The Los Angeles Lakers went into hostile territory on Tuesday night and came away with a 117-112 victory over the Golden State Warriors. It was not always pretty but Anthony Davis turned in a dominant display to give his team a 1-0 series lead.
Winning Game 1 as the team without home-court advantage is absolutely massive for Los Angeles. Even if the Lake Show cannot win Game 2, the team has stolen home-court advantage from the Warriors in the process. With Golden State having an awful road record in the regular season and the Lakers having a great fanbase the purple and gold are in a great spot.
In fact, Los Angeles is in such a good position after winning Game 1 that Lakers fans on Twitter are being very confident with their declarations about the series. Shortly after the final whistle sounded, “Lakers in 4” started to trend on Twitter.
Lakers fans are feeling boldly confident after Game 1 win over Warriors
Even though it was an ugly dogfight it is hard not to be confident in the Lakers following this game. Everything happened in this game to lead to a Lakers loss and at the end of the day, that makes the upcoming games in the series seem like less of a challenge.
Los Angeles got off to a bad start with Golden State jumping out to a 10-2 start. If we would have told you before the game that the Warriors would start the game with a 10-2 run and then go on a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter then you would have definitely though that LA lost the game.
Nope. The Lakers fought tooth and nail to get the W even with the Warriors massively outshooting them. Golden State made 21 of 53 threes while the Lake Show made six of 25. And the Warriors had more offensive rebounds.
NBA teams never win games in 2023 when they make 15 fewer threes than the other team, but the Lakers just did.
You could argue that the Lake Show got the best version of the Warriors on Tuesday night and were still able to emerge victoriously. Is Golden State going to be able to throw the best version of itself at LA every single night? Probably not.
And just wait until the Lakers actually throw the best version of themselves at the Warriors. Sweeping the defending champs might be a bit aggressive but it is hard not to love the purple and gold in this series after Game 1.