his father watching from the stands, Pippen Jr. scored twice in a span of two minutes, to keep the LAL in firm control at 83-61. That led Pippen Jr. to a team-high 18 points on 4-of-7 FG and 6-of-7 FT, along with an impressive eight assists with no turnovers.

4:10: Swider’s fifth 3-pointer stopped the game and secured a second straight victory for the Lakers. Sacha Killeya-Jones added a pair of baskets in the final minutes, including his second three, to further increase the margin.

0:00: His finish: Lakers 100, Warriors 77.

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