Lakers vs. Warriors live score, updates, highlights from 2021 NBA play-in tournament

LeBron James and Stephen Curry have shown a healthy respect for each other ahead of Wednesday night’s play-in game between the Lakers and Warriors. When it comes down to it, though, both guys know that they must go through each other in order to secure a playoff spot.

At the conclusion of the 2020-21 regular season, James called Curry “the MVP of our league.” Curry appreciated the praise from James, but he isn’t letting his guard down against the defending champions.

“We all know as competitors, though, when the lights are on, I can talk about how great he is until I’m blue in the face. And he can do the same. It doesn’t change how we approach that competition when we’re out there,” Curry said Tuesday. “I won’t be giving him a pass because he likes the way I play this year and vice versa.”

Can Curry continue his impressive season and guide Golden State to the No. 7 seed? Or will the Lakers be the first Western Conference play-in team to enter the playoff bracket? 

Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Lakers vs. Warriors. Follow along here for complete results from the NBA play-in tournament game.

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Lakers vs. Warriors score

Play-in game Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Lakers 22
Warriors 28

Lakers vs. Warriors live updates, highlights from NBA play-in game

(All times Eastern)

10:55 p.m. — Give the Warriors credit. They are simply playing with more energy and aggression than the Lakers.

10:45 p.m. — The Lakers’ offense is looking rough. They are 8-of-29 from the field and 4-of-12 from 3-point range as a team. 

End of first quarter: Warriors 28, Lakers 22

10:35 p.m. — Draymond Green gets just a little bit too chatty with the officiating crew and picks up a technical foul. 

10:30 p.m. — LeBron James and Anthony Davis are a combined 1-of-8 from the field so far, yet the Lakers only trail by four points. Davis in particular has been struggling to get to his spots with Draymond Green harassing him all over the floor.

10:20 p.m. — A terrific start for Golden State. The Warriors rattle off a quick 12-4 run, forcing Lakers coach Frank Vogel to call a timeout.

10:15 p.m. — Let’s do this. The Lakers win the opening tip, but Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins scores the first points of the game.

9:55 p.m. — And Los Angeles’ starting five: Dennis Schroder, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Andre Drummond.

9:50 p.m. — Golden State’s starting five: Stephen Curry, Kent Bazemore, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green and Kevon Looney.

9:35 p.m. — Stephen Curry is just getting up some logo shots. You know, totally normal shooting range.

9:25 p.m. — Lakers coach Frank Vogel tells reporters that everyone is available, a welcome update for Los Angeles considering the team has been dealing with injury issues for most of the season.

Lakers vs. Warriors start time

  • Start time: 10 p.m. ET | 7 p.m. PT
  • TV channel: ESPN
  • Live stream: Watch ESPN | fuboTV

Warriors vs. Lakers is scheduled to start at 10 p.m. ET live on ESPN. You can live stream the game via Watch ESPN or the Watch ESPN app.

Play-in games on ESPN can also be streamed on fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.

NBA play-in tournament schedule

May 18

Game (play-in) Time (ET) National TV
Hornets vs. Pacers 6:30 p.m. TNT
Wizards vs. Celtics 9 p.m. TNT

May 19

Game (play-in) Time (ET) National TV
Spurs vs. Grizzlies 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Warriors vs. Lakers 10 p.m. ESPN

May 20

Game (play-in) Time (ET) National TV
Pacers vs. Wizards 8 p.m. TNT

May 21

Game (play-in) Time (ET) National TV
Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser TBD ESPN

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