Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James came up big in clutch against the Golden State Warriors as he hit a three-pointer over Stephen Curry with just less than one minute to help the Purple and Gold win 103-100. "It was a great shot," Curry said, per ESPN.
"That was a tough one because you don't really expect it to go in. ... Everything changes when it goes in. All-time great players make great shots. That's what happens. "No different tonight, but it's a tough one."
With the win over the Warriors, the Lakers booked the No. 7 seed and a first-round meeting against the Phoenix Suns. "The West is a gauntlet of guards, starting tonight with Steph and obviously with our next-round matchup, Book [Devin Booker] and CP [Chris Paul]," said Alex Caruso, who led L.A.'
s bench with 14 points and three steals. "It's going to be a handful."
James led his team to a win
"After Draymond's finger to the eye, I was literally seeing three rims out there," James said.
"So I just shot at the middle one. And I was able to, with the grace from the man above, I was able to knock it down." Warriors head coach Steve Kerr showed his class and acknowledged the greatness of James after the game.
"He made a great shot, obviously, at the end," Kerr said. "We've played against him so many times over the years, we know how good LeBron is, what he's capable of. He came through for them. "I just love our guys' effort the whole game.
Draymond was amazing tonight guarding [Anthony] Davis, and I thought [Andrew Wiggins] did a great job on LeBron. Our guys really, really just battled and competed. I couldn't be more proud of the team for what they've become over the last couple of months."
Lakers big man Anthony Davis, who was struggling mightily in the first round, woke up in the second half as he finished the game with 25 points and 12 rebounds. "You never want to poke the bear," Davis said. "It's funny.
I told Jordan Poole, when we both got the double techs, I came down and hit the midrange [shot] and I said, 'You done woke me up.' "So, it's playoff basketball. That's going to happen. Anderson did the same thing with LeBron, and we're confident enough in our game, especially when we're struggling, that you never want to poke the bear."