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Warriors Lose To Spurs 104-92, Finish Road Trip 0-3

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and 18 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs fended off a late rally to beat short-handed Golden State 104-92 on Sunday night, extending the Warriors’ skid to three games.

Kevin Durant scored 26 points and Klay Thompson had 25 for Golden State, which is 2-5 since an eight-game winning streak.

DeMar DeRozan had 20 points and Rudy Gay added 19 to help San Antonio snap a three-game slide.

The Warriors were without injured starters Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, and their absence led to a cold start. Three nights after being held to a season-low output in a 107-86 loss at Houston, the two-time defending NBA champions nearly matched that dubious mark.

San Antonio jumped out to a 33-27 lead in the first quarter as Gay scored 12 points in the opening period.

The Spurs frustrated the Warriors offensively for much of the game. After quickly regaining an errant pass on their end of the court in the third quarter, Durant passed up a 3-pointer to fire a pass in the lane to Damian Jones only to have Gay stuff him at the rim.

San Antonio finished with five blocked shots.

Golden State’s lone lead came when Andre Iguodala made a pair of free throws to put the Warriors ahead 46-45 with 3:47 remaining in the second quarter. The lead lasted a minute before the Spurs closed the first half on an 11-2 run.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Curry missed his sixth straight game with a strained left groin. Golden State is 2-4 without him.

Green missed his second consecutive game with a strained right toe. Warriors coach Steve Kerr got a technical foul 47 seconds into the second quarter after protesting a foul on Jonas Jerebko.

Durant was called for a technical after complaining about a non-call on his first field goal attempt of the second half.

Spurs: Aldridge has 202 games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds since 2006. LeBron James has 203 such games during that same span.

Pau Gasol missed his sixth straight game with a sore left foot. Davis Bertans sat out as he remains in the league’s concussion protocol.

UP NEXT

Warriors: Host Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.

Spurs: At New Orleans on Monday night.

Warriors Fall Short; Doncic Leads Dallas Over Golden State

DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 24 points, including a short jumper that gave Dallas the lead for good, and the Mavericks beat the Golden State Warriors 112-109 on Saturday night.

Golden State played without starters Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, but led by eight in the second half before the Mavs rallied.

Doncic hit a 10-footer in the lane with 1:10 left to put Dallas up 109-108, then sealed the game with two free throws with seven seconds remaining.

Kevin Durant scored 32 points, but only three in the fourth quarter on 1-for-7 shooting. Klay Thompson added 22 for the two-time defending champion Warriors. Durant missed two shots and Thompson one in the final minute, all of which could have either tied the game or put Golden State ahead.

Harrison Barnes had 23 points for the Mavericks, who have won five of six. It was just the second time Dallas has beaten Golden State in their past 19 meetings, the other coming on Dec. 30, 2015 — one of only nine games the Warriors lost that regular season.

Golden State has lost four of six and dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season.

An 8-0 Mavs run early in the fourth quarter, capped by Dwight Powell’s three-point play, gave Dallas its first lead since early in the third quarter, 93-92, with 9:18 to play.

Jonas Jerebko hit a 3-pointer to regain the lead for Golden State, then Thompson made a short jumper and a 3 for a 100-96 lead. But the Mavericks hung tough and Dorian Finney-Smith’s fast-break layup put Dallas back up 107-106 with 1:45 remaining.

Dallas, a 76 percent free throw-shooting team for the season, struggled in going 22 of 34 at the line, but Doncic came through when it mattered most.

Without Curry (left groin strain) and Green (right toe sprain), the Warriors got valuable contributions from reserves Quinn Cook and Damion Lee, the latter playing on a two-way contract. Cook scored 15 points and Lee a season-high 13.

Lee had 11 first-half points, the same amount he had scored in 24 minutes of action all season prior to Saturday.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said before the game he wouldn’t hesitate to insert either of his two-way contract players “to give us some juice,” and Lee entered late in the first quarter. His 3 with 1:42 left in the quarter marked the first points scored by a Warriors player other than Durant or Thompson.

Lee added eight more, including two 3s, in a 22-11 second-quarter run that gave Golden State a 44-37 lead. The Warriors led 59-57 at halftime.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Kerr and Durant received technical fouls for protesting when Durant was called for traveling after being bumped in a Mavericks double-team with 1:01 left in the first quarter. Barnes’ ensuing free throws gave Dallas its biggest lead, 26-18. … Kerr said Green would “almost for sure” miss the team’s game Sunday at San Antonio and then be re-evaluated before the Warriors host Oklahoma City on Wednesday. … Curry said he was hopeful he would return to action later this month as he continues his rehab.

