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Warriors roll past Lakers 108-90, chasing West's top seed

LOS ANGELES (AP) A year ago, Stephen Curry was hurting and the Golden State Warriors were locked into the No. 2 seed in the West.

How things have changed.

Curry is feeling good and Golden State got closer to clinching the No. 1 seed with a 108-90 victory over the also-ran Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.

''Much more comfortable this year,'' Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. ''This year I think it's been good for us to have to compete for the one-seed.''

With four regular-season games remaining, the Warriors own the best record in the West (54-24) and have a two-game lead over idle second-place Denver. The defending NBA champions also hold the tiebreaker over the Nuggets in the race for the top seed.

''They looked like they're turning on playoff mode,'' Lakers coach Luke Walton said. ''They came in that first quarter and were ready to go.''

DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Kevin Durant added 15 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Curry finished a quiet night with seven points on 3-of-14 shooting and 10 rebounds. Curry and fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson were a combined 4 of 16 from 3-point range.

''Their whole team is missing so it's pretty easy for us to get into a rhythm,'' Durant said. ''They're playing a lot of young players, inexperienced players. We took advantage of that.''

Johnathan Williams led the Lakers with 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds off the bench. JaVale McGee had 13 boards to help the Lakers outrebound Golden State 62-51.

''They came out with championship mentality and smacked us in the mouth to start the game,'' Williams said.

The Warriors set the tone in the first quarter when they shot 64% from the floor and led by 27 points. They made 7 of 12 3-pointers.

The Lakers missed all 10 of their 3-point attempts in the first. Their 12 points were a season low for any quarter.

''The first quarter was awful for us,'' Walton said. ''From that point on, our guys engaged and gave what they had. We saw some good performances from guys who are getting opportunities.''

Los Angeles outscored Golden State 30-21 in the second when its shooting improved to 32% from the field, but still trailed 60-42 at halftime.

Quinn Cook had 12 of his 18 points in the second for the Warriors, who won their third in a row and fifth in six games.

''We're getting hot at the right time,'' Cook said. ''Guys want to finish the season off the right way.''

Draymond Green, Thompson, Durant, Cousins and Curry dominated the third, outscoring the Lakers by 10 points to take a 94-66 lead into the fourth. Damion Lee's 3-pointer gave Golden State its largest lead of 34 points.

The fourth quarter was nothing more than a nationally televised audition among the Lakers' bench for future jobs with team owner Jeanie Buss leaving early. The Warriors also let their reserves finish it off.

TIP-INS

Warriors: They won the season series, 3-1. ... They've won 10 of 11 against the Lakers, including the last five in LA. ... G/F Andre Iguodala (left toe soreness) sat out. ... C Andrew Bogut and G Shaun Livingston rested on the front end of a back-to-back set. ... Thompson (20,252) moved past Wilt Chamberlain (20,231) into eighth on the team's all-time minutes list.

Lakers: F Kyle Kuzma (left foot peroneal tendinitis) missed his third straight game. Walton said it's not been decided whether Kuzma will sit out the last three games of the season. ... Already shut down for the season is LeBron James, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram. ... James wore a black T-shirt with the likeness of late rapper Nipsey Hussle under his suit jacket.

READING LIPS

During a timeout, James and Durant chatted briefly, sparking interest on social media about what they might have been saying.

''Just laughing and joking and catching up,'' Durant said. ''Everybody's so interested, especially in LeBron. So whoever he talks to, the lip readers are going to try to figure it out. You guys are just infatuated with that whole thing.''

CARUSO'S DUNK

Lakers reserve guard Alex Caruso got the crowd's attention with a dunk to end the second quarter. Rondo's 3-pointer missed and Caruso got the rebound and slammed it. At 6-foot-5, he was one of the shorter players on the court. He finished with nine points, just over his 7.5-point average in 22 games this season.

UP NEXT

Warriors: Host Cleveland on Friday in the Warriors' last back-to-back of the regular season.

Lakers: They're the visiting team against the Clippers on Friday.

