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Curry’s Explosive 3rd Quarter Lifts Warriors Past Timberwolves, 117-107

MINNEAPOLIS (CBS SF/AP) — The Golden State Warriors climbed back atop the Western Conference standings after beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 117-107 on Tuesday evening. Stephen Curry’s explosive 22-point third quarter helped propel the team on the road.

Curry went 8 for 14 from 3-point range, pushing him past the 300 mark for the third time in four seasons. The Warriors had 39 assists on 44 made field goals and finished 19 for 42 from 3-point range in the wrap-up of a four-game trip. They’ve won 20 of their last 25 games away from home.

Klay Thompson pitched in with 28 points. Jonas Jerebko added 18 points off the bench, Kevin Durant scored 17 points and Draymond Green had 10 rebounds and nine assists for the Warriors (48-22), who bounced back from a loss at San Antonio on Monday and moved a half-game ahead of Denver (47-22) in the race for the top seed. The Nuggets were idle.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 26 points and 21 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins totaled 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists and Josh Okogie had 19 points for the Timberwolves, who played again without the injured Jeff Teague, Derrick Rose, Robert Covington and Luol Deng, and lost their fourth straight game.

The Warriors, finishing their ninth set of games on consecutive nights out of 12 back-to-backs on their schedule this season, started rather sleepily and watched the Wolves build a 22-9 lead. Curry’s lob pass to Andrew Bogut on one possession during that stretch turned into a missed dunk.

The beauty of the Warriors — or irritation, depending on the rooting interest — is how quickly they can recover. They used a 21-3 run over the next 5:51 to take control, with their long-range shooting simply too much for this undermanned Wolves team that, even at full strength, is vulnerable defensively.

Jerebko, whose playing time has dwindled since DeMarcus Cousins returned, had 14 points in the second quarter alone, including a couple of deep 3-pointers from the wing to help the Warriors cruise into halftime with a 59-47 lead.

The Wolves managed to work their way back to tie the game at 61 on Okogie’s 3-pointer, but the Warriors needed only 3:18 for a 14-1 spurt that put them right back in charge. Curry had eight of those points.

THE FINISH

The Timberwolves haven’t been above the .500 mark since they were 13-12, entering a four-game trip on Dec. 8. They dropped all four of those.

Of the eight stretches of three straight road games or more the Wolves had this season, they went winless five times. That included the three-game swing to Denver, Utah and Houston they finished on Sunday, losing by an average margin of 20.3 points. All three of those teams are all well on track to clinch spots in the playoffs in the coming days or weeks. That trip also took the Timberwolves into the final 15-game stretch of this tumultuous season, with 12 of those opponents currently above the cut for the playoffs.

The Warriors? They’ll only face a top-eight team in either conference four more times, with 12 games to go.

SPLISH SPLASH

Joining Houston’s James Harden, Curry gave the NBA two players with 300-plus 3-pointers made for the first time in the same season. Curry, who set the record of 402 three years ago, has five of the top seven single-season totals in league history.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Bogut started at center for Cousins (sore right ankle) for the second straight game and had two points and six rebounds in 13 minutes. Cousins is expected to play in the next game, coach Steve Kerr said.

With Curry, Bogut, Green and Thompson in the starting lineup at the same time, the Warriors have won 108 of 133 games. Jerebko reached double-digit points for the first time in 29 games, since Dec. 22 against Dallas (23 points).

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Warriors Announce Plans For Oakland Practice Facility After Move To SF

OAKLAND (KPIX) — The Golden State Warriors have big plans for their downtown Oakland practice facility after they move to the Chase Center in San Francisco next season, but the plans do not include playing there.

The team announced that the facility — which consists of two-and-a-half NBA-sized basketball courts and a warren of offices — would be converted into a community and health center and would house a series of Oakland nonprofits. The space will also continue to be used for Warriors youth basketball camps.

The center will be called Generation Thrive and is the product of a partnership between the Warriors Community Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. The nonprofits working within Generation Thrive will provide educational resources, college and career counseling, and health and wellness programs for underprivileged youths.

“We saw a real opportunity to re-purpose it in a way that would be a real demonstration of our ongoing commitment to Oakland and that’s what we got to announce today,” said Warriors team president Rick Welts.

Welts was joined onstage for the announcement by Warriors stars Stephen Curry and Shaun Livingston, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, and representatives from the Warriors Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.

“It’s an amazing opportunity to keep our footprint in Oakland and to do amazing things for the next generation of kids who look up to us,” said Curry.

Schaaf said the facility is a sign that the Warriors are committed to keeping a presence in Oakland.

“You heard it here first!” she told the crowd. “The Warriors are not leaving Oakland!”