Mavericks: Wesley Matthews missed his second game in the past three with a left hamstring strain. He played 20 minutes Wednesday against the Jazz. … Dennis Smith Jr., a 2018 Slam Dunk Contest finalist, had an embarrassing moment in the first quarter when he missed an uncontested breakaway attempt. He went up two-handed and slammed it hard off the back rim.

UP NEXT

Warriors: Finish their three-game Texas trip Sunday at the Spurs.

Mavericks: At Memphis on Monday, the Mavericks’ only road game in a five-game stretch.

Warriors’ Draymond Green Out Against Mavericks With Sprained Toe

DALLAS (AP) — Golden State’s Draymond Green will miss the game against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night with a recurrence of a right toe injury.

It will be the second time in three games that Green has been sidelined. The volatile forward was suspended for a game by the team following a testy exchange with Kevin Durant at the end of regulation in an overtime loss at the Los Angeles Clippers.

Green was suspended for the Warriors’ win at home against Atlanta before returning in a loss at Houston. Green has already missed two games with a right toe sprain after getting injured against Memphis on Nov. 5.

Golden State also will be without star guard Stephen Curry for the fifth straight game. Curry has a strained left groin.

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Warriors: Green Not Apologizing, He And Durant Moving On

HOUSTON (AP) — Draymond Green isn’t apologizing for his part in a dustup with Kevin Durant that led to a one-game suspension by the Golden State Warriors.

But Green vowed Thursday that the Warriors are not imploding, regardless of whatever is, or isn’t happening, following the heated exchange between he and Durant in Monday night’s overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Green said he and Durant have spoken and that they’re “moving forward.”

The Warriors forward spoke on Thursday for the first time since the incident. He opened his session with reporters by saying: “I’m going to speak on this one time and one time only,” and refused to take any questions about it after he was done.

“I think there’s no secret that I am an emotional player,” he said. “I wear my emotions on my sleeve. I play with that same emotion. Sometimes they get the best of me. And (if) it doesn’t work to my favor I’m going to live with that.”

He continued by saying that the passionate way he plays the game has led him to much success in his career.

“It works in my favor to the good as my resume speaks and this team’s resume speaks more so than it doesn’t,” he said. “So I’m never going to change who I am.”

In the closing seconds of regulation during Monday’s 121-116 overtime loss on the road to the Clippers, Green secured a rebound and, with Durant calling for the ball, instead dribbled the length of the court into traffic and lost control as the Warriors failed to get a shot off. Durant was shown on camera visibly upset immediately afterward.

Then, back on the bench waiting for the extra period to begin, the two traded words and gestured with Klay Thompson seated between them and Andre Iguodala, DeMarcus Cousins and others trying to calm the situation.

It wasn’t the first time Durant and Green have been involved in a verbal altercation. In another overtime loss, 109-106 at Sacramento on Feb. 4, 2017, they shouted at each other and argued near the bench.

Coach Steve Kerr confirmed that Green and Durant have spoken but refused to divulge any details.

“I can tell you that I am extremely confident in this team’s ability to get through any adversity,” he said.

Kerr said he’s also talked to Green about the incident but that he wanted to keep what was said private. However, he did rave about Green and what he’s done for the Warriors in his seven seasons with the team.

“We’ve been through too much together,” Kerr said. “We’ve won championships. We’ve lost a Game 7 in the Finals. We’ve had all kinds of ups and downs and I know Draymond’s got a huge heart. He’s a champion. He’s a winner and he’s so passionate that at times he can go over the edge. He always comes back and I know he’s going to come back and he’ll be his usual competitive, passionate self and we’re going to move on.”

Green, 28, seemed amused by stories that have been written and sports commentators who have wondered if the discord between he and Durant will cause the former league MVP not to re-sign with the Warriors next year, or if it will ruin the team’s chances of winning its third straight title.

“What you must know is that nobody in this organization from a player, not myself, not Kevin, not anybody else is going to beat us,” Green said. “So if you one of them other 29 teams in this league you got to beat us. We not going to beat us. We going to continue to do what we do and I’m sorry if that ruins everybody’s stories. I know everybody got a job to do. I apologize for ruining y’all’s stories if it did.”

Green, who is averaging 7.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.4 assists this season, went on to say that he believes dealing with this situation will galvanize the team and make it even better in the future.

“If this only makes Kevin, myself and the rest of my teammates stronger, that’s what it’s going to do,” he said. “So you think you saw something before, good luck with us now. …. We’re not going to crumble off of an argument. We (are) going to move forward.”

