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Moody scores 10 as Warriors even series vs. Lakers
Golden State Warriors' Moses Moody celebrates after his dunk against the Los Angeles Lakers at the end of the third quarter of Game 2 of an NBA basketball Western Conference semifinal game in San Francisco, Thursday, May 4, 2023. (Scott Strazzante/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
The Golden State Warriors evened their second-round Western Conference playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.
And former Arkansas standout Moses Moody performed well in his minutes in the Warriors’ 127-100 Game 2 home victory. The guard finished with 10 points on 3 of 9 from the field in 25:56 on the floor.
It marked the fourth time in Moody’s playoff career that he scored in double figures and the second time this postseason. He knocked down 2 of 3 three-point attempts, including one over Lakers star LeBron James late in the shot clock.
With Razorbacks coach Eric Musselman and director of basketball operations Michael Musselman in attendance, Moody also had 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block. Golden State was plus-4 with him in the lineup.
“Moses is a true professional,” former Warriors guard Juan Toscano-Anderson said on NBC Sports Bay Area. “If one day I ever have kids, I would love for my kids to grow up and be like him. The way he comes to work every day, the way he conducts himself, I’m not surprised by his performance.
“That’s impressive. I’m most impressed by the seven rebounds. That’s big-time.”
Moody scored the final four points in the Warriors’ big 43-point third quarter. James fouled the guard on a three-pointer with 3.7 seconds remaining and he made two free throws.
After a turnover by Los Angeles forward Anthony Davis, Moody added a dunk with 2.2 seconds left following a basket cut on a baseline-out-of-bounds play. The bucket put Golden State ahead 110-80 entering the fourth quarter and handed Warriors guard Steph Curry his 12th assist of the game.
In the fourth quarter, Moody hit a left-corner three to push him into double figures. Later, he blocked a three-point look by Lakers guard Malik Beasley.
Moody was 1 of 7 from the field in the fourth quarter.
Game 3 of the series is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Central on Saturday. The game will air on ABC from Los Angeles.
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