NBA: Lakers beat Warriors

Anthony Davis contributed 25 points and 13 rebounds for the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3, matching his output from Game 1, helping his team defeat the Golden State Warriors 127-97 and take a 2-1 series lead in the Western Conference semifinals here at the Arena in downtown Los Angeles. Davis led all scorers with 25 points while LeBron James finished with 21. But it was D’Angelo Russell who shouldered much of the offensive burden for the Lakers, especially in the first half. He finished with 21 of his own on 8 of 13 shooting. The Warriors couldn’t build on their confident performance last time out. Despite holding a seven-point lead heading into the second quarter, they fell apart after allowing the Lakers to close the first half on a 30-8 run. A weak second-half performance doomed their night, and they now need a win in Game 4 to avoid going down 3-1. The first quarter was won by the Warriors as the score was 30-23. The Lakers started the first quarter well but coming towards the end they lost their focus and gave away the lead to the Warriors.