Andre IGUODALA – Martinez Tribune https://martineztribune.com The website of the Martinez Tribune. Tue, 02 Jul 2019 09:55:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Decimated Warriors gutsy reign ends, falling 114-110 to Raptors https://martineztribune.com/2019/06/13/decimated-warriors-gutsy-reign-ends-falling-114-110-to-raptors/ Fri, 14 Jun 2019 06:29:35 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=12108 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER The Warriors championship run came to an end Thursday night, in spite of a gutsy performance that saw yet another key major injury to Klay Thompson that proved insurmountable, falling to the Toronto Raptors 114–110 in the final NBA game at Oracle Arena. ©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Fred VanVleet, Kyle Lowry, Kawhi Leonard and …

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BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

The Warriors championship run came to an end Thursday night, in spite of a gutsy performance that saw yet another key major injury to Klay Thompson that proved insurmountable, falling to the Toronto Raptors 114–110 in the final NBA game at Oracle Arena.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Fred VanVleet, Kyle Lowry, Kawhi Leonard and Serge Ibaka of the Toronto Raptors (pictured L-R) celebrate an NBA Championship at the conclusion of Toronto’s 114-110 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena.

Toronto quickly jumped out to an 8-0 lead, temporarily dampening the spirits of the amped up crowd, but the Warriors fought back to take the lead for the first time with just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter behind a combined 17 points from Thompson and Steph Curry. It remained a tight game throughout with 18 lead changes and neither team able to establish a double digit lead.

Both the game and the Warriors hopes of a third straight championship came crashing down with just over two minutes remaining in the third quarter and the Warriors up 83-80. With Thompson going up to slam an outlet pass from Curry, he came down awkwardly and immediately grabbed his left knee after having his shot contested when the Raptors Danny Green went up for a block.

It was a clean play by Green, but the anguish on Thompson’s face was evident immediately as a collective silence came over a crowd that had high hopes of a Warriors win in the final game at Oracle to push the series to a deciding seventh game. Thompson immediately left the game, but moments later stunned the crowd by running back onto the court and sinking a pair of free throws. An immediate timeout ensued, and Thompson was helped into the tunnel only to learn an hour later that he had suffered a torn ACL that is expected to keep him out of action for most of the 2020 season.

Golden State continued to fight gamely, leading thru most of the fourth quarter, but the Raptors took the lead for good on a three pointer by Fred VanVleet with 3:46 remaining. Still the depleted Warriors refused to die, closing to within a point on two separate occasions in the final minute, but missed free throws and Toronto’s superior depth simply proved too much as Curry’s off-balance three pointer in the closing seconds bounced off the rim insuring the Raptors the first championship in their 24 year history.

Kyle Lowry (9-16) got Toronto off to a fast start, scoring 15 in the first quarter and finishing with 26 points for the game, tying Pascal Siakim (10-17) as the Raptors leading scorer. Lowry also finished with seven rebounds and 10 assists, while Siakim added 10 rebounds in a game high 46 minutes of action.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Kawhi Leonard of the Raptors celebrates an NBA Championship at the conclusion of Toronto’s 114-110 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Leonard was a near unanimous selection as MVP of the Finals.

Kawhi Leonard had 22 points, his lowest offensive output of the series, but was still a near unanimous selection as Finals MVP as he averaged 28.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game to go along with his leadership and clutch shooting. VanVleet (6-14) also scored 22 off the bench while consistently pressuring Curry on the defensive end, and Serge Ibaka (7-12) added 15.

Thompson’s 30 points (8-12) in just 31 minutes of action led all scorers. Andre Iguodala (9-15) scored a personal playoff high 22 points for the Warriors while Curry (6-17) netted 21. Draymond Green also contributed another herculean effort with his second triple-double of the series, grabbing 19 rebounds to go along with 11 points and 13 assists in a team leading 44 minutes of action.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Klay Thompson of the Warriors goes up for a slam in front of the Raptors Danny Green late in the third quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena Thursday night. Thompson would land awkwardly and sustain a torn ACL in his left knee as Toronto came from behind to win their first NBA Championship with a 114-110 win over Golden State.

Leonard, who also won the Finals MVP Award for leading the San Antonio Spurs to the title in 2014, was asked about the rollercoaster ride he’s been on the past two years since an injury in the opening game of the 2017 playoffs against the Warriors at Oracle led to him missing all but nine games of the 2018 season, along with precipitating his trade to Toronto. “Last year, a lot of people were doubting me. They thought I was either faking an injury or didn’t want to play for a team. That was disappointing because I love the game of basketball. It doesn’t matter what anybody has to say about me. I know who I am as a person, I know how I feel.”

The soon to be free agent added, “Last summer was tough. I was still rehabbing and just trusted the process with myself. I told myself I would be back. I wasn’t going to come back until I could be the player I am today. I wanted to come back in the same shape and form without coming out playing five games and then re-injuring something. I wanted to be able to play the season, or what did I this year. I wasn’t able to play 82, but I’m happy that I got to the 60 games. Just being able to win this championship this year is something special for me because you know how the last year everybody was looking at me, and I stayed true to myself, and I had a great support system. And once I got here to Toronto they understood everything and kept moving from there.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr, classy in defeat, prioritized congratulating Toronto. “They’re a fantastic basketball team. Great defensively, share the ball, play a beautiful style, a lot of great two-way players and a lot of veteran players who have been in this league contributing for a long time. I’m very happy for them. Winning a championship is the ultimate in this league, and they’ve got a lot of guys who have earned this. So congrats to Toronto, they are a worthy champion.”

