The Lakers (23-11) are set to face the Warriors (19-15) for a 5:00 p.m. tip off on Spectrum SportsNet as LAL look to avenge a huge 4th Q comeback by Golden State in the last meeting between these teams on Jan. 18.
Below are three things to know in advance of the matchup:
Back in January, the Lakers were in firm control of their MLK Day contest against GSW, holding a 64-48 lead at the half, a 92-81 lead after three and a 97-83 lead at the 11:12 mark of the fourth quarter after LeBron hit a deep three. L.A. appeared to be cruising to a sixth straight win to improve to 12-3 on the season … but the Warriors bench had other ideas. Kent Bazemore hit a 3; Eric Paschall scored a trio of buckets at the rim; and Damian Lee drilled a 3. Suddenly, it was a 6-point game with 8:37 to go. LAL managed to hold the lead for the next five minutes, until a pair of Steph Curry FT’s tied the game with 3:15 to play.
The Lakers might argue that they weren’t getting the benefit of doubt on several whistles, but that can happen when a team seizes momentum, and the Warriors went up 115-110 on Curry’s three with 1:07 to play, the biggest shot of the game. LeBron had a look at a game-winning three after his FT’s cut the margin to…