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Lakers vs. Warriors score, results: LeBron James' clutch 3-pointer lifts Los Angeles past Golden State

Sporting News logo Sporting News 2021-05-20 Jordan Greer

The Warriors landed a few body blows early against the Lakers on Wednesday night, but LeBron James delivered the knockout punch with a wild 3-pointer to give Los Angeles a 103-100 win.

With exactly one minute remaining on the clock in the fourth quarter and the score tied at 100, James caught the ball at the Staples Center logo and launched a deep attempt to avoid a shot clock violation. The four-time NBA champion drained the triple, leaving Stephen Curry and the Warriors stunned.

Golden State, which controlled much of the game and held a 13-point lead at halftime, failed to score on its final two offensive possessions, giving Los Angeles the play-in victory and No. 7 seed in the Western Conference playoff bracket. The Warriors will face the Grizzlies on Friday for the No. 8 seed in a win-or-go-home contest.

Sporting News provided live scoring updates and highlights from Lakers vs. Warriors on Wednesday. Check out all of the highlights you missed right here.

Lakers vs. Warriors score

Play-in game Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Lakers 22 20 35 26 103
Warriors 28 27 24 21 100

Lakers vs. Warriors live updates, highlights from NBA play-in game

(All times Eastern)

Final: Lakers 103, Warriors 100

12:40 a.m. — The Warriors turn the ball over on the final possession. The Lakers are heading to the playoffs.

12:37 a.m. — LEBRON JAMES. WHAT A SHOT. LAKERS LEAD BY THREE.

12:35 a.m. — Draymond Green with a hard foul on LeBron James, but it is not upgraded to a flagrant.

12:30 a.m. — What are you supposed to do with this hesitation dribble?

12:25 a.m. — Jordan Poole really wanted that poster.

12:20 a.m. — Feathery touch from Stephen Curry on the finger roll. We've got a good one here.

12:05 a.m. — With 11 minutes to go in regulation, the Lakers have their first lead of the game. Warriors coach Steve Kerr might want to get Stephen Curry back on the floor.

End of third quarter: Warriors 79, Lakers 77

Midnight — A beautiful backdoor pass from LeBron James to Kyle Kuzma. The Lakers are cutting down the deficit.

11:55 p.m. — You can never rest when you're defending Stephen Curry.

11:45 p.m. — An Andrew Wiggins spin into a midrange jumper? Man, that's smooth.


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11:35 p.m. — OK, that is a LeBron James finish. The Lakers star explodes to the basket for the traditional 3-point play.

Halftime: Warriors 55, Lakers 42

11:15 p.m. — Oh, of course he hits the buzzer-beater. Stephen Curry sends Golden State into the locker room with a 13-point cushion. 

11:10 p.m. — Stephen Curry is heating up. The two-time NBA MVP drains back-to-back 3-pointers to extend the Warriors' lead.

11 p.m. — The "We Believe" Warriors, Version 2.0?

10:55 p.m. — Give the Warriors credit. They are simply playing with more energy and aggression than the Lakers.

10:45 p.m. — The Lakers' offense is looking rough. They are 8-of-29 from the field and 4-of-12 from 3-point range as a team. 

End of first quarter: Warriors 28, Lakers 22

10:35 p.m. — Draymond Green gets just a little bit too chatty with the officiating crew and picks up a technical foul. 

10:30 p.m. — LeBron James and Anthony Davis are a combined 1-of-8 from the field so far, yet the Lakers only trail by four points. Davis in particular has been struggling to get to his spots with Draymond Green harassing him all over the floor.

10:20 p.m. — A terrific start for Golden State. The Warriors rattle off a quick 12-4 run, forcing Lakers coach Frank Vogel to call a timeout.

10:15 p.m. — Let's do this. The Lakers win the opening tip, but Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins scores the first points of the game.

9:55 p.m. — And Los Angeles' starting five: Dennis Schroder, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Andre Drummond.

9:50 p.m. — Golden State's starting five: Stephen Curry, Kent Bazemore, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney.

9:35 p.m. — Stephen Curry is just getting up some logo shots. You know, totally normal shooting range.

9:25 p.m. — Lakers coach Frank Vogel tells reporters that everyone is available, a welcome update for Los Angeles considering the team has been dealing with injury issues for most of the season.

Lakers vs. Warriors start time

  • Start time: 10 p.m. ET | 7 p.m. PT
  • TV channel: ESPN
  • Live stream: Watch ESPN | fuboTV

Warriors vs. Lakers is scheduled to start at 10 p.m. ET live on ESPN. You can live stream the game via Watch ESPN or the Watch ESPN app.

Play-in games on ESPN can also be streamed on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.

NBA play-in tournament schedule

May 18

Game (play-in) Time (ET) National TV
Hornets vs. Pacers 6:30 p.m. TNT
Wizards vs. Celtics 9 p.m. TNT

May 19

Game (play-in) Time (ET) National TV
Spurs vs. Grizzlies 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Warriors vs. Lakers 10 p.m. ESPN

May 20

Game (play-in) Time (ET) National TV
Pacers vs. Wizards 8 p.m. TNT

May 21

Game (play-in) Time (ET) National TV
Grizzlies vs. Warriors 9 p.m. ESPN
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