Warriors 109, Lakers 103: Stephen Curry collected 25 points and 10 assists and David Lee added 23 and 12 rebounds as Golden State jumped out to a big lead and closed out visiting Los Angeles.
Klay Thompson scored 22 points and Jarrett Jack had 19 off the bench for the Warriors, who moved a full game ahead of the idle Houston Rockets for the No. 6 spot in the Western Conference.
Kobe Bryant scored 36 points and Steve Nash chipped in 21 as the Lakers dropped their third straight game and saw their lead over the Utah Jazz for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West slip to one game.
Golden State used a 16-6 burst closing the first quarter to take a 28-16 lead after the opening period. Curry’s 3-pointer with 6:26 left in the half extended the lead to 20 points and a 9-2 run ending the period pushed it out to a 63-40 advantage at the break.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from Thompson and Curry made it a 75-50 lead early in the third quarter and the Warriors settled for a 94-76 lead heading into the 12 minutes.
Golden State held a 20-point lead after Lee’s three-point play with 8:26 left before Los Angeles began to get back into the game. Steve Blake’s 3-pointer cut it to single digits and Bryant’s free throw drew the Lakers within 107-101 with eight seconds left.
Curry hit a pair of free throws to close it out with seven seconds on the clock as Golden State snapped a six-game losing streak to Los Angeles. GAME NOTEBOOK: Lakers F Metta World Peace sprained his left knee and played only 19 minutes, scoring seven points. … Lakers C Dwight Howard recorded 11 points and 15 rebounds but was held to eight field goal attempts by Warriors C Andrew Bogut. … Los Angeles F Pau Gasol made his second straight start since returning from a 20-game absence and contributed seven points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes. … Curry went 3-of-9 from 3-point range and has hit at least three from beyond the arc in each of the last five games.