Curry helps Warriors trump Lakers in Beijing
LA Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni (R) watches as Steve Blake of the LA Lakers (L) drives past Toney Douglas of the Golden State Warriors during their NBA Global Game 2013 tour game at the Wukesong Stadium in Beijing on October 15, 2013
Curry had been ice cold before lighting it up in the fourth quarter, as Warriors coach Mark Jackson reinserted his starters after losing ground in the third.
In contrast, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni stuck with his reserves throughout the fourth quarter, despite being outscored by 16 points in the last 12 minutes.
Curry finished with 24 points. He was aided by All-Star power forward David Lee, who finished with 31 points and 6 rebounds.
Lee's 24 first-half points kept the Warriors in the game as the Lakers entered the second half with a 54-52 lead.
The game started at a frenzied pace, with both teams hitting over 70 percent before settling down.
Despite not having former MVP shooting guard Kobe Bryant in the lineup, the Lakers broke open what was a close game, led by the shooting exploits of new small forward Nick Young, who finished with 18 points including three three-pointers.
Young was part of a balanced Lakers attack that had three other double-digit scorers, including power forward Pau Gasol (15 points), centre Chris Kaman (14 points on seven for seven shooting and 10 rebounds), and backup shooting guard Xavier Henry (15 points).
However, the Lakers backups were overwhelmed once the Golden State reinserted their starters.
Part of their fourth quarter attack was spurred by third-year shooting guard Klay Thompson, who was the only other Warrior to score over 10 points, finishing with 13 and three three-pointers.
The two teams will face each other again on Friday, October 18 in Shanghai in the closing game of the NBA's Global Games pre-season slate.
The 10-city, seven-country programme has brought pre-season NBA games to Philippines and Brazil for the first time.
It will continue with regular season games in Mexico City and London.
The league also announced a partnership with China's first NBA All-Star Yao Ming to operate the first ever NBA Yao School in Beijing.
Set to open in February 2014, the school will provide after-school basketball training and fitness programs to local youth.
"It has always been my dream to positively impact the lives of youth through sports participation, Yao said. "I look forward to working with the NBA to establish the NBA Yao School as a trusted destination for basketball training."
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