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Key Players
K. Durant
35 SF
R. Rondo
9 PG
29.6 Min. Per Game 29.6
9.0 Pts. Per Game 9.0
8.0 Ast. Per Game 8.0
5.3 Reb. Per Game 5.3
51.8 Field Goal % 40.6
51.8 Three Point % 40.6
88.5 Free Throw % 65.7
  Defensive rebound by Jacob Evans 0:09
  Jemerrio Jones missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:11
  Jonas Jerebko missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:26
  Defensive rebound by Jordan Bell 0:34
  Moe Wagner missed driving layup 0:36
  Jordan Bell missed jump shot 0:51
  Personal foul on Moe Wagner 0:57
  Bad pass turnover on Alex Caruso, stolen by Damion Lee 1:05
  Defensive rebound by Moe Wagner 1:12
  Jacob Evans missed jump shot 1:15
+ 1 Moe Wagner made free throw 1:24
Team Stats
Points 108 90
Field Goals 43-98 (43.9%) 37-104 (35.6%)
3-Pointers 18-46 (39.1%) 8-37 (21.6%)
Free Throws 4-5 (80.0%) 8-14 (57.1%)
Total Rebounds 56 73
Offensive 9 18
Defensive 42 44
Team 5 11
Assists 30 25
Steals 11 10
Blocks 5 7
Turnovers 14 18
Fouls 18 10
Technicals 0 0
21 PTS, 10 REB, 1 AST
17 PTS, 13 REB, 1 AST
1234T
away team logo Warriors 54-24 39213414108
home team logo Lakers 35-44 1230242490
Team Stats
away team logo Warriors 54-24 111.8 PPG 46.6 RPG 22.0 APG
home team logo Lakers 35-44 107.3 PPG 45.2 RPG 26.5 APG
Key Players
D. Cousins C PPG RPG APG FG%
J. Williams PF PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. Cousins C 21 PTS 10 REB 1 AST
J. Williams PF 17 PTS 13 REB 1 AST
43.9 FG% 35.6
39.1 3PT FG% 21.6
80.0 FT% 57.1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Cousins 21 10 1 9/17 3/7 0/1 1 23 2 0 0 2 8 +27 35
K. Durant 15 6 8 5/7 3/4 2/2 3 28 0 0 6 0 6 +37 31
D. Green 12 4 6 5/8 2/3 0/0 1 29 1 2 2 2 2 +32 29
K. Thompson 11 4 3 3/11 3/7 2/2 1 29 0 1 0 0 4 +24 22
S. Curry 7 10 7 3/14 1/9 0/0 1 29 1 0 2 1 9 +32 30
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Cousins 21 10 1 9/17 3/7 0/1 1 23 2 0 0 2 8 +27 35
K. Durant 15 6 8 5/7 3/4 2/2 3 28 0 0 6 0 6 +37 31
D. Green 12 4 6 5/8 2/3 0/0 1 29 1 2 2 2 2 +32 29
K. Thompson 11 4 3 3/11 3/7 2/2 1 29 0 1 0 0 4 +24 22
S. Curry 7 10 7 3/14 1/9 0/0 1 29 1 0 2 1 9 +32 30
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
Q. Cook 18 1 1 8/13 2/6 0/0 3 20 1 0 1 0 1 -16 21
D. Lee 8 3 1 3/4 2/3 0/0 1 12 2 0 0 0 3 -5 15
K. Looney 6 3 0 3/4 0/0 0/0 0 12 1 0 0 3 0 +1 10
A. McKinnie 5 4 0 2/4 1/3 0/0 3 15 0 0 0 0 4 -10 9
J. Jerebko 3 3 2 1/8 1/4 0/0 2 18 2 1 3 1 2 -14 10
J. Bell 2 2 0 1/5 0/0 0/0 0 12 0 1 0 0 2 -10 5
J. Evans 0 1 1 0/3 0/0 0/0 2 7 1 0 0 0 1 -8 4
D. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Derrickson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Iguodala - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Livingston - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Bogut - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 108 51 30 43/98 18/46 4/5 18 234 11 5 14 9 42 +90 221
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Wagner 13 6 2 4/9 0/2 5/5 1 24 0 1 4 1 5 -17 20
R. Rondo 12 4 2 5/15 2/8 0/2 0 29 2 0 2 0 4 -32 20
A. Caruso 9 5 6 4/14 1/3 0/0 0 37 1 0 3 2 3 -18 24
J. McGee 8 13 1 4/8 0/0 0/0 2 20 0 3 1 5 8 -28 25
K. Caldwell-Pope 7 2 3 3/19 1/9 0/0 2 21 1 0 1 1 1 -29 15
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Wagner 13 6 2 4/9 0/2 5/5 1 24 0 1 4 1 5 -17 20
R. Rondo 12 4 2 5/15 2/8 0/2 0 29 2 0 2 0 4 -32 20
A. Caruso 9 5 6 4/14 1/3 0/0 0 37 1 0 3 2 3 -18 24
J. McGee 8 13 1 4/8 0/0 0/0 2 20 0 3 1 5 8 -28 25
K. Caldwell-Pope 7 2 3 3/19 1/9 0/0 2 21 1 0 1 1 1 -29 15
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Williams 17 13 1 8/14 0/0 1/3 3 26 1 1 2 6 7 +14 32
M. Muscala 11 6 2 4/8 3/5 0/0 0 24 1 0 0 0 6 -5 22
L. Stephenson 5 3 3 2/9 1/7 0/0 1 20 1 1 3 0 3 -3 13
J. Jones 4 7 3 2/7 0/3 0/0 1 27 2 0 2 2 5 +23 17
I. Bonga 4 3 2 1/1 0/0 2/4 0 8 1 1 0 1 2 +5 13
R. Bullock - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hart - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Ingram - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Ball - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Chandler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Kuzma - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. James - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 90 62 25 37/104 8/37 8/14 10 236 10 7 18 18 44 -90 201