Asked about looking back at the season and the “what ifs” surrounding the injuries to Durant and Thompson, Kerr added, “Injuries are always part of the NBA season. It’s just the nature of these injuries, the severity of these injuries. What matters is Kevin Durant is going to miss next season with an Achilles tear and Klay suffered a knee injury. It’s just brutal of what these guys have had to deal with and what they’re dealing with right now. I don’t know if it’s related to five straight seasons of playing a hundred plus games and just all the wear and tear, but it’s devastating.”

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Golden State’s Draymond Green gets off a pass during Toronto’s series clinching 114-110 win over the Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals Thursday night. Green had another monster game, posting his second triple double of the season with 19 rebounds to go along with 11 points and 13 assists in a team leading 44 minutes of action.

Questioned about the state of the Warriors dynasty, Draymond Green cautioned any doubters. “I think everybody thinks it’s kind of the end of us. But that’s just not smart. We’re not done yet. We lost this year. Clearly just wasn’t our year. I hear a lot of that noise, it’s the end of a run and all that jazz. I don’t see it happening though. We’ll be back.” 

Curry agreed. “I think a lot has been proven about who we are as a team and the fight that we have and all the adversity that we dealt with this entire playoff run. It’s a one-possession game to keep our season alive tonight. But our DNA and who we are and the character that we have on this team, I wouldn’t bet against us being back on this stage next year and going forward. So really proud of the way that we fought until the end and this five-year run’s been awesome, but definitely don’t think it’s over. I think true champions like we are, we should be able to adapt and keep this same kind of DNA no matter what our roster looks like next year.” 

GAME NOTES:

Game 6 was the 2,070th and final Warriors game at Oracle Arena. Golden State played their first game at the then Oakland Coliseum Arena on November 29, 1966 against the Chicago Bulls. The era concluded tonight with their 343rd consecutive sellout.

The Raptors are the seventh team to win three road games in an NBA Finals. They’re the first to do so since the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2001 Finals (against the Philadelphia 76ers). Toronto and Golden State combined for five road victories in the series, the most in an NBA Finals. The Raptors finished the season 4-0 at Oracle Arena, including the regular season and Finals.

Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard raised his total in the 2019 playoffs to 732 points, the third most in a single postseason. The only players with more points in a postseason are Michael Jordan (759 in 1992), LeBron James (748 in 2018).

Leonard joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James as the only three players to win the Finals MVP Award with two different teams. He also won it with the 2014 San Antonio Spurs. He’s also the first player to win the Award in both conferences.

The Warriors’ Steph Curry tied George Mikan for 14th place on the career NBA Finals scoring list. Curry now has 741 Finals points.

With his first three-pointer of the game, Klay Thompson passed LeBron James (370) for sole possession of third place in NBA playoff history. Thompson now has 374 playoff threes, trailing only Stephen Curry (470) and Ray Allen (385). 

The Warriors used their fifth different starting lineup in the series, the most in an NBA Finals since starters were first listed on official box scores in 1970-71.

Nick Nurse is the third coach in the last five seasons to win an NBA championship in his first season as an NBA head coach, joining Golden State’s Steve Kerr in 2015 and the Cleveland Cavaliers Tyronn Lue in 2016. Before this five-year stretch, the last coach to win a championship in his first season as an NBA head coach was Pat Riley with the Lakers in 1982.

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Raptors third quarter surge pushes Warriors to the brink 105-92 https://martineztribune.com/2019/06/07/raptors-third-quarter-surge-pushes-warriors-to-the-brink-105-92/ https://martineztribune.com/2019/06/07/raptors-third-quarter-surge-pushes-warriors-to-the-brink-105-92/#comments Sat, 08 Jun 2019 05:41:46 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=11957 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER The Toronto Raptors moved within a game of their first NBA Championship Friday night, beating down the Warriors 105-92 to push the two-time defending champs to the brink of elimination in what could be the final game at Oracle Arena. ©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Kawhi Leonard goes up for a shot in front of …

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BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

The Toronto Raptors moved within a game of their first NBA Championship Friday night, beating down the Warriors 105-92 to push the two-time defending champs to the brink of elimination in what could be the final game at Oracle Arena.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Kawhi Leonard goes up for a shot in front of Andre Iguodala during the Raptors 105-92 win over the Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals Friday night at Oracle Arena. Leonard scored 36 points to lead all scorers as Toronto took a 3-1 lead over Golden State to move within a game of their first championship.

Buoyed by the return of Klay Thompson to their lineup, the Warriors got off to a quick start and never trailed in the first half, taking a 46-42 lead into the locker room. But two quick three pointers by Kawhi Leonard in the first minute of the third quarter gave Toronto their first lead of the game.

