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Lakers 100, Warriors 77: Race Log

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The Lakers beat Golden State on Sunday afternoon in San Francisco for a second straight win to start the California Classic. Below is a log of events as they occurred:

FIRST QUARTER
9:21 a.m.: Jay Huff recovered an alley-oop pitch from Scotty Pippen, Jr. and managed to finish by contact for an and-1, which he paid to the charity strip. Huff was terrific in Saturday’s opening win, but his nine points, seven boards and two blocks didn’t tell the whole story, as he also impacted Miami on the edge all night, as a key to keep them at 22 paint points.

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7:21 a.m.: Moses Moody, a 2021 lottery pick and champion Warriors rookie who showed promise later in the season and played some key minutes in the Western Final against Dallas, took a hit at head and had to head to the locker room to try and get the bleeding stopped. Moments later, Lakers rookie Max Christie converted a Pippen dunk on a fast break for his first FG, putting LAL up 10-4.

1:09: Golden State got a three from Alex Morales to tie a game LA had led from the start at 20, but Lakers sub RJ Cole quickly countered to restore the advantage. The margin after 10 minutes would be 23-21 after GSW split a pair of free throws. Huff finished the period with seven points (5 of 5 at the FT line).

SECOND QUARTER
6:14 a.m.: Christie was active on the glass to start the summer, and flew out to catch a misfire, then caught his own misfire, before throwing it to a waiting Cole Swider. The Syracuse sniper, who hit 5 of 7 FGs and 3 of 5 3s against MIA, rose to hit a triple that put LAL up 33-30 and forced a GSW timeout. Out of the TO, LAL stopped with Christie forcing Moody to throw him out of the paint, and Swider then hit a second straight three on the other end.

2:48: Mac McClung, G League rookie of the year last season, capped an 8-2 Lakers run with a driving layup that took him five points off the bench, and set up LAL 46-34 as they continued to control the second quarter, with a 23-13 edge at this point, behind an aggressive defense.

0:22.0: Huff, who had the first five points of the half, also got the last three, as he hit a corner triple on LAL’s last offensive possession to secure a 49-37 advantage at the break. LAL shot 46.9% from the field, including 5 of 12 of three (41.7%) and hitting 14 of 17 FT. They held GSW to 42.4% on field goals, limiting them to eight FT attempts and four makes, for a +10 advantage over the charity stripe.

THIRD QUARTER
5:49: The lead extended to 19 as Christie hit a hard base floater, his second shot of the game, to reach eight runs. Meanwhile, the 19-year-old continued his strong defensive game for the weekend, doing the bulk of his work on Moody’s (3 for 8 FG with three turnovers and one assist so far).

2h25: Swider was back from 3, drilling his second of the quarter and fourth of the game to make it 68-48, Lakers. That’s seven combined triples in 13 attempts over the weekend.

0:00: The Los Angeles defense was brave in both games, and another stoppage to close out the third quarter gave it a 72-53 lead going into the final quarter. McClung converted a bucket on the previous possession to reach seven points to tie Javante McCoy in points from the bench. The five starters of the LAL were already in double digits.

FOURTH TRIMESTER
8:51 a.m.: McClung went up for a dunk and appeared to be fouled on the way up, with Golden State contesting a decision they would eventually win. As McClung stepped aside during the review, new Lakers head coach Darvin Ham emerged from his seat near the LAL bench to give McClung a big hug. Ham is full of positive energy and laughs, but he’s equally good at keeping things real with players, using film to back up suggestions or requests.

5:21: As his father watched from the stands, Pippen Jr. scored twice within two minutes, to keep LAL in firm control at 83-61. This allowed Pippen Jr. to reach a team-high 18 points on 4 of 7 FGs and 6 of 7 FTs, plus eight assists without turnovers.

4:10: Swider’s fifth 3-pointer put the game on the ice, securing a second straight win for the Lakers. Sacha Killeya-Jones added two baskets in the final minutes, including his three seconds, to push the margin even further.

0:00: Your final: Lakers 100, Warriors 77.

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