The Golden State Warriors 115-101 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday night was must see TV. Even without LeBron James and Lonzo Ball participating, this Pacific Division showdown was rife with juicy subplots.
First, the Warriors win appears to have revealed major dissension between Lakers coach Luke Walton and his team. Additionally, it avenged the champs’ pride for that shameful Christmas Day defeat to L.A.
Finally, it was also the final regular season matchup between these two teams in Oracle Arena, as the Warriors will be moving across the Bay to their shiny new digs in San Francisco next season. This means that barring a playoff meeting, this could be the final time Dub Nation had to defend Warriors’ Ground from the hordes of infiltrating Lakers fans.
Warriors Wonder: Warriors fans at Oracle
Oracle is a haven for Dub Nation, except when the Lakers bring a decent team into town. That’s when countless Lake Show supporters obnoxiously pour in and try to siphon away homecourt advantage from the Bay’s team.
A huge line of Lakers fans coming into Oracle. pic.twitter.com/VqO9kO8OIz— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) February 3, 2019
Last night, the Purple and Gold supporters went head on with Dub Nation, and the results were hilariously entertaining.
Lakers fans letting Steph hear it after missing a couple shots. pic.twitter.com/L6ombfLyrE— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) February 3, 2019
Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant have free agency looming, and the Lakers are heavily rumored to be in top pursuit during the offseason. This was not lost on the L.A. fans who wooed the Dubs’ two All-Stars from the rafters.
Lakers fans in the 200 section are chanting.— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) February 3, 2019
Lakers fans really chanted "We want Thompson" in Oracle ⬆️ pic.twitter.com/dh8j4aYxWP— ESPN (@espn) February 3, 2019
The people sounded off like two warring tribes, fighting to control the atmosphere as the two teams gritted and sweated under the bright lights. As the Lakers took a 81-71 lead halfway through the third, the arena was filled with growing moans of discontent from Dub Nation, and the wild celebration from the lusty visiting contingent.
Oracle is BIG MAD at Lakers fans chants— Ry (@JustRyCole) February 3, 2019
Until DeMarcus Cousins decided to weaponize some joy for the Warriors faithful.
Per Brian Witt of NBC Sports:
The energy had been sucked out of the arena.
Then, all of a sudden, Oracle was louder than it had been, perhaps, all season.
It was instant pandemonium inside Oracle.
“I thought his dunk brought the arena to life and brought the team to life,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Cousins’ dunk after the win. “We were searching for energy and emotion up until that point. I think this was a typical game where you let your guard down a little because the team has players not playing, so there was no life in the building and our guys weren’t generating any energy. That play sort of changed all that.”
With Oracle energized, the Warriors seized control of the game and never looked back. The Lakers fans begrudgingly ceded the decibels to Dub Nation, for perhaps the final time in that building’s history.
The dueling crowds made for a big game atmosphere, and it was amusing to see just how jealous they are of our players.
Steve Kerr isn't too worried about Lakers fans making their pitch to Klay Thompson pic.twitter.com/Ws4Fn6kkPU— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 3, 2019
Congrats to all the Warriors season ticket holders paying for a chunk of their Chase Center PSLs with money Lakers fans coughed up to see their team lose.— Fast Break (@GSWFastBreak) February 3, 2019
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