Golden State fought back to regain the lead, but before the quarter was over Leonard (11-22) would score 17 of his game high 36 points as the Raptors outscored the Warriors 37-21 to take a commanding lead that they would never relinquish. Leonard also led all rebounders with a dozen boards.

So now with their quest for a three-peat on life support, and the status of the injured Kevin Durant remaining uncertain, the Warriors return to Toronto on Monday for Game 5 with zero margin for error. The Raptors have now won five of the six games they’ve played with Golden State this season overall. The 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers are the only team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 Finals deficit, and Golden State was on the receiving end of that epic comeback.

Serge Ibaka was a huge force for the Raptors, coming off the bench to score 20 points in 21 minutes of action on 9-12 shooting. Pascal Siakim added 19.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Pascal Siakam goes up for a shot over Klay Thompson during the Raptors 105-92 win over the Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals Friday night at Oracle Arena. Siakam scored 19 points to help Toronto take a 3-1 lead over Golden State in the best of seven series.

Thompson showed no signs of rust for the Warriors after missing Game 3 due to a left hamstring strain, leading the team with 28 points on 11-18 shooting from the floor in 42 minutes of action. But Steph Curry appeared gassed after his superhuman effort Wednesday night in spite of finishing with 27 points (9-22) and six assists. Draymond Green had another near triple-double, finishing with ten points, nine rebounds and a game leading 12 assists.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Klay Thompson takes a shot during the Raptors 105-92 win over the Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals Friday night at Oracle Arena. Thompson scored 28 points in his return to action, but it wasn’t enough as Toronto took a 3-1 lead over Golden State.

After the game, Curry wasn’t remotely giving up. “It’s not over. It’s not a good feeling right now, obviously, but we’ve been on both sides of it. And for us it’s an opportunity for us to just flip this whole series on its head, and you got to do it one game at a time. It sounds cliché, and for us that’s literally the only way we’re going to get back in this series, is give everything we got for 48 minutes, everybody that sets foot on that floor in Game 5. In our locker room we’re talking about believing, everybody there believes that we can get this done. We got to. We can draw on those experiences that we had back in the day and see what happens.”

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Steph Curry drives the lane during the Raptors 105-92 win over the Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals Friday night at Oracle Arena. Curry scored 27 points, but Toronto prevailed to take a 3-1 lead over Golden State.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr, asked how daunting a task his team faces, refused to demur. “I don’t think it’s daunting at all. We go to Toronto, and this is what we do for a living, we play basketball. So we look forward to playing another basketball game in an exciting atmosphere, and the ultimate test, NBA Finals. So I think we look at it as a challenge. Obviously we’ve got to lick our wounds tonight, a tough loss. But the game’s a few days away. We’ll have plenty of energy, and we’ll be ready to go. So we’re not thinking about winning three games, we’re thinking about winning one game and that’s the task. I know we’re capable. We got a lot of talent and we got a lot of pride, and these guys have been to The Finals five straight years for a reason. They’re unbelievably competitive.”

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Danny Green grabs a rebound in front of Steph Curry during the Raptors 105-92 win over the Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals Friday night at Oracle Arena. Toronto took a 3-1 lead over Golden State to move within a game of their first NBA Championship.

Leonard, the presumptive MVP of the Finals, was asked about the prospect of what a title would mean for Canada. “I’m pretty sure it’s a long time waiting. They’re going to be excited. I mean, they’re already excited just at us just being here for the first time. They’re going crazy after the Eastern Conference Finals and, I don’t know, there’s no telling. You got to ask somebody that’s been living in Canada for a while. But I know they’re going to be super excited.”

No one questions the Warriors heart. But the real question is, after playing an additional 103 playoff games over the course of the last five post seasons, do they have enough left in the tank to come back from a 3–1 deficit on the road with a banged up roster against an energized Toronto team 48 minutes away from bringing their country its first championship in team sports since the 1993 Blue Jays. Uneasy lies the crown.

GAME NOTES:

The Raptors improved to 3-0 at Oracle Arena this season, with one victory in the regular season and two in the NBA Finals. Toronto entered this season with a 13-game road losing streak against the Warriors.

Toronto has now outscored Golden State in 13 of 16 quarters through the first four games of the series.

Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard (36 points) recorded his 14th 30-point game of the 2019 playoffs. The only other five players with at least 14 30-point games in a single postseason are Michael Jordan (twice), Akeem Olajuwon, Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant (twice) and LeBron James. Jordan (1991-92) and Olajuwon (1994-95) are tied for the most 30-point games in a single postseason with 16 each.

Serge Ibaka is the first reserve to score 20 or more points and shoot at least 75% from the field (9-12) in an NBA Finals game since the Detroit Pistons Vinnie Johnson did it against the Portland Trail Blazers on June 12, 1990.

Golden State faces a 1-3 series deficit for the 12th time in franchise history. The Warriors own a 1-10 record in those series, with their only win coming in 2016 against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals. Teams that take a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals have a 33-1 series record (.971).

The Warriors failed to score 100-or-more points for the first time this postseason, snapping their franchise record playoff streak of scoring 100-plus points at 25 straight games. Golden State fell to a combined 0-9 this regular and postseason when failing to score 100-plus points.

Golden State shot a postseason-low 66.7 percent from the free throw line (14-21 FT).

