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Lakers, James visit Golden State on Christmas

According to STATS
According to STATS

Los Angeles Lakers at Golden State Warriors

  1. The Warriors have won their last 11 home games against the Lakers with the most recent loss coming on December 22, 2012. Los Angeles has not lost more than 11 straight road games against a single opponent for three decades (12 straight at the 76ers from 1975-1983).
  2. The Lakers lost to the Grizzlies at home on Sunday, 107-99, breaking a string of six straight home wins. Los Angeles failed to reach 100 points for just the third time this season (1-2 record), attempting a season-low 75 field goals in the loss.
  3. The Warriors defeated the Clippers at home, 129-127, despite the Clippers shooting 78.3 percent (18/23) from behind the arc. That is the highest single-game three-point percentage in NBA history by a team who attempted at least 20 three pointers.
  4. Golden State is 15-5 (.750) with Draymond Green in the lineup this season and 8-6 (.571) without him. The Warriors are scoring 20.2 points per game on the fast break when Green plays and 12.7 when he is unavailable.
  5. LeBron James is 8-4 (.667) on Christmas Day in his career. His teams have lost three of the last four after they won seven straight from 2007 to 2013. James has played the Warriors each of the last three Christmases, losing the two games in Oakland (2015 and 2017) and winning the one in Cleveland (2016).
  6. These are two of the best shooting teams in the NBA. Golden State has shot 48.4 percent from the field this season, the best percentage in the league, while Los Angeles has shot 47.8 percent, the third-best mark this season.
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- LeBron James will make what has become a regular Christmas visit to the home of the reigning NBA champion when he leads his new team, the Los Angeles Lakers, against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.

The Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, led by James, have won the last four NBA titles, with the champion each of the first three times earning the right to host the runner-up in a rematch on Christmas.

But it's only half-true this year, with the NBA opting to invite James and his new team rather than the Cavaliers.

The Warriors beat the Cavaliers in their last two Christmas rematches in Oakland following their first two championships in 2015 and 2017. James had 20 and 25 points in those losses.

The Warriors had not yet signed Kevin Durant when they beat the Cavaliers 89-83 on Christmas of 2015, with Stephen Curry scoring 19 points and Klay Thompson 18.

After the Cavs beat the Warriors when the clubs met in Cleveland in 2016 -- because the Cavaliers had won the championship six months earlier -- the Warriors prevailed again at home last Christmas despite Curry sitting out with an injury. Kevin Durant (25 points) and Thompson (24) led the way.

The Warriors and Lakers are meeting for the first time since James moved west in the offseason. They currently sit second (Warriors, 23-11) and fourth (Lakers, 19-14) in the Western Conference standings, creating the possibility they will meet in the playoffs for the first time since 1991.

The last time the Warriors won a playoff series from the Lakers, Jerry West and Elgin Baylor were on the losing end of a 3-0 sweep in the 1967 Western semis when the opponent was known as the San Francisco Warriors.

The Warriors will take the floor Tuesday having won seven straight over the Lakers and having dominated them to the tune of 13-3 in the Steve Kerr era.

They are coming off two nail-biting home wins on back-to-back nights -- 120-116 over Dallas on Saturday and 129-127 over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

"It will be fun," Kerr said upon turning his attention to the Lakers after Sunday's win. "I love Christmas games, as long as they are at home. We are lucky we're at home."

The Lakers have lost three of their last four games, including a 107-99 defeat at home against Memphis on Sunday night.

They likely once again will be without center JaVale McGee, who has missed four straight games as he has battled pneumonia.

McGee felt good enough to make the trip north, and will receive his 2018 championship ring in a pregame ceremony.

A key contributor to the Warriors last season when he made nine playoff starts, McGee admitted Sunday he was just happy to be back at the arena and working up a sweat after being hospitalized.

"It felt good, man," he said of his pregame warmup, something he hopes to build upon Tuesday. "Just getting back to the routine. For the past eight, nine days, my routine has been laying in bed. And that's it. So it's real refreshing."

Updated December 25, 2018

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