Warriors open title defense by beating Lakers 123-109

By DJ Arthurs

October 19, 2022

Steph Curry (shown here against Orlando) led the Warriors to an opeing game win vs Lakers. Image Courtesy of Alamy

As Steph Curry turned in another star performance it was GSW who came out well ahead in this first game of their title defense. The Lakers were simply blown away, as the sportsbooks expected, with pre game odds as low as 1.40 for GSW vs 3.00 for LAL.

The line was set at 6.5 and we tipped Lakers (+6.5) at odds of 1.93. We missed, as did the Lakers...a lot. The GSW winning margin was an impressive 14 points, and we'll wager (and will) that it won;t be the only time the title holders win by double digits this year.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry opened the season with 33 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors beat LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers 123-109 on Tuesday night after receiving their championship rings in a pregame ceremony.

Jordan Poole made a pretty bounce pass to a driving Draymond Green for a layup and all seemed perfectly well with the defending champions almost two weeks after Green punched Poole at practice Oct. 5, then took a brief leave of absence from the team to work on his emotions. Poole wound up with 12 points and seven assists.

James had 31 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists, while Russell Westbrook scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds after nursing a sore left hamstring. Anthony Davis added 27 points, but the Lakers couldn’t keep up in another signature, runaway third quarter by reigning NBA Finals MVP Curry and Co.

Klay Thompson contributed 18 points in 20 minutes for the Warriors, who celebrated the franchise’s fourth title in eight years.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Sports Writers | 19/10/22

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