Kevon Looney, who was ruled out of the series after suffering a nondisplaced first costal cartilage fracture on his right side in Game 2, unexpectedly returned to action and contributed ten points and six rebounds in 20 minutes of action off the bench.

Steph Curry extended his NBA-record streak to 110 consecutive postseason games making a three point shot.

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Raptors exploit shorthanded Warriors cold shooting 123-109 https://martineztribune.com/2019/06/05/raptors-exploit-shorthanded-warriors-cold-shooting-123-109/ Thu, 06 Jun 2019 05:07:17 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=11948 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER The Toronto Raptors came out hot, shooting 54% in the first quarter, and stayed that way, outscoring the Warriors in every quarter on the way to a 123-109 win in Game 3 of the NBA Finals Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. The victory puts Toronto up 2-1 in the best of seven …

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BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

The Toronto Raptors came out hot, shooting 54% in the first quarter, and stayed that way, outscoring the Warriors in every quarter on the way to a 123-109 win in Game 3 of the NBA Finals Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. The victory puts Toronto up 2-1 in the best of seven series and helped the Raptors regain the home court advantage over Golden State.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Golden State’s Steph Curry drives to the basket on the way to a career playoff high 47 points against Toronto Wednesday night in Game 3 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. It wasn’t nearly enough as Toronto scored a near wire to wire 123-109 win to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

The shorthanded Warriors, playing without the injured Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Kevon Looney, trailed nearly wire-to-wire, never leading by more than a point, and were unable to ever seriously threaten Toronto in spite of a scrappy performance led by Steph Curry’s (14-31) playoff career high 47 points. Curry also had eight rebounds and seven assists.

The Raptors balance and depth was the difference, with six players scoring in double figures led by Kawhi Leonard’s (9-17) 30 points. Of the seven Toronto players that took a shot, none finished worse than 50% from the field as the Raptors shot 52.4% on the night compared to the Warriors 39.6%.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard muscles past the Warriors Andrew Bogut on the way to a team high 30 points Wedenesday night. The Raptors recorded a 123-109 win to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

Kyle Lowry’s 23 points and nine assists combined with Danny Green’s 18 on 6-10 shooting from beyond the three point line helped Toronto’s offensive balance prove decisive. Pascal Siakim also added 18 while Marc Gasol contributed 17 points and seven rebounds. Serge Ibaka had a game high six blocks for the Raptors.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Toronto’s Kyle Lowry drives to the basket around the Warriors Andrew Bogut on the way to a 23 point effort during the Raptors 123-109 win over the Warriors Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. The victory gives Toronto a 2-1 lead in the best of seven series.

Draymond Green added 17 points and seven boards for Golden State, but Andre Iguodala was the only other Warrior in double figures, finishing with 11 points. Quinn Cook scored nine off the bench while Andrew Bogut contributed six points and seven rebounds in just 21 minutes of action.

Asked about the Warriors spate of injuries following the game, Curry responded “Any injury in the playoffs is tough, but especially a guy like Klay who’s been so durable his whole career and especially in the playoffs. The way he had been playing as of late, so it’s no secret that we’re a little injury plagued now with guys trying to just find a way back to the court. But the moment is now. You got to try to have “next man up” mentality, like we always say, and just go out and fight. I liked the competitiveness that we had, understanding that we’re missing 50 points pretty much between KD and Klay. So we’ll adjust. And it’s a long series you know. It’s going to be fun for us.”

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Golden State’s Draymond Green (23) and Toronto’s Kyle Lowry (7) fight for a loose ball during the Raptors 123-109 win over the Warriors Wednesday night in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr, questioned about his teams effort, was full of praise in spite of the loss. “Very proud. They played really, really hard and gave it everything they had and just ran into a better team tonight. Toronto played an excellent game, made big shots every time they needed to. We never could get over the hump. Every time we fought back and kind of got it to six, seven or eight, whatever it was, they made big shots. They outplayed us. They deserved it. I’m very proud of our effort, and now we just got to bounce back and get back here here Friday night and hopefully get a little healthier and get some guys back.”

Game 4 of the series is set for Friday night at Oracle with a 6pm tip-off.

GAME NOTES:

Steph Curry’s 47 points is the second highest total ever scored in a losing effort in the NBA Finals. LeBron James scored 51 in a loss to the Warriors in Game 1 of the 2018 Finals.

The Warriors used their 10th different starting lineup of the 2019 playoffs, the most in a single postseason since starters and reserves began being tracked in the 1970-71 season.

With their Game 2 win in Toronto, Golden State extended their All-Time NBA Record to 23 straight post-season series with a road victory.

The Warriors 20-0 run at the end of the second quarter and start of the third was the largest streak of consecutive points by a team in Finals history since the NBA/ABA merger in 1976.

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Warriors race past Blazers in Western Finals opener 116-94 https://martineztribune.com/2019/05/14/warriors-race-past-blazers-in-western-finals-opener-116-94/ Wed, 15 May 2019 05:18:47 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=11685 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 62 points, leading the Golden State Warriors to a 116-94 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in the opening game of the NBA’s Western Conference Finals Tuesday night at Oracle Arena. ©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Steph Curry of the Warriors drives to the basket around Portland’s Rodney …

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BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 62 points, leading the Golden State Warriors to a 116-94 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in the opening game of the NBA’s Western Conference Finals Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Steph Curry of the Warriors drives to the basket around Portland’s Rodney Hood during Golden State’s 116-94 win over the Blazers in the opening game of the Western Conference Finals.