Curry Will Miss Warriors Swing Through Texas

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry won’t play during Golden State’s three-game Texas road trip as he recovers from a left groin strain, though he is traveling with the Warriors.

The team traveled Wednesday to Houston, where the two-time defending NBA champions will play Thursday night. They have games Saturday at Dallas and Sunday at San Antonio.

Curry was injured during a Nov. 8 game against the Milwaukee Bucks and has been sidelined the past three games. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated in 10 days. The team says he continues to be monitored by the medical staff as he rehabs from his latest injury.

The two-time MVP played in only 51 regular-season games last season because of a left knee injury and a sprained right ankle. He returned from the knee injury for Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals after sitting out the first round of the playoffs.

Curry, 30, is averaging 29.5 points, 6.1 assists and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 49.2 percent from 3-point range.

Kevin Durant: ‘I’m Not Trying To Give Nobody No Headlines’

OAKLAND (CBS SF/AP) — The Golden State Warriors were set to fly into Houston Wednesday, hoping to put behind them a heated confrontation between stars Kevin Durant and Draymond Green.

Good luck with that. The media — both traditional and online social — was still abuzz over the incident Wednesday morning and would be following the team’s every move in Texas.

Green was suspended without pay for Tuesday night’s win over Atlanta after a delivering a verbal blast directed at Durant in the closing moments of regulation in an overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night.

He was not at Tuesday night’s game and has not commented on the incident. After the Atlanta game, Durant was careful with his responses to the media and seem to still be angered by the outburst.

When asked how the team was able to focus on Atlanta and not the off-court buzz, Durant said: “Once the ball tips, nothing else matters. That’s the approach that everybody takes, every time they step on the floor.”

When asked if he and Draymond had been able to hash anything out, Durant answered with a terse “No… I’m sure it (a talk between the two) will happen. We have a long season ahead.”

“I’m going to keep that in house,” when asked if Green’s verbal blast crossed the line. “That’s what we do here. Obviously you guys (the media) have a job to do, but I’m not trying to give nobody no headlines. What happened, happened. We are just trying to move on and just trying to play basketball.”

He did admit if was strange playing without Green.

“His presence has been a part of this team for a while even before I got here,” he said. “He’s been a huge staple in this organization.”

Backup point guard Quinn Cook likened the dispute as dust up between brothers.

“We all love each other, said Cook who was filling in for the injured Steph Curry Tuesday night. “We’re with each other every day for nine months. Brothers are going to fight and brothers are going to get into it,” Cook said. “I think the biggest thing, we know the common goal, we know what’s at stake.”

Meanwhile, General Manager Bob Myers was also quick to point out that every team has issues during the season.

“It’s hard to win a championship,” he said before Tuesday night’s game. ” You can’t allow anything else in your locker room, in the narrative. This team has done a good job of that,” Myers said. “I know it may appear as if it’s looked easy over the last however many years. It’s not. If you’re in our locker room, if you’re in our organization, it’s hard.”

“And so they’ll get through it, and we’ll keep moving. Hopefully we get to the finals and win a championship. That’s all anybody’s thinking about, because I think that’s all you can think about. That’s something that we’re going to keep doing. This team has proven that they will do that and continue to do that and have done that.”

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Clippers Snap Home Skid Against Warriors With 121-116 OT Win

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lou Williams scored 10 of his 25 points in overtime after the Clippers blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter, and Los Angeles hung on Monday night to beat the Golden State Warriors at home for the first time in nearly four years, 121-116.

Williams rallied after missing shots in the closing minutes of regulation, when the Warriors ran off 11 straight points to force overtime tied at 106-all.

Montrezl Harrell added 23 points off the bench and rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 18.

The Clippers snapped a seven-game skid against the Warriors at Staples Center, where they last won on Dec. 25, 2014.

Kevin Durant had 33 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the Warriors before fouling out with 3:46 left in the extra session. Klay Thompson added 31 points, but was just 5 of 16 on 3-pointers on a night without injured fellow Splash Brother Stephen Curry.

Golden State lost for just the third time in 14 games.

The starless Clippers improved to 6-1 at home.

Thompson’s 3-pointer tied it 116-all in overtime, interrupting Williams’ run of 10 straight points for the Clippers.

Down 106-95, the Warriors closed regulation on an 11-0 run, with Thompson scoring their last eight points. His second 3-pointer in the spurt tied it at 106.

