WATCH: Warriors’ Steph Curry Tricks Anthony Davis to Get Him Off Feet

Published 01/18/2021, 11:41 PM EST
Jan 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) defends Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) during the first quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


The Warriors met the Lakers at the Staples Center to make even their away record even at 3-3. However, they struggled big time at the beginning of the game as the Lakers pulled an early lead. 

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At one point in the game, Lakers’ Dennis Schroder alone had as many points as the Warriors at 14 points. But the GSW soon bounced back in the second quarter with some phenomenal plays from guard Kelly Oubre Jr. Stephen Curry too showcased some significant moments as they tried to bridge the gap.

Jan 14, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts with center James Wiseman (33) in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

When Stephen Curry tricked Anthony Davis

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The Lakers are scary on a defensive front and much of the credit goes to their forward Anthony Davis and center Marc Gasol. However, an agile Steph Curry beat them both in a frame where he left AD bewildered. The 32-YO star came cruising inside the mid-range to find AD and used hesitation to easily get past him. He then sent a no-look pass to Kelly Oubre, who then finished it with a dunk over Marc Gasol. 

AD clearly thought Curry would go for a three-pointer, given his image, but got tricked. On a downside for the 3-time NBA Champion, Steph was 1/6 from the three-point range until the first half. That is very unlike him, and he also struggled to convert from the field. 

Lakers unwilling to put their armor down against the Warriors

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For the Lakers, AD inched closer to a triple-double as he collected 8 points, 8 rebs, and 7 assists in the first half. Marc Gasol showed off his amazing vision with some accurate passes, and Montrezl Harrell recorded 6/6 from the field and scored 12 points with 5 boards. 

The Warriors breathed a sigh of relief as Draymond Green finally opened his account with a three-pointer after going scoreless for more than 14 minutes into the game. Kelly missed a clutch three before the break and that left a big deficit for the Warriors to cover. They trailed 48-64 in the first half.

As a Laker, LeBron James has never lost against Curry on the court. Will the trend continue? At half-time, the answer seems obvious.

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Read also – WATCH: LeBron James Had Predicted Greatness for Stephen Curry Even Before He Landed in NBA

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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