Playing without the injured Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins, the Warriors looked fresh after four days of rest following their Friday night ouster of Houston, while Portland seemed to be showing the effects of a letdown following their emotional Game 7 win in Denver just two days ago.

The Warriors never trailed after the opening minutes of the game, connecting on 50% of their shots while the Blazers only converted 36%. Portland also committed a season-high 21 turnovers and only shot 25% from beyond the three point line.

Curry led all scorers with 36 points (12-23) in 35 minutes, tying his personal post-season best of 9 three’s on 15 attempts while adding six rebounds and seven assists. Thompson (10-24) tallied 26 and Draymond Green contributed 12 points to go along with 10 rebounds. The Warriors bench was also a key as Jonas Jerebko provided a spark with nine points and five boards while Quinn Cook added eight points.

The Blazers were paced by Damian Lillard’s 19 points (4-12) while CJ McCollum (7-19), Moe Harkless and Rodney Hood each added 17. Enes Kanter had 16 boards to lead all rebounders.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Portland’s Damian Lillard looks to pass against the defense of Draymond Green and Steph Curry during the Warriors 116-94 win over Portland Tuesday night in the opening game of the Western Conference Finals.

After the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was asked about his teams effectiveness shutting down McCollum and Lillard. “Well, they are a tremendous backcourt. We’re well aware of what they are capable of. So we’re paying a lot of attention to them. Just trying to stay all over them if we can and not give up anything easy, and I thought our defense was good, but I also thought we benefited from the schedule. We were able to finish our last series on Friday and they had to go to a tough Game 7 in Denver and a quick turnaround, so the schedule favored us, and I thought we took advantage of the situation and got off to a good start.”

Curry was asked about Portland coming out stronger for Game 2, saying “It’s like that every series when you win the first game at home. It’s what you’re supposed to do. We obviously played well tonight. We want to carry that momentum over to Game 2. But you know, we’ve been in this situation plenty of times, and more so than not, have handled our business in Game 2. Obviously against the Clippers, we didn’t and had to really work. Even against Houston, we went up 2-0 and the narrative is, can you win on the road ? It’s just a game at a time. Having been through so many of these series, we understand what the drill is and they are going to make adjustments and probably play really aggressive and assertive in the first half. Game 2, we have to be ready for that punch and keep playing hard.”

Game 2 of the series is Thursday night at 6:00 p.m.

GAME NOTES:

The Warriors won their 12 consecutive Game 1. Dating back to the 2015 postseason, Golden State is now 18-1 in Game 1.

This is the third time in the past four years that the Warriors and Trail Blazers have met in the playoffs. Golden State now has an 9-1 record during that period.

This is Golden State’s fifth consecutive appearance in the Western Conference Finals. The Warriors are just the second team to appear in five straight Western Conference Finals, going the Los Angeles Lakers (1982-1989). Three Eastern Conference teams have reached five or more Conference Finals (Boston, Chicago and Detroit).

Portland is making their first appearance in the Western Conference Finals since 2000. They’ve reached the Conference Finals seven times in franchise history, advancing to the NBA Finals on three occasions.

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Warriors push Rockets to the brink of playoff elimination 104-99 https://martineztribune.com/2019/05/08/warriors-rockets-push-to-the-brink-of-playoff-elimination/ Thu, 09 May 2019 06:09:05 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=11547 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER The Warriors survived a third quarter injury to Kevin Durant to hold off the Houston Rockets 104-99 in a nail-bitter Wednesday night. The victory gave Golden State a 3-2 lead in the best of seven semi-final series, moving them within a game of advancing to the Western Conference finals. Durant suffered a …

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BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

The Warriors survived a third quarter injury to Kevin Durant to hold off the Houston Rockets 104-99 in a nail-bitter Wednesday night. The victory gave Golden State a 3-2 lead in the best of seven semi-final series, moving them within a game of advancing to the Western Conference finals.

Durant suffered a non-contact strained right calf injury with just over two minutes remaining in the third quarter, landing awkwardly following a basket that put the Warriors up 68-65. He’s scheduled for an MRI Thursday, and his status for Game 6 in Houston (6PM Friday) is highly questionable.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Kevin Durant soars to the basket during the first half of the Warriors 104-99 win over Houston Wednesday night. He scored 22 points before leaving the game late in the third period with a strained right calf injury.

A 17-0 Warriors run in the second quarter gave Golden State a 57-37 lead, but the Rockets chipped away to close the gap to 14 at the half before taking the lead following Durant’s injury with the score tied at 72 after three.

Steph Curry, held to five points in the first half, stepped up in Durant’s absence and finished with 25 while extending his NBA-record streak of 101 playoff games with a three-point basket as the Warriors shot 58% following the injury.

