Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Lakers aim to end season with win vs. Warriors

Lakers aim to end season with win vs. Warriors

But after seeing Walton work as an assistant for the previous two seasons with Golden State, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Walton has "done an awesome job" in his first season as the Lakers' coach.

The latter is significant in that the Lakers will lose their first-round draft pick to the Philadelphia 76ers should it land outside the top three. They wrapped up their home schedule with a victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, and have headed up to the Bay Area to end their season against the Golden State Warriors. "I guess that's the last piece of the puzzle", Durant said after Monday's game.

A day after a fierce and fun 3-point shootout following practice, Durant said before the game he hoped to have found his shooting touch after recently missing 19 games with a left knee injury. Los Angeles has less than a 50 percent chance of earning a top-three pick in the lottery.

"I still got a long way to go to feel right, feel like me".

"It's been very trying for him", Kerr said.

During the first quarter, as Durant first began pouring in points, the National Basketball Association announced the opening schedule for the first round of the playoffs.

Durant wasted little time ending his 3-point shooting drought, hitting a 27-footer in the fourth minute.

The Warriors took control early, 43-28, and were never threatened.

A lot of the Warriors success on the offensive end comes from their All-Star backcourt of Thompson and Curry, the reigning two-time NBA MVP.

All five Los Angeles starters reached double figures, with Jordan Clarkson's 17 points taking team honors.

On Wednesday, second-year guard D'Angelo Russell missed his second consecutive game while grieving with family in Louisville, Ky. after his grandmother passed away on Sunday.

In 20 games with Golden State, Barnes is averaging 5.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 20.5 minutes. The first game between Lakers and Warriors in this season have ended with the loss of Lakers.

No such luck was required Tuesday night, when the Lakers ran their streak to five games.

The important story here is that Golden State has finished with 67 wins for the second time in three seasons and has won greater or equal to that amount in three straight years. Almost six months later, the Lakers concluded the 2016-17 season with another reminder of how wide that gap remains. Golden State set the all-time record of 73 wins last season. They earned a postseason berth in 60 of the first 65 seasons in franchise history.

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