Warriors vs. Lakers score: Stephen Curry, defending champs take down LeBron James and Co. on NBA opening night

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For the second consecutive season, a Russell Westbrook-led Los Angeles Lakers team has opened its season against the Golden State Warriors, and for the second consecutive season, the Warriors have left that opener as the victor. Golden State defeated Los Angeles 123-109 on opening night after raising the fourth championship banner of the Stephen Curry era into the rafters.

Curry led the way with 33 points for Golden State, but it was a balanced attack and, more importantly, a voracious defense that led to the win. The Warriors held the Lakers to just 25 percent shooting from behind the arc, and that poor spacing allowed them to protect the rim without worrying about the Lakers punishing them from deep. LeBron James and Anthony Davis scored their typical point totals but did so inefficiently, and the rest of the Laker roster disappointed greatly offensively.

Things don’t get any easier for the Lakers, who have to face the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday. The Warriors have a major test of their own coming Thursday when they face the Denver Nuggets and two-time MVP Nikola Jokic. The Lakers and Warriors will see each other three more times this season, and if the Lakers hope to compete with the defending champions in any of those games, they’re going to need a whole lot more out of their support cast.

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