Klay Thompson scored a team-high 27 points (11-of-22 FG, 5-10 3FG), adding four rebounds and three steals in 44 minutes, while Draymond Green posted a team-high 12 rebounds and a game-high 11 assists. Durant added 22 before his departure.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Jonas Jerebko celebrates with Steph Curry (30) late in the Warriors 104-99 win over the Houston Rockets Wednesday night. The victory gives Golden State a 3-2 advantage in the Western Conference semi-finals.

Houston was again paced by James Harden’s 31 points, but he only had five in the fourth quarter. Eric Gordon added 19. P.J. Tucker contributed 13 points and 10 boards. Clint Capela added a game-high 14 rebounds for the Rockets.

Following the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was asked about the teams post-game mood considering Durant’s injury . “We’re excited about the win, but concerned for Kevin and disappointed for him. If Kevin is out, then what you saw in the fourth quarter is what you’re going to have to see going forward. We’re going to have to find a way. He’s been on this incredible playoff run. I’m proud of our guys for pulling the game out.

Asked about his teams response to the injury, Kerr added “They responded beautifully. We have to play differently because he’s such a huge part of what we do. I think you saw Steph go into a different mode when Kevin went out. He knew he had to be the offensive fulcrum. He knew things were going to run through him. He took over that fourth quarter. It wasn’t a great night for him until that point. He was brilliant in the fourth when we absolutely needed it.”

GAME NOTES:

The Warriors are now 16 -7 in playoff games following a loss going back to the 2015 postseason. They also improved to 10-3 in Game 5 over the same period.

Golden State is 15-7 vs. Houston in the postseason dating back to 2015. Including thist series, the Warriors and Rockets have faced each other in four of the last five postseasons. 

Golden State improved to 8-2 all-time in the postseason when Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson each score 20-or-more points in the same game

Kevin Durant (36.0) and James Harden (35.8) both averaged more than 35 points through the first four games of the series. It’s the first time in NBA history that opposing players have averaged 35+ in the first four games of a playoff series.

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Warriors get the jump on Rockets in series opener 104-100 https://martineztribune.com/2019/04/28/warriors-get-the-jump-on-rockets-in-series-opener-104-100/ Mon, 29 Apr 2019 01:15:16 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=11435 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Kevin Durant continued playing on another level, scoring 35 points, 24 in the second half, to lead the Warriors past the Houston Rockets 104-100 in a hotly contested game Sunday afternoon at Oracle Arena in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals. ©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Kevin Durant drives to the basket on the …

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BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

Kevin Durant continued playing on another level, scoring 35 points, 24 in the second half, to lead the Warriors past the Houston Rockets 104-100 in a hotly contested game Sunday afternoon at Oracle Arena in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Kevin Durant drives to the basket on the way to a 35 point performance during the Warriors 104-100 win over the Houston Rockets Sunday in the opening game of the Western Conference semifinals.

Playing on short rest after a gritty Clippers team pushed them to six games in the opening round, Golden State surprisingly jumped out of the gate quickly, taking a 16-9 lead before Houston rallied and the game settled into a tight affair throughout. The Rockets largest lead was four points and the Warriors never trailed in the fourth quarter.

Durant’s scoring output has now produced 130 points in his last three games. The Warriors balanced attack also featured 18 points from Steph Curry and 14 each from Andre Iguodala (6-7) and Draymond Green (7-9). Green’s stat line also included nine rebounds and nine assists.

James Harden tied Durant as the game’s high scorer with 35, but but his 9-28 performance from the field was a reflection of the way he struggled against the Warriors defense at times. Eric Gordon (10-19) had a strong game for Houston with 27 points, while Chris Paul added 17 before getting ejected late in the game for his second technical foul.

The Warriors survived in spite of some often sloppy play, turning the ball over 20 times, including eight in the first quarter. But after the game coach Steve Kerr was more focused on their defensive performance.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Steph Curry goes up for a shot during the Warriors 104-100 win over Houston in the opening game of the Western Conference semifinals.

“I couldn’t be more happy with the effort. It’s a five-man game when you’re guarding James (Harden). It’s not about just the one guy who is on him. The other four guys have to be in the right spots to help. And I thought our defense was excellent tonight. What hurt our defense was our turnovers. That stretch at the end of the second quarter we had a 10-point lead. Then we go into halftime tied because we had 13 turnovers. There’s no defense for transition shots off of turnovers. That’s what we’ve got to clean up. But other than that, we made them fight for every open look.”

Asked about Durant’s recent efforts, Kerr added, “He’s the most skilled basketball player on earth. He’s one of the most skilled basketball players to ever play the game. There’s never been anybody like him. 6’11”, handles the ball, shoots 3’s, passes, defends. He’s just an unbelievable talent. And I think after we lost game 2 to the Clippers, he just felt like he had to turn it up and lift us up another level and that’s exactly what he’s done. Kevin can get his own shot at any time he wants. That’s what makes him so impossible to guard. He understands what we need from him and he’s been delivering game after game.”

Game 2 is Tuesday night at Oracle Arena with tipoff scheduled for 7:30pm.

GAME NOTES:

Golden State is now 13-5 vs. Houston in the postseason dating back to 2015. This is the fourth time in the past five years that the teams have met in the playoffs.

The Warriors’ record in Game 1 is now 17-1 going back to the 2015 postseason, with Sunday’s win being their 11th straight in an opener. The only defeat was against Oklahoma City in the 2016 Western Conference Finals when Kevin Durant was still a member of the Thunder.

