Lakers 124, Warriors 121

OAKLAND — if you looked at the final score and a few selected statistics, you might have thought the Lakers played a fine game while defeating the Golden State Warriors tonight. But then there was the number 24. That was the number of turnovers the Lakers had during their ninth straight win over the Warriors. Golden State feasted on the Lakers’ mistakes, turning their turnovers into 29 points. In other words, it would have been a rout instead of a nail-biter if the Lakers had taken care of the ball. Kobe Bryant scored 29 points for the Lakers and Stephen Curry had 29 for the Warriors. Monta Ellis missed a 3 at the buzzer that would have tied the score and sent the game to overtime.

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