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Curry returns, leads Warriors past Lakers, 109-103

Tuesday - 3/26/2013, 2:16am  ET

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant walks to the bench during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Monday, March 25, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

ANTONIO GONZALEZ
AP Sports Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Stephen Curry shifted the focus from his troublesome right ankle by putting the Golden State Warriors on firm footing in the Western Conference playoff chase.

Curry had 25 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds on the sprained ankle, and the Warriors held off the Los Angeles Lakers 109-103 on Monday night.

"I've been through a lot with the ankle," Curry said. "This year has been a new feeling."

Both in the Bay Area and in Southern California.

David Lee added 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Klay Thompson scored 22 points to propel the Warriors to a 25-point lead early in the third quarter in a matchup with huge playoff implications. Golden State (41-31) improved to a game ahead of idle Houston (39-31) and 4
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