Los Angeles (USA), – The absence of star forward LeBron James with the Los Angeles Lakers, the team has not wanted to play more this season, by not making the playoffs, left the duel with the Golden State Warriors without any interest and only the good individual performance that led the center DeMarcus Cousins and the triumph of 90-108 achieved by the bicampeones of the league except the night in the Staples Center.
Cousins was dominant throughout the game and scored 21 points and 10 rebounds that left him in front of the Warriors (54-24), who won the third consecutive game and the fifth in the last six disputed.
The victory allows the Warriors to get two games ahead of the Denver Nuggets in the fight for the best Western Conference record to give them the field advantage during the entire playoff competition.
Forward Kevin Durant had 15 points, eight assists and six rebounds, which left him as the Warriors’ second highest scorer, who overcame the poor basking night of star point guard Stephen Curry and guard Klay Thompson.
Curry finished with just seven points after scoring 3 of 14 shots, grabbed 10 rebounds-nine defensive, and distributed seven assists.
While Thompson reached the 11 points, but between both were combined with only 4 of 16 attempts of triples.
Thompson, who played 29 minutes, reached the 20.252, which is the eighth best team record in the history of the Warriors to overcome the legendary Wilt Chamberlain (20.231).
Reserve base Quinn Cook, who is increasingly integrated into the team, scored 18 points, including two triples, and became the sixth player of the match.
The rookie power forward Johnathan Williams, who came out of reserve, emerged as the leader of the Lakers to get a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds, his best mark as a professional, which did not prevent the second consecutive defeat of the Angels. , where the controversy follows the decision of the directors not to let James play in the last six games of the regular season.
James was in the Staples Center field and wore a black T-shirt with the image of rapper Nipey Hussle under his jacket.
Hussle, a follower of the Lakers and the Clippers, died last Sunday as a result of the injuries he suffered after receiving several gunshot wounds while outside the clothing store that ran in the city of Los Angeles angelina.
Center JaVale McGee finished with 13 rebounds and the Lakers dominated the Warriors with 62 balls collected under the hoops by 51 of the two-time league champions.
The Warriors finished as winners of the series 3-1 and have 10 wins in the last 11 games played, including the last five that have been played at Staples Center (EFE).