Stephen Curry scores 34 factors, leads Warriors previous Nets
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) With the beginning of the playoffs simply greater than a month away, the defending champions are nonetheless looking for consistency for 48 minutes.
No person is overly involved. Not but. Not with this famous person roster able to scoring in bunches even after the mind-boggling stretches on each ends which can be removed from fairly.
Stephen Curry scored 34 factors with six Three-pointers, and the Golden State Warriors gained their sixth straight because the All-Star break by beating the Brooklyn Nets 114-101 on Tuesday night time.
”Proper now you possibly can just about scent the playoffs coming,” Curry stated. ”I believe we perceive that we’re a gifted group and we’ve championship pedigree. We perceive what it takes to win a championship however you possibly can’t simply activate the change of each single element that wants to enter being the group we need to be come April. So, sufficient speaking actually about that, it’s simply going out and really doing it and executing and constructing these habits and the best expectation night time in, night time out to get ourselves prepared for 5 weeks from now.”
Kevin Durant added 19 factors and 6 rebounds because the Warriors reached 50 wins for the fifth straight season.
”I didn’t count on to return out blazing provided that we have been coming off the journey and a pair days off,” coach Steve Kerr stated.
D’Angelo Russell had 22 factors for the Nets, who hung powerful via three quarters however couldn’t final. They misplaced by three factors on the Clippers on Sunday.
Curry positive didn’t appear to be slowed down a bit after the two-time MVP tweaked his troublesome proper ankle Friday at Atlanta. He was high quality at follow Monday after two days off. Curry scored 11 straight factors throughout a 25-Zero run that turned a 14-10 deficit right into a 35-14 lead late within the opening quarter.
The Nets got here roaring again in a chilly, 13-point second quarter by Golden State and took a 53-48 lead into halftime. The Warriors shot 6 for 18 within the second.
”One of the best group on the planet,” Russell stated. ”They battle a bit of bit after which they determine it out after which they assault it.”
Draymond Inexperienced’s Three-pointer from the highest with 9:43 to play put the Warriors up 93-81. Inexperienced wound up with 16 factors, 9 assists and 5 rebounds whereas committing six turnovers.
Klay Thompson struggled to search out his capturing contact early, scoring 18 factors and at last making his first Three-pointer with Three:55 to play. He dished out 5 assists.
Thompson wants two extra Three-pointers to succeed in 200 or extra 3s for the sixth straight time, which might tie Curry for an NBA file of most such seasons with 200 or extra 3s – and likewise for doing it in successive years. Ray Allen has the second-most seasons with 200-plus 3s in NBA historical past at 5.
Warriors rookie ahead Jordan Bell landed awkwardly on his proper ankle and sprained it attempting to dam a shot by Russell with eight.four seconds left within the third and hobbled to the bench, grimacing in ache. X-rays have been detrimental and the damage wasn’t thought-about critical.
Bell, who scored 5 early factors, had simply made a one-game look with Santa Cruz within the G League. He lately missed 14 video games with a left ankle damage.
Curry turned the seventh participant in Warriors historical past to make 5,000 profession discipline targets. The others: Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry, Chris Mullin, Paul Arizin, Jeff Mullins and Nate Thurmond.
Nets: Brooklyn allowed Golden State to attain 28 factors off the Nets’ 16 turnovers. … After making 19 of 45 Three-pointers – going eight for 15 within the fourth quarter – whereas squandering a 118-110 lead with Three:11 left to the Clippers, the Nets struggled from deep this time at 9 for 34. … C Jahlil Okafor, who was obtainable Sunday however didn’t play after lacking 5 video games with the flu, once more didn’t see motion.
Warriors: C David West missed the sport with a cyst in his proper arm. … Andre Iguodala went over 13,000 factors for his profession. … Golden State gained a sixth straight vs. Brooklyn and likewise sixth consecutive at Oracle. … The Warriors are 23-Three in opposition to the Jap Convention, together with 10-2 at residence.
JaVale McGee had 12 factors and 5 rebounds making his sixth straight begin rather than Zaza Pachulia and the Warriors improved to 10-Zero this season in video games when he’s out for the opening tipoff.
Kerr made the change however isn’t committing for the lengthy haul.
”Nothing is ready in stone at that place,” he stated. ”JaVale has achieved a great job. We sort of performed middle by committee right here for some time now and there’s no telling how the rotations will work. It’s primarily based on matchups and primarily based on how issues are going, however I’ll undoubtedly lean on all these guys in some unspecified time in the future.”
Kerr has favored Pachulia’s manufacturing off the bench but will proceed to go together with rotations primarily based on matchups.
Nets: At Charlotte on Thursday.
Warriors: Host Spurs on Thursday, going for a fourth straight win in opposition to San Antonio after 122-105 residence victory Feb. 10.