But as the team approaches its final post-season in Oakland, there are still some hard feelings. Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan lashed out on Twitter Monday after Warriors player Klay Thompson suggested that the crowd at Oracle Arena lacked enthusiasm during Sunday night’s loss to the Phoenix Suns.

“Fans in Oakland were the loudest in the nation-then Warriors owners chose to ditch the fans for a location that is expensive and harder to get to,” she tweeted. “We didn’t abandon you Klay—owners abandoned us.”

As the Warriors were making their announcement about the new center, half a mile away on Al Attles Court in Oakland’s Chinatown, school children who were playing basketball said they were happy that there would be a new community center, but it’s not the same as having their heroes so close.

“It’s kind of sad they’re moving to SF,” said Genevieve Saechow.

Her friend, Ethan Chao agreed: “Once they leave, I don’t know. I won’t really feel like they’re part of Oakland anymore.”

Curry admitted, it will be a big change for Oakland.

“I mean, there’s no substitute for playing the actual games in Oakland,” Curry said. “But in terms of what they can look forward to in being a part of the organization, a lot of good is going to come out of this building.”

Generation Thrive is scheduled to open in early 2020. It will also have a satellite office in San Francisco.

Warriors Lose To Suns For The First Time Since 2014, 115-111

OAKLAND (CBS SF/AP) — The Golden State Warriors lost to the Phoenix Suns 115-111 on Sunday evening, snapping the NBA’s longest active losing streak to one opponent (18 games). The Suns hadn’t beat the Warriors since Nov. 9, 2014.

This was the Suns’ first road win in 20 tries against the Western Conference this season.

Klay Thompson’s two free throws with 1:04 to go made it 111-108. Andre Iguodala secured a rebound after two missed Suns shots but Stephen Curry missed on a 3 with 23 seconds left. Booker then converted two free throws.

Booker’s jumper with 5:01 to play put the Suns ahead, then he made it 102-98 on a 3-pointer at 4:45. Booker hit a fadeaway at the 4:04 mark then scored on a driving one-handed dunk after Phoenix pushed in transition after Curry’s turnover.

Kevin Durant had 25 points before leaving with a bruised right ankle midway through the fourth on a night his teammates struggled from near and far. The cold-shooting Warriors couldn’t overcome Booker’s late onslaught in losing to lowly Phoenix.

Booker was 13 for 23, made all nine of his free throws and also dished out 11 assists for the Suns in a back-to-back and their fourth win in five games.

Splash Brothers Curry and Thompson were a combined 16 of 42 — 8 of 30 on 3s after a 4-for-22 start — and the Warriors went 10 of 43 from beyond the arc.

Curry started 0 for 5 and missed his initial four 3-point tries before connecting from deep 4:35 before halftime and finished with 18 points on 6-of-20 shooting.

Thompson made his first four shots and appeared poised for another shooting gem to follow up his 39-point, nine 3-pointer performance in Friday’s 122-105 win against Denver. He still scored 28 points, going 10 of 22.

Kelly Oubre Jr. added 22 points with four 3s for the Suns, who held a 49-47 rebounding advantage.

Phoenix coach Igor Kokoskov knew limiting turnovers would be a key to the Suns staying in the game. They committed just eight but had a three-game winning streak snapped Saturday at Portland.

The Suns played only 21 hours, 30 minutes later with the Daylight Saving Time change.

The Warriors jumped to a 12-3 lead, getting a pair of quick 3s and a baseline drive and dunk from Thompson before a Phoenix timeout at the 7:56 mark. But Golden State’s lead was just 57-56 at halftime.

Draymond Green contributed 11 rebounds and eight assists. Thompson played his 600th career regular-season game — the 11th player in Warriors history to do so. His 102 postseason games are most ever for any Golden State player. He also had six of his team’s 16 turnovers.

PRACTICE FACILITY

On Monday, the Warriors will announce their plans for continuing to utilize the current practice facility in downtown Oakland at team headquarters after the franchise moves its operation across the bay to San Francisco before next season.

Part of it will include expanded opportunities and activities for youth basketball camps and further community outreach.

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Oakland Tech Senior Awarded 1st Curry Foundation Scholarship for Female Students

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — An Oakland Technical High School senior is the inaugural recipient of a $30,000 scholarship awarded by The Stephen & Ayesha Curry Family Foundation to college-bound female students from the Bay Area.

Riley Morrison, Stephen Curry and Vivian Wu

Riley Morrison, Stephen Curry and Vivian Wu. (SC30 Inc via Twitter)

The scholarship, which was awarded to Vivian Wu before Friday night’s Golden State Warriors basketball game, was inspired by 9-year-old Riley Morrison, who wrote the Warriors star a letter in November asking why his namesake Under Armour shoes weren’t available for girls on the Under Armour website.

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Curry responded to Riley’s inquiry vowing to address the issue and has since partnered with her on a new sneaker in which Riley designed the sock liner featuring two girls playing basketball.

The UA ICON Curry 6 United We Win colorway was released Friday to mark International Women’s Day. Riley’s sock liner design includes the phrases “Be Fearless,” “Girl Power,” “Be the Change,” “Girls Hoop Too” and “Rock the Currys.”

Proceeds from sales of the shoe will fund the annual scholarship to a student “who has shown an aptitude for overcoming adversity, catalyzing change within her community and demonstrating excellence in a STEM-related field of study.”

Wu has a 4.2 grade point average and has completed 300-plus hours of community service as an advocate for marginalized communities, including survivors of domestic violence, the foundation said on Twitter.

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Warriors Handed Worst Loss In Kerr Era By Celtics, 128-95

OAKLAND (CBS SF/AP) — The Golden State Warriors were handily defeated 128-95 at home by the Boston Celtics, marking the team’s worst defeat since Steve Kerr assumed the head coach position in 2014.

DeMarcus Cousins and Terry Rozier received double technicals with 8:44 to play. Cousins was called for his fifth foul on a charge drawn by Aron Baynes, then the fiery Warriors center stood over Baynes in clear frustration. Jayson Tatum bumped Cousins with his right arm and Cousins pushed back with some force, then Rozier entered the fray and he and Cousins traded shoves.

Boogie’s moment summed up an ugly evening of basketball by his team — and fans seeing their final season in the East Bay made a mad dash for the Oracle Arena exits in the closing minutes.

Stephen Curry provided a bright spot with 23 points and four 3-pointers on a night Splash Brother Klay Thompson sat out with soreness in his right knee.

Kevin Durant scored 18 points but committed five turnovers, while Cousins wound up with 10 points on 4-for-12 shooting — missing all five of his 3-point tries — and nine rebounds to go with four turnovers.

The Warriors, who had won the last two meetings with Boston, couldn’t overcome a lackluster first half in which they were outhsustled on both ends and faced a daunting 73-48 halftime deficit.

Tatum scored 17 points for the Celtics, who came in having lost five of six since the All-Star break.

Golden State missed its initial four shots and fell behind 11-0 as Boston started 5 of 7 before Curry’s jumper at 8:26. The Warriors made five straight shots and used a 12-2 burst to get right back in it.

Alfonzo McKinnie started in place of Thompson and contributed seven points in 17 minutes.

Shaun Livingston missed the game with neck spasms. Andre Iguodala, sporting a new look with his head completely shaved, played after dealing with lower back tightness. Kevon Looney missed a second straight game with right pelvic soreness.

McKinnie went through an extensive pregame warmup routine behind the scenes after he left against the 76ers with a bruised left hip. Golden State earned a winning road record for a sixth straight season. The Warriors added depth by recalling G Jacob Evans III from the G League Santa Cruz Warriors.

CHEERING CHIQUITA

Chiquita Evans became the first woman ever drafted into the NBA 2K League when Warriors Gaming selected her in the fourth round Tuesday night. A former college and semipro basketball player, Evans is now the esports league’s first female pro, one of the 126 players who will make between $33,000 to $37,000 per season, plus benefits and team housing.

“I think that’s really cool that she’s passionate and inspired and broke a barrier,” coach Steve Kerr said. “That’s awesome.”

Evans is now Bay Area-bound — and a lifelong fan of Durant.

“Pretty cool,” Golden State general manager Bob Myers said.

Durant, too, was thrilled.

“Esports has become a huge thing now,” he said. “More people who enjoy the game might get an opportunity to be professionals and make some money for themselves and make some money. I think it’s cool.”

Warriors Host Kids From Stoneman Douglas For Practice In Miami

MIAMI (CBS SF / AP) — Stephen Curry would ordinarily be getting off his feet as fast as possible after a morning shootaround practice, saving his legs for the looming game that night.

Wednesday, however, wasn’t ordinary.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr invited some students — including ones from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, the school in Parkland where 17 students and staff were killed in a massacre on Feb. 14, 2018 — into the Warriors’ game-morning practice in Miami. And long after the session was over, Curry was throwing alley-oop lobs and engaging in 3-point contests with kids who couldn’t believe they were hanging out with stars from the two-time defending NBA champions.

“You hate that you have these opportunities because of what happened at our school,” said Jeff Foster, a teacher and former coach at Stoneman Douglas. “But at the same time, it’s nice to have these contacts and meet people and coach Kerr has been at a few of the events with our kids … you’re always glad to sit around and talk to him, whether it’s about basketball or politics. And we just spent time doing both.”

While Kerr was chatting with teachers, some of the boys and girls got onto the court with the Warriors. Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Kevin Durant and Curry were among those who stuck around after shootaround for about an extra half-hour, posing for photos and talking about basketball.

“It’s special having them here,” Curry said as he watched the kids playing on the same court where the Warriors would visit the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. “They’ve done so much in the wake of the shooting, speaking out, using their platform that they have, the entire student body. They come to just have fun, enjoy themselves. I know that means a lot.”

Matt Fisher won’t forget it anytime soon.

Fisher is among the captains of Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ boys team, which lost its district championship game in quadruple-overtime and then fell in the first round of the state tournament. He plans to play college basketball at Division III’s Washington University in St. Louis next season, but if that doesn’t work out at least he can say he caught a lob from Curry for a dunk.

“This is just a surreal opportunity that I really appreciate,” said Fisher, who talked Curry into having a 3-point contest against him. It was briefly tied at 1-1 before Curry prevailed.

Kerr invited the students into the practice, and makes no secret about his desire for gun reform. Kerr was 18 when his father Malcolm, then president of American University of Beirut, was murdered. He’s followed the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and their “March For Our Lives” organization’s efforts closely.

“The fortunate thing is the young people leading this drive are going to be much more impactful than old people like me,” Kerr said. “It’s true. Older people have been trying to do something but they haven’t made the impact. But the next generation, the country belongs to them. So I’m really proud of what they’re doing.”

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Obama Joined By Curry To Tell Minority Boys ‘You Matter’

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama and Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry told a roomful of minority boys on Tuesday that they matter and urged them to make the world a better place.

Obama was in Oakland, California, to mark the fifth anniversary of My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative he started after the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The death of the African-American teen sparked protests over racial profiling.

The initiative was a call to communities to close opportunity gaps for minority boys, especially African-American, Latino and Native American boys, Obama said to roughly 100 boys attending the alliance’s first national gathering. The My Brother’s Keeper Alliance is part of the Obama Foundation.

“We had to be able to say to them, ‘you matter, we care about you, we believe in you and we are going to make sure that you have the opportunities and chances to move forward just like everybody else’,” Obama said.

Obama, who left office in 2013, was joined by basketball star Curry. The men spoke for about an hour, answering questions from the audience and joking around. They talked about lacking confidence or being aimless as teens.

Obama praised single mothers, including his own. He advised the boys to look for a mentor, and to find opportunities to guide others.

Curry joined the former president in praising the value of team-work.

“What we do on the court and the joy that comes out of that is second to none,” he said, “because nothing great is done by yourself.”

The former president cracked up the audience, and Curry, when asked a question about being a man. He said that being a man is about being a good person, someone who is responsible, reliable, hard-working and compassionate. Being a man, he said, is not about life as portrayed in some rap or hip-hop music.

“If you are very confident about your sexuality, you don’t have to have eight women around you twerking,” he said to applause. “‘Cause I’ve got one woman who I’m very happy with. And she’s a strong woman.”

Har reported from San Francisco.

Warriors’ Curry Loses NBA 3-Point Contest To Brooklyn’s Harris But Wins Family Bet

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) – Brooklyn’s Joe Harris held off Golden State’s Stephen Curry to win the 3-point contest at All-Star Saturday night.

Curry may have gotten second place, but he won a family bet.

Earlier, the Curry brothers levied a wager for their head-to-head competition in Saturday night’s 3-point contest: Whoever loses must buy tickets for the entire Curry family anytime they play against each other for the remainder of their NBA careers.

Stephen said Saturday before practice for the All-Star game that “the stakes are pretty high considering how many people show up for our games.”

Stephen, who won the 3-point competition in 2015, says he was motivated to win it again because he’s “knows for a fact” that everybody else in the Curry family –including his parents– was pulling for Seth.

Both players were hoping to do better than their father Dell Curry, who participated in the 3-point contest twice but never made it out of the first round. Seth, making his first appearance, says Dell advised them to “do a whole lot better than I did.”

Harris made 12 consecutive shots at one point in the final round on his way to a score of 26 points. Curry was second with 24 in the finals, and Sacramento’s Buddy Hield was third with 19 points.

The Warriors’ star made his first nine shots of the final round, then missed three of five shots from the top of the key.

Stephen Curry won the first round with 27 points out of a possible of 34. Hield was second with 26 points, and Harris finished with 25 to grab the last spot in the finals.

There were 10 players in the event, and seven went out in the first round.

Defending champion Devin Booker made his final seven shots but was eliminated in a tie for fourth with Danny Green with 23 points. The other competitors who did not advance: Dirk Nowitzki and Damian Lillard (17), Seth Curry (16), Kemba Walker (15) and Khris Middleton (11).

This is the second time Curry has lost the coveted 3-point contest. In 2016, he lost to teammate Klay Thompson.

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