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Lakers vs. Warriors final score: Warriors squeak by hot-shooting Lakers, 108-105

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The Lakers hung around with the Warriors for most of the game, but couldn't execute down the stretch in their third straight loss

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers gave a worthy effort Monday night against the NBA's best team, but ultimately fell short, dropping a 108-105 contest to the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.

The game between the no. 1 and no. 14 seeds in the Western Conference was closer and more entertaining than expected. The Lakers remained within single digits of the Warriors for the entirety of the second half, eventually tying Golden State at 95 with 4:41 remaining.

From there, the Warriors took over. Klay Thompson hit a three to spearhead a 7-0 run bolstered by three Laker turnovers, and Golden State never looked back. Los Angeles had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer, but Draymond Green poked the ball out of bounds before Wes Johnson could toss up a half-court heave.

The Lakers were in position to win at the end of the game thanks to a some hot shooting at the beginning. They put up 30 points in the first quarter on 12-of-19 shooting, including four long midrange jumpers. It was a free-flowing game for much of the first half as the purple and gold embraced the Warriors' pace and found some good looks in semi-transition. Unfortunately, that faster pace was accompanied by an onslaught of turnovers. L.A. gave away the ball 14 times in the first half and 19 total, resulting in 20 points for the other guys.

Jordan Clarkson once again gave Laker fans promise for the future as he more than held his own with Steph Curry. Clarkson finished with 17 points and six rebounds and coaxed Curry into some bad shots, including a missed isolation three at the end of the game that almost gave Los Angeles some life.

Alas, it wasn't enough against a Warriors team that appeared to be coasting for much of the first 40 minutes. Golden State maintains the best record in the league, and the Lakers remain in fourth place in the tank standings. They face Utah next this Thursday.