NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Golden State 29 36 45 20 130
LA Lakers 24 31 25 31 111
7:30 PM PT8:30 PM MT9:30 PM CT10:30 PM ET3:30 GMT11:30 8:30 PM MST10:30 PM EST7:30 UAE (+1)04:3022:30 ET9:30 PM CT1:30 , January 21, 2019
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California  Attendance: 18,997

Cousins back for more as Warriors play shorthanded Lakers

According to STATS
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Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Lakers

  1. The Warriors have won seven games in a row -- one off tying the team's longest winning streak of the season. Golden State is scoring an NBA-high 131.1 points per game this month -- the last team to average more points in any single month was the Nuggets in November 1988 (132.5) (min. 5 games).
  2. After winning an overtime game against the Thunder on Thursday, the Lakers lost in overtime against the Rockets on Saturday. The last time the Lakers played in three consecutive games that went to overtime was from November 1-5, 1991, the team's first three games of the 1991-92 season.
  3. The Lakers defeated the Warriors on Christmas Day, 127-101, in a game that saw LeBron James exit with a groin injury. Since that game, Los Angeles has a 5-8 (.385) record without James, and Golden State has gone 9-2 (.818) with an NBA-best +14.5 point differential per game.
  4. Stephen Curry has an effective field-goal percentage of 62.5 this season and a free-throw percentage of 92.5. Curry is already the only player in NBA history with a 60.0 eFG% and a 90.0 FT% in the same season, having done so in 2015-16 and 2017-18 (qualified players only).
  5. Kyle Kuzma has scored 32 points and grabbed eight rebounds in back-to-back games. Since James went down with an injury on Christmas Day, Kuzma has averaged 23.0 points and 7.2 rebounds in 11 games.
  6. DeMarcus Cousins made his season debut for Golden State last game, fouling out in 15:03. It was the fastest a player has fouled out in his first start of the season since the Suns' Amar'e Stoudemire fouled out in 15:01 on November 8, 2006.

The NBA's most intriguing 15 minutes of the past week belonged to DeMarcus Cousins, who made his Golden State debut like only he could.

Cousins and the Warriors now head into a Monday matchup at the Los Angeles Lakers coming off a 112-94 victory Friday night in the same building against the Clippers.

Out for just shy of a full year because of an Achilles injury, Cousins used his small window of time on the court to show the Warriors he is ready to deliver exactly what they wanted.

No-nonsense-yet-determined play on the inside? Check, as Cousins did not shy away from the action, committing six fouls in his 15 minutes.

Long-range shooting to fit into the Warriors' identity? Check, as Cousins went 3-of-4 from 3-point range, including consecutive 3s at the start of the second half.

Cousins finished the game with 14 points and afterward there were smiles all around.

"It's been a long journey ... I've said it plenty of times," Cousins said.

"This was probably one of the best days of my life, just being out there on the floor again, playing the game that I love. My teammates were great. They supported me through this entire process. The organization has supported me through this entire process."

Smiling has not come so easy of late for the Lakers, who have been without LeBron James for the past 13 games because of a groin injury that happened on Christmas Day at Golden State.

The Lakers are just 5-8 without their superstar leader, but things have looked much better of late with the Lakers defeating the Chicago Bulls at home last week before winning at Oklahoma City. On Saturday, they went to Houston and took the Rockets to overtime before falling 138-134.

The better news for the Lakers is that James was cleared to practice in full Sunday, although he reportedly will not play Monday against the Warriors.

The injury news was not completely promising, though.

Point guard Lonzo Ball suffered a Grade 3 left ankle sprain in the third quarter at Houston and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, the team announced Sunday. With Ball not available for most of the second half against the Rockets, Los Angeles failed to hold on to what was once a 21-point lead.

Kyle Kuzma has stepped up for the Lakers as James recovers. He has averaged 23 points in the 11 games he has played since James has been out, up from his 19.3 season average. And he scored 32 points in each of the past two games.

But the Lakers will have to find somebody to set up his scoring opportunities. In addition to Ball, fellow point guard Rajon Rondo remains out with a hand injury.

The Warriors are healthy outside of center Damian Jones, who is out indefinitely with a pectoral injury.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 20, 2019

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