The Clippers crashed the boards — every player grabbed at least one — and they dominated in the paint, 62-36.

Williams’ 3-pointer gave Los Angeles its largest lead of 101-87. They didn’t go up by double digits until Harrell’s basket to open the fourth.

The Clippers shot 60 percent and led 64-61 at halftime. They controlled the boards, 23-13, and owned a 30-18 edge in the paint.

Durant scored 21 points and had three fouls in the half for the Warriors.

TIP-INS

Warriors: They fell to 39-60 in regular-season games without Curry (left groin strain), who missed his second straight game. … F Draymond Green returned to the lineup after sitting out two games with a right foot-toe sprain. … G Shaun Livingston was back after being out seven games with right foot soreness. … They haven’t left California during a seven-game stretch that concludes Tuesday.

Clippers: Hall of Famer Bill Russell sat courtside with owner Steve Ballmer.

UP NEXT

Warriors: Host Atlanta on Tuesday in the second game of a back-to-back, their third of the season.

Clippers: Host San Antonio on Thursday, their second straight division-leading opponent.

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Warriors’ Curry Has Mild To Moderate Left Groin Strain

OAKLAND (AP) — Stephen Curry has a mild to moderate left groin strain and will miss Golden State’s home game against Brooklyn on Saturday night.

Curry underwent an MRI exam Friday but the Warriors will wait a few days to fully determine the severity of the injury. Coach Steve Kerr said it doesn’t appear to be significant.

“This doesn’t look like it’s going to be a long-term injury. He’s disappointed but it could have been a lot worse,” Kerr said. “We’ll just monitor his progress over the next several days.”

The two-time NBA MVP was hurt midway through the third quarter of Thursday night’s 134-111 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Curry grabbed at his inner thigh after trying to contest Eric Bledsoe’s shot in transition at the 6:50 mark of the third.

The 30-year-old Curry has been averaging 29.5 points, 6.1 assists and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 49.2 percent from 3-point range.

Curry scored 10 points Thursday in his second straight game below 20 after getting at least 23 in every game previously — including five 30-point performances and a 51-point outing in three quarters. He dished out six assists in 26 minutes.

“He’s a little bummed out,” Kerr said.

The Warriors won’t take a chance with him at this early stage of the season.

Curry hurt his left knee March 23 just as he had come back from a six-game absence with a right ankle injury. He also missed 11 games in December with a sprained right ankle.

Curry missed the first round of the playoffs then returned for Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Pelicans as the Warriors went on to win a second straight championship and third title in four years.

Quinn Cook, who filled in last season when Curry was hurt for a long stretch, will start against the Nets. He was promoted from the G League as a two-way player and received a two-year contract ahead of the playoff run.

“For me to start a lot last year late and play big playoff games … that did a lot for our confidence,” Cook said. “Just staying ready, you’ve just always got to work — come in early, stay late.”

Fellow All-Star Draymond Green also will miss Saturday’s game, the second straight game that he’ll be sidelined by a sprained right foot and toe. Key reserve guard Shaun Livingston missed his sixth straight game and eighth in the last 10 with a sore right foot, but was able to do some scrimmaging Friday. He will have to do that several times before Kerr is ready to put him back on the floor in a game.

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Curry, Durant Lead the Way in Warriors’ 7th Straight Win

OAKLAND (AP) — Kevin Durant had 33 points and 13 rebounds, Stephen Curry contributed 28 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-99 on Friday night for their seventh straight win.

Klay Thompson scored 22 points and hit consecutive 3-pointers 50 seconds apart early in the fourth quarter to put Golden State ahead 91-89 with 10:17 to play. Draymond Green then got back-to-back baskets, one helped by goaltending.

Derrick Rose played five minutes in the first quarter and scored three points, then didn’t return because of left ankle soreness — two nights after the 2011 MVP scored a career-high 50 points in a victory against Utah.

“Amazing story just in terms of what he’s been through,” Curry said of Rose’s feat. “It’s great for him, comeback story all about opportunity, believing in yourself.”

Andrew Wiggins led the Timberwolves with 22 points. Minnesota was outrebounded 61-39.

Jimmy Butler scored 21 for Minnesota after sitting out Wednesday to rest. Tyus Jones also returned and had eight points on 3-for-11 shooting after missing the win over the Jazz because of a sore right foot.

Durant made his first six shots, and eight of the initial 11 he took, on the way to 20 points in the first half. Green had seven of his 11 assists by the 4:40 mark of the opening quarter and has 61 assists over the past six games. He also had nine points and nine boards.