Sunday marked the sixth consecutive postseason game the Warriors have limited the Rockets to 100-or-fewer points.

Durant is the first Golden State player with 35 or more points in three straight playoff games since Rick Barry in 1967.

Steph Curry extended his NBA Playoff record streak to 97 consecutive games making a three-point basket.

DeMarcus Cousins was on the Warriors bench for the first time since tearing his left quadriceps muscle in Game 2 of the opening round against the Clippers.

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Clips stun Warriors with biggest rally in NBA Playoff history https://martineztribune.com/2019/04/15/clips-sting-warriors-with-biggest-comeback-in-nba-playoff-history/ Tue, 16 Apr 2019 06:47:03 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=11190 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER The Golden State Warriors came out on the wrong end of the worst collapse in NBA Playoff history Monday night, blowing a 31 point third quarter lead on the way to a 135-131 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on their home court. ©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Lou Williams of the Clippers goes up …

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BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

The Golden State Warriors came out on the wrong end of the worst collapse in NBA Playoff history Monday night, blowing a 31 point third quarter lead on the way to a 135-131 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on their home court.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Lou Williams of the Clippers goes up for an off-balance jumper during the Clips 135-131 win over Golden State Monday night. Williams led all scorers with 36 points off the bench as Los Angeles evened the Western Conference opening round playoff series at a game apiece.

Trailing 94-63 with 7:31 remaining in the third quarter, the Clippers proceeded to outscore Golden State 72-37 to stun the suddenly lethargic Warriors and tie the opening round of the Western Conference Playoffs at a game apiece. The Clips took advantage of 16 Warriors turnovers to score 29 points in the second half of the game.

The game was further marred by a potentially serious injury to Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins just four minutes into the game. In just his second career playoff game, Cousins collapsed in pain, grabbing his left thigh in front of the Warriors bench after chasing down a loose ball. It’s initially being described as “significant” left quad injury with an MRI scheduled for Tuesday.

The Clippers bench outscored the Warriors reserves 83-48, with Lou Williams leading all scorers with 36 points and 11 assists and Montrezl Harrell adding 25 points and ten rebounds in relief. Starting forward Danilo Gallinari also scored 24.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins grimaces in pain after suffering a left quad injury early in Golden State’s 135-131 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers Monday night.

Steph Curry led the Warriors with 29 points, but missed considerable playing time with foul trouble in the third quarter as Los Angeles started their comeback. Kevin Durant was a non-factor, seemingly rattled by the aggressive defensive tactics of the Clippers Patrick Beverley. Durant scored 21, but he only took eight shots from the field while making nine turnovers and fouling out. Kevon Looney was one bright spot for the Warriors, setting a career high in any game with 19 points off the bench with perfect 6-6 shooting from the field.

After the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was asked what type of message he had for his team after this type of loss. “Well, we stopped playing. We kind of disconnected mid-third quarter and lost our defensive edge. They scored 85 points in the second half. So we kind of messed with the game a little bit. When you do that, you’re in some trouble, especially in the playoffs.”

He added, “Once you lose momentum in a game, against a really good team, it’s hard to get it back. So we really lost this game mid-third quarter when we stopped playing. Our defense was great for two and a half quarters, then we stopped defending. We stopped playing defense, offense, and executing. We were not as engaged as we needed to be. We got exactly what we deserved.”

The series now heads south to Los Angeles for a pair of games with Game 3 tipping off at 7:40PM Thursday night at the Staples Center.

GAME NOTES:

The loss snapped a seven-game postseason winning streak for Golden State. The Warriors are now 20-2 in the last 22 playoff games at Oracle Arena. Their only other loss was in Game 4 of last season’s Western Conference Finals to the Houston Rockets.

The game marked the first Warriors playoff loss in the shot-clock-era (1954-55) in which the team led by 15-or-more points at halftime.

The Clippers became just the second team in NBA history to trail by 23-or-more points at the half and come back to win. Cleveland overcame a 25-point halftime deficit on April 20, 2017 at Indiana, according the the Elias Sports Bureau.

The Warriors (40) and the Clippers (44) both scored 40-plus points in the second quarter, marking the first time two teams have each had a 40-point quarter in the same playoff game since Sacramento and Dallas both scored 40-or-more in the first quarter on May 8, 2013.

The Clippers’ 83 points off then bench were the second most scored in a postseason game since 1970-71. The most was 86 bench points by Dallas on May 8, 2011.

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Warriors bounce back from Mavs debacle, stop Pistons 121-114 https://martineztribune.com/2019/03/24/warriors-xxxx-pistons/ Mon, 25 Mar 2019 05:55:47 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=10946 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Bouncing back from an embarrassing 35-point loss to Dallas on their home court last night, the Warriors returned to form on Sunday, establishing a 20 point lead after three quarters and holding on to score a 121-114 victory over the Detroit Pistons at Oracle Arena. ©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Kevin Durant (35), Draymond Green …

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BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

Bouncing back from an embarrassing 35-point loss to Dallas on their home court last night, the Warriors returned to form on Sunday, establishing a 20 point lead after three quarters and holding on to score a 121-114 victory over the Detroit Pistons at Oracle Arena.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Kevin Durant (35), Draymond Green and Steph Curry celebrate a play during the Warriors 121-114 win over the Detroit Pistons Sunday night at Oracle Arena.

