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Warriors, Steph Curry hit shots when they need to, beat tough Lakers squad

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Stephen Curry, seen here Nov. 11, improved his jump shot in overtime after struggling for most of the contest on Wednesday. (Daniel Kim/Special to S.F. Examiner)
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Two shots was all Stephen Curry needed.

The former back-to-back MVP made one of his first eight 3-point attempts as he and the Golden State Warriors struggled for most of their contest against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

After former Dubs assistant Luke Walton’s team forced overtime, Curry needed two shots to allay fears his hand contusion was a serious problem. He buried the pair of long balls in the first minute of the extra period and Golden State held on to win, 127-123.

But, as was the theme for the entire evening, the Lakers wouldn’t make it easy for the defending champs. The Warriors didn’t help themselves out much, either, by throwing 22 turnovers — the same number as their blowout loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Golden State had a 10-point lead in the second quarter, but then slowly gave it back as Los Angeles went into the break with a four-point lead.

After a back-and-forth second half, the Warriors found themselves trailing by a three. With 45 seconds remaining, about the same point in Game 3 of the NBA Finals when he hit his iconic shot over LeBron James, Durant rose up from deep and tied the game.

Curry didn’t quite seal the win by scoring 13 points in overtime as the Lakers trailed by just two with 10 seconds left until Draymond Green tipped an offensive rebound toward midcourt that Andre Iguodala secured.

Los Angeles second-year forward Brandon Ingram had his best game as a pro, scoring 32 points. But, he wasn’t able to finish the game in regulation. After Ingram got a half-step past Klay Thompson, Draymond Green made the defensive rotation in time to alter the shot and ensure Golden State didn’t lose two-straight to divisional foes.

The Warriors are just one game into a six-game road trip. They’ll head east to play the Orlando Magic on Friday. The schedule won’t get any easier in the next game, which will come after a day off in Miami.

jpalmer@sfexaminer.com

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