Alfonzo McKinnie added eight points and eight rebounds off the bench in the Warriors’ fifth straight home victory against the T-Wolves.

Both teams shot 50 percent or better in the first quarter.

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: Six players made a 3-pointer in the first half. … Minnesota is 0-4 on the road, three of those vs. the Western Conference. … The Timberwolves haven’t won at Oracle Arena since April 5, 2016, and have dropped 20 of the last 24 meetings against Golden State.

Warriors: Had their six-game streak of scoring 120 points or more snapped. … Andre Iguodala shot 1 for 6. … G Shaun Livingston missed his fourth straight game with soreness in his right foot. Golden State coach Steve Kerr listed Livingston as day-to-day. … Golden State had 31 assists after dishing out a season-best 39 on Wednesday.

COUSINS UPDATE

Golden State center DeMarcus Cousins has been scrimmaging full court 4-on-4 — the Warriors don’t have the bodies to go 5-on-5, Kerr said — and he is moving well and his shot looks strong as he recovers from surgery for a torn left Achilles.

Yet that doesn’t mean Cousins will be in games anytime soon.

“I love how far he’s come, but I don’t want people to get the idea that he’s getting close to coming back,” Kerr said. “It’s still going to be some time.”

UP NEXT

Warriors: Host Memphis on Monday, having won the last three meetings at home.

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Curry Still Scorching As Warriors Win 6th Straight Over Pelicans

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry had 37 points for his sixth 30-point game of the season, and the Golden State Warriors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 131-121 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight win.

Curry had seven 3-pointers and nine assists, Kevin Durant added 24 points and eight assists, and Draymond Green contributed 16 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for his first double-double of the season. Green has 50 assists in the last five games and is a big reason the Warriors are passing so well this season. They finished with a season-high 39 assists.

Anthony Davis returned from a two-game absence with a sprained right elbow and had 17 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for the Pelicans, who lost a five-game Western Conference semifinal to Golden State last postseason.

Klay Thompson scored 18 points with one 3-pointer for the Warriors two days after setting an NBA record with 14 3s and scoring 52 in a blowout road win against the Bulls.

Curry scored 16 points in the third quarter with four 3s. He wound up 12 for 20 and 7 of 11 from deep.

Two-time defending champion Golden State’s lone loss came in the third game of the season by two points at Denver on Oct. 21.

Jrue Holiday had 28 points and nine assists while Nikola Mirotic added 26 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans, which has a quick turnaround playing at Portland on Thursday night. The Pelicans lost their third straight.

The Warriors had 12 assists on 16 baskets with five 3-pointers in their 43-point first quarter.

MOMENT OF SILENCE

A moment of silence was held before the game for San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, who died Wednesday at age 80.

“For me, Willie McCovey represents a major figure from my childhood,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who grew up a Dodgers fan. “Hearing Vin Scully talking about Willie McCovey and the Dodger/Giant rivalry. I’m well aware of how beloved Willie was here in the Bay Area and by the Giants family. We extend our condolences to Willie’s family and to the Giants family. Everybody here with the Warriors is thinking about them tonight.”

LET’S GET TROPICAL!

During his sharp-shooting barrage against Chicago, Thompson was forced to wear a large yellow headband over a cut on his forehead, and he joked after the game he looked like Jackie Moon, Will Ferrell’s character from the movie “Semi-Pro.” Thompson then arrived to the arena Wednesday dressed as Moon in a Flint Tropics jersey for Halloween.

TIP-INS

Pelicans: The Pelicans were outrebounded 46-42. … Elfrid Payton missed his second straight game with a sprained right ankle. … New Orleans lost each of its previous two games scoring 111 points, against Utah and Denver. … The Pelicans have lost 28 of 31 overall to Golden State including playoffs. … New Orleans won 126-120 at Oracle Arena on April 7 to snap a 10-game losing streak on Golden State’s home floor.

Warriors: Reserve G Shaun Livingston missed his third straight game with soreness in his right foot. The MRI was clear, coach Steve Kerr said, “but we are going to be very careful with Shaun.” Kerr also plans to take every precaution with fellow veteran Andre Iguodala because “we want both guys to be fresh and ready to roll for the playoffs.” … Three Golden State starters had two fouls by early in the second quarter — Curry, Green and Damian Jones. … The Warriors played at home on Halloween for the first time since hosting Phoenix on Oct. 31, 2000.

UP NEXT

Pelicans: At Trail Blazers on Thursday.

Warriors: Host Timberwolves on Friday seeking a fifth straight home win in the series.