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Malik Beasley Scores 25 Points, Lakers Beat Warriors 124–111

LOS ANGELES—Malik Beasley scored 25 points, Austin Reaves had 17 off the bench and the Los Angeles Lakers returned from the All-Star break to beat the Golden State Warriors 124–111 on Thursday night, Feb. 23.

Beasley, who was acquired from Utah as part of a three-team trade during the Feb. 9 deadline, has two 20-point games in his four starts for the Lakers. He got off to a quick start with eight of the Lakers’ first 10 points and then had eight points in the third quarter when they broke the game open.

Reeves made all six of his shots from the field and was 4 of 4 from the foul line. His big quarter was the third, when he scored 13 points.

The Lakers had seven players in double figures in what ended up being quiet nights for LeBron James and Anthony Davis. James—who suffered a hand injury during the All-Star game Sunday night—had 13 points, but was 5 of 20 from the floor, marking only the sixth time in his career he has shot 25% or worse when attempting at least 20 shots.

James also had nine rebounds and eight assists. Davis had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Klay Thompson led Golden State with 22 points and Ty Jerome added 20. The defending NBA champions have dropped four of their last five and are 29–30.

Golden State got to 59–58 early in the third quarter on a jumper by Thompson before the Lakers went on a 21–7 run.

The Warriors countered by getting within eight before the Lakers broke it open again with a 26–6 spurt.

Tip-Ins

Warriors: Jordan Poole had 16 points. Kevon Looney had 15 rebounds along with 10 points. He is the first Golden State player to have four straight games with at least 13 rebounds since Andrew Bogut in 2014.

Lakers: Rui Hachimura had 14 points and Dennis Schroder 13. D’Angelo Russell sprained his right ankle in the first quarter and did not return.

Up Next

Warriors: Host Houston on Friday night.

Lakers: At Dallas on Sunday.

By Joe Reedy

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