With the win, Golden State (50-23) regained the top spot in the Western Conference by 1/2 game over the Denver Nuggets with nine games remaining. The Warriors also extended a franchise record with their sixth consecutive season winning at least 50 games.

Andrew Bogut, appearing in just his fourth game since rejoining the Warriors after completing a season in the Australian League, started in place of DeMarcus Cousins and was instrumental in helping to shut down Pistons center Andre Drummond. Playing 23 minutes, Bogut limited the league’s leading rebounder to 12 points and 11 rebounds, while scoring eight points on 4-5 shooting himself.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Center Andrew Bogut, in just his fourth game back with Golden State after returning from the Australian League, helped lead the Warriors to a 121-114 win over Detroit Sunday night with his strong defense on the Pistons Andre Drummond, the league’s leading rebounder.

Steph Curry led Golden State with 26 points while Klay Thompson added 24. Kevin Durant and Draymond Green each scored 14, with Green grabbing 11 boards and and Durant eight.

Blake Griffin paced Detroit with 24, while Luke Kennard led a strong effort from the Pistons reserves with 20 points on 8-12 shooting. The Pistons bench outscored Golden State’s 62-35, ultimately making a game out of it in the closing minutes.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Blake Griffin goes back up with a shot during the Pistons 121-114 loss to the Warriors Sunday night. Griffin led Detroit with 24 points and eight assists.

Following the game, asked if it’s possible that the team “doesn’t care as much” in regards to the blow-out loss to Dallas, Warriors coach Steve Kerr stated “ What you have seen the last couple of years is that we have had some letdowns and some nights like that. It’s hard for anybody to understand what these guys go through physically, emotionally and spiritually just trying to defend the crown, trying to win the title and stay on top of the mountain. It’s hard and last night they had nothing. They had nothing in the tank. The great thing about this team, as I mentioned, is they always bounce back because they have so much pride. What they have accomplished – this team has the best record over the last four seasons as any four-year run in the history of the NBA. What they have done is just remarkable. Last night was tough, but it’s really tough to do what they have done too. We are going to give them a pass and we are going to move on.”

Durant, questioned why the Warriors focus was so much better against the Pistons, added “We got beat by 40, that was the reason why. It don’t matter what the game was, no matter what time of the year it was, you get beat by 40 you don’t want to get embarrassed like that again or just lose the next night, so I think we came out with a nice sense of urgency. We let go of that game but everybody in that locker room from the coaches on down are competitors, so in the back of their mind they just wanted to avenge that terrible loss. I liked our energy from the start.”

Golden State returns to action Wednesday night with a game in Memphis against the Grizzlies (29-44).

GAME NOTES:

With the win, Steve Kerr joins Pat Riley and Phil Jackson as the only three coaches in NBA history to win 50 or more games in each of their first five seasons. It’s the tenth 50 win season in franchise history.

The Warriors made a season-high 61.3 percent of their shots from the field. Golden State, Denver and San Antonio are the only teams to record two games of 60.0 percent-or-better from the field this season.

Golden State is now 29-3 when scoring 120-plus points this season.  


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Warriors thump Nuggets, tighten grip atop Western Conference https://martineztribune.com/2019/03/08/warriors-thump-nuggets-tighten-grip-atop-western-conference/ Sat, 09 Mar 2019 07:39:15 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=10886 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Bouncing back from an unimpressive stretch in which they lost five of their last eight games, the Warriors got out of the gate quickly for a change Friday night, jumping out to a big early first quarter lead on the way to a dominating 122-105 win over the Denver Nuggets in a …

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BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

Bouncing back from an unimpressive stretch in which they lost five of their last eight games, the Warriors got out of the gate quickly for a change Friday night, jumping out to a big early first quarter lead on the way to a dominating 122-105 win over the Denver Nuggets in a battle between the top two teams in the Western Conference standings.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Klay Thompson was seeing the basket Friday night in his return to the lineup after missing two games due to a knee injury. He led all scorers with 39 points including nine of his 11 three-point attempts.

The victory enabled the Warriors to take a two game lead over Denver in the battle for home court advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs.

While Golden State’s defense helped spark their first quarter surge, holding the Nuggets to 22% shooting in the quarter, and 38% for the game, Denver actually fought back from a 19 point deficit to briefly take the lead mid-way thru the second quarter. That lead would last all of 54 seconds as the Warriors posted a near wire to wire victory.

Klay Thompson, returning to the lineup after a two game absence due to knee soreness, sparked Golden State from the outset, leading all scorers with 39 points including nine of his 11 three-point attempts.

The Warriors reestablished their dominance with a late second quarter run that stretched their lead to 67-50 at half time behind the hot shooting of Thompson and Kevin Durant. Thompson had 27 at the break including 6-7 shooting from behind the arc. Durant added 16 while shooting 6-8 from the field.

DeMarcus Cousins also made a huge contribution in the post, holding Denver’s All-Star center Nikola Jokic to 16 points and just five rebounