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Warriors woe as Curry suffers broken hand

Golden State Warrior star Stephen Curry grimaces after he was injured in the second half of their 121-110 loss to the Phoenix Suns at Chase Center arena

The Golden State Warriors crumbling dynasty was dealt another jackhammer blow on Wednesday when superstar Stephen Curry suffered a broken hand against the Phoenix Suns.

Curry sustained the injury with 8:31 left in the third quarter as he drove to the rim and collided with Suns Aron Baynes in a one-sided 121-110 loss to Phoenix.

“Stephen Curry has a broken hand,” the Warrior public relations department confirmed in a tweet.

Baynes ended up landing awkwardly on top of Curry, who stayed on the ground for a few moments holding his wrist and then got up and tried to shake off the pain.

He attempted to stay in the game before the Warriors called a timeout and Curry walked over to the bench and left for the locker room with the Suns dominating on the scoreboard.

The loss of Curry for an extended period now leaves the Warriors as a shadow of their recent championship teams.

A mix of superstars, supporting cast, coaching and championship experience had made the Warriors the strong pre-season favourites for the past several seasons.

Even before Curry got hurt, Golden State was already without departed Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, who is injured and likely out for the entire season.

Their bid for a third straight championship and fourth in five years was dashed last season when they lost in the NBA finals in six games to the Toronto Raptors.

On Wednesday, Phoenix led 43-14 at the end of the first quarter and 72-46 at halftime.

Curry finished with nine points and six assists in 21 minutes of playing time.

Devin Booker scored a game-high 31 points and Baynes finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds for the surprising Suns who are off to a an impressive 3-2 start to the season.

Eric Paschall led the Warriors with 20 points.

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Warriors´ Green injured against Rockets

Draymond Green suffered a left ankle sprain during the Golden State Warriors’ clash with the Houston Rockets.

Green stepped on the foot of Warriors team-mate DeMarcus Cousins in the second half on Saturday and the three-time NBA All-Star headed to the locker room soon after.

The Warriors then announced Green – who had to be helped up and off the floor – would not return against the Rockets.

Green is averaging 7.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.3 assists for the reigning champions this season.

The Warriors came into Saturday’s game with a 42-16 record and top of the Western Conference following the All-Star break.

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Warriors in position to close out Cavs with 3-0 lead

CLEVELAND -The Golden State Warriors have been in this precise position before, and they suffered a hiccup before they tasted champagne.
Golden State is the only team in NBA history to lead consecutive Finals 3-0. Both times it was against the Cleveland Cavaliers, including the 2018 Finals that could end with a Warriors win in Game 4 on Friday.
Last season, with a chance to clinch its second title in three years on Cleveland’s home court, the Cavs banged 24 3s and forced a Game 5.
“It’s different, man. I keep telling people,” Golden State’s Kevin Durant said. “It’s just a different vibe because we’ve been through a season with each other already as champions, going through a whole season. So we know exactly what we need to do in order for us to win.
“We wanted to do that, focus on that as much as possible. The emotions and all that stuff doesn’t really matter. We just try to play a solid, focused game, and we’ll figure out how to feel afterward.”
The Warriors are searching for their third title in four years — all against Cleveland — and their sixth title overall, which would tie them for third all time.
Durant, solid through the first two Finals games, jockeyed into pole position to win Finals MVP for the second consecutive season in Game 3 with his playoff-career-high 43 points in the Warriors’ 110-102 win.
Durant is averaging 31.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 6.7 assists in the Finals. His numbers are a little behind those of LeBron James (37.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 10.7 assists) in this series, but Durant has the better team.
Stephen Curry set an NBA record with nine 3s in Game 2 and then shot 1 of 10 from 3 in Game 3. And the Warriors still had enough to beat the Cavs for the 10th time in the last 11 games, counting the regular season.
“We’ve had an opportunity to win two of these games in this three-game series so far, and we haven’t come up with it,” James said. “Obviously, from a talent perspective, if you’re looking at Golden State from their top five best players to our top five players, you would say they’re stacked better than us.
“We have a lot of talent as well. We’ve been in a position where we could win two out of these three games. So what do we have to do?”
No team has ever come back from an 0-3 deficit in the NBA playoffs (0-131). But the Cavs are nonetheless a tough out. They’re 7-2 in elimination games since 2015 and have successfully faced down elimination three times already this season.
Kevin Love has registered at least 20 points and 10 boards in all three games so far, giving James at least one layer of support against the vaunted Warriors.
“We’ve given ourselves a chance,” Love said. “I know that we’ll come out in Game 4 and really compete. We’re not going to give in.”
The Cavs blew a 13-point lead in Game 3, and their disastrous final 36 seconds in regulation of Game 1 took away a win. This series could look a lot differently than it does right now, and the Warriors say they think the Cavs aren’t quite finished just yet.
“Just understand the details defensively of what we need to do against a team like Cleveland, with the threats that they have,” Curry said. “Understanding that Game 4 is going to be the toughest game that we’ve played in the series, to close it out. We’re going to need energy, effort, focus from every guy that steps foot on the floor for 48 minutes.”
James could be a free agent at season’s end. If he leaves Cleveland for a second time, the Cavs’ run of four straight Finals would almost certainly end. They could seek to trade Love and rebuild if that domino falls.
“These four years have been great,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “It’s not over. It’s not over. But, I mean, I wouldn’t trade it in for anything in the world.
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Curry, Durant help Warriors dominate Westbrook´s Thunder

Reigning NBA champions the Golden State Warriors made a statement by dismantling the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-80 at Oracle Arena.

Former Thunder star Kevin Durant scored a game-high 28 points with five rebounds, and two-time MVP Stephen Curry added 21 points with nine rebounds and six assists on Saturday.

Hosts the Warriors outscored Russell Westbrook and Thunder by 25 points in the second half.

Nick Young came off the bench to score 16 points, draining four of five shots from beyond the arc. Draymond Green scored 10 points with eight assists and five rebounds.

Reigning MVP Westbrook led the Thunder with 15 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. Steven Adams and Carmelo Anthony added 14 points apiece, while Paul George struggled with just five points.

The Warriors pulled even with the Houston Rockets atop the Western Conference standings with the convincing win.

IRVING LEADS IN-FORM CELTICS

Kyrie Irving flirted with a triple-double, scoring 31 points with nine rebounds and eight assists in the Boston Celtics’ 121-112 win over the New York Knicks. Irving, also adding two steals, helped the Celtics (42-19) earn their third successive victory.

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid scored a game-high 28 points on 10-of-17 shooting with 14 rebounds in a 116-105 triumph against the Orlando Magic. It was Philadelphia’s seventh consecutive win.

MARKKANEN STRUGGLES IN BULLS LOSS

Chicago Bulls rookie Lauri Markkanen has enjoyed a great season, but the sweet-shooting big man scored just three points on one-of-eight shooting in a 122-104 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Markkanen, averaging 15 points per game, has now had two straight poor shooting nights.

HEAT HONOUR VICTIMS OF MASS SHOOTING

The Miami Heat stepped away from basketball to remember those affected by the recent shooting tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Tyler Johnson led the Heat with 23 points in a 115-89 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

SATURDAY’S RESULTS

Philadelphia 76ers 116-105 Orlando Magic
Miami Heat 115-89 Memphis Grizzlies
Boston Celtics 121-112 New York Knicks
Golden State Warriors 112-80 Oklahoma City Thunder
Portland Trail Blazers 106-104 Phoenix Suns
Utah Jazz 97-90 Dallas Mavericks
Minnesota Timberwolves 122-104 Chicago Bulls
Los Angeles Lakers 113-108 Sacramento Kings

ROCKETS AT NUGGETS

Denver, victors in 10 of their last 13 games, hosts a Houston Rockets team riding an 11-game winning streak. The combination of James Harden and Chris Paul has been too much for opposing teams, and Clint Capela’s emergence in the paint has moved Houston into elite status. The Rockets are tied atop the Western Conference standings, but the Nuggets have the most underrated player in the league in Nikola Jokic, who has recorded three straight triple-doubles.

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Durant becomes second-youngest player to reach 20,000 NBA points

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant became the second-youngest player in NBA history to reach 20,000 points on Wednesday.

Durant achieved the feat against the Los Angeles Clippers – second only to Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James.

With two-time MVP Stephen Curry (ankle) and Klay Thompson (rest) out of the line-up, Durant was forced to lead the offensive attack, scoring 25 points in the first half.

Durant – last season’s NBA Finals MVP – did most of his damage with the Oklahoma City Thunder, but has been scoring at an impressive rate since joining the Warriors in 2016.

Most impressively, he reached the feat at the second-youngest age despite having elite scorers surrounding him on almost every team he has ever been on throughout his career.

Only 44 players have reached 20,000 points in NBA history.

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NBA roundup: Warriors fall in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Golden State Warriors fell to the Memphis Grizzlies 111-101 on Saturday night in a game that saw Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant ejected.

Curry scored 37 points but sat out the first half of the fourth quarter with five fouls.
Durant didn’t like a no-call either, and as Curry and Durant made their way toward the tunnel Durant was seen apparently flipping off a fan.
Marc Gasol led Memphis with 34 points and 14 rebounds. The Grizzlies led almost the entire game and by as many as 19 points in the second half.

Magic 114, Cavaliers 93
CLEVELAND — Orlando ended a 17-game losing streak against Cleveland and LeBron James with a win.
Nicola Vucevic scored 23 points and the Orlando Magic stunned the Cavaliers, who trailed by as many as 37 points.
The skid was the longest in Magic history to one team, just as the winning streak was Cleveland’s best against an opponent. The Magic hadn’t beaten Cleveland since Nov. 23, 2012.
Vucevic, 26, played for the Magic in that game against Cleveland five years ago and scored 10 points in a 108-104 win.
James paced the Cavs with 22 points and Kevin Love added 19. Iman Shumpert scored 21 points off the bench.

Heat 112, Pacers 108
MIAMI — Goran Dragic scored 23 points to lead Miami to a win over Indiana.
James Johnson’s two free throws with 11 seconds left provided the final margin for the Heat, who withstood the Pacers’ fourth-quarter comeback.
Dion Waiters finished with 19 points and Kelly Olynyk scored 13 points for Miami, which played without injured center Hassan Whiteside. Victor Oladipo scored a game-high 28 points for the Pacers, who also played without center Myles Turner due to a concussion.

Pistons 111, Knicks 107
NEW YORK — Detroit completed a comeback from a 21-point deficit as Tobias Harris scored 12 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter to lift Detroit past New York.
Porzingis led all scorers with 33 points, but most of his damage was done in the first half. The 7-foot-3 forward made his first seven shots, 8 of 10 shots by halftime before it changed with Tolliver.
Andre Drummond, who collected 21 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season, blocked Porzingis’ final shot. Reggie Jackson finished a 14-point night by scoring seven points in the final two minutes, including the tiebreaking 3-point play with 1:41 seconds.

Rockets 107, Mavericks 91
HOUSTON — James Harden scored a season-high 29 points, Eric Gordon chipped in 18 and Houston defeated Dallas in its home opener at the Toyota Center.
This is the 11th time the Rockets have started a season 3-0. The last was in 2014-15, when Houston started 6-0.
With four players out — including rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. — for their first meeting against divisional rival Houston, the Mavericks (0-3) were undermanned from the beginning. Yogi Ferrell also scored 19 points for Dallas.

Spurs 87, Bulls 77
CHICAGO — LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points and 10 rebounds, and San Antonio scored 23 points off of turnovers in a victory over Chicago.
The Spurs, who are playing without last season’s leading scorer Kawhi Leonard, led by as many as 17 points in the fourth quarter.
Robin Lopez scored 16 points for the Bulls, who are without a handful of key players because of injury or suspension while in the midst of a rebuilding effort. Justin Holiday scored 15 points for Chicago.

Raptos 128, 76ers 94
TORONTO — Ben Simmons has had a perfect start to his NBA career. The Australian has had double-doubles in each of his first three NBA games, but Philadelphia has lost all three, including last night to Toronto.
While Simmons scored 18 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and added eight assists, the Raptors got 30 points from DeMar DeRozan to start the season with two straight wins.
Nothing has changed in the new season for the Sixers, a young developing team. Simmons joined Oscar Robertson as the only NBA players to start their careers with at least 10 points and 10 rebounds and five or more assists in their first three games.
Serge Ibaka added 21 points for the Raptors.

Clippers 130, Suns 88
LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin scored 29 points and DeAndre Jordan added 13 rebounds as Los Angeles remained undefeated with a victory over Phoenix.
Alex Len scored 15 points and Devin Booker added 13 as the Suns struggled on the second night of back-to-back games. Tyson Chandler grabbed 14 rebounds. Phoenix fell to the Lakers on Friday night in a high-scoring affair and is now 0-3 on the season.
Griffin shook off a slow start and was in sync by the third quarter. Clippers fans started an “MVP” chant while Griffin stepped to the free throw line in the second half of the home opener.

Nuggets 96, Kings 79
DENVER — Paul Millsap had 18 points and nine rebounds in his first game in Denver and the Nuggets rebounded from a disappointing loss to the Jazz to beat Sacramento.
Kenneth Faried also scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and Gary Harris had 17 points for Denver.
Rookie De’Aaron Fox led the Kings with 18 points. Sacramento didn’t score 20 points in a quarter until getting 27 in the fourth.

Jazz 96, Thunder 87
SALT LAKE CITY — Joe Ingles scored 19 points and the shorthanded Utah Jazz used a dominating defensive performance to knock off Oklahoma City.
Ingles led a balanced attack as five Jazz players scored in double figures. He finished with 19 points. Rudy Gobert also had a big night for the Jazz with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Ricky Rubio added 16 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Bucks 113, Trail Blazers 110
MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo stepped to the free-throw line with a chance to save the night for Milwaukee, only to miss both shots.
Antetokounmpo followed those misses with a steal, a go-ahead dunk and a game-saving block in the final seconds as the Milwaukee held off Portland at the Bradley Center. He finished with a career-high 44 points.
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum led Portland with 26 points each and Jusuf Nurkic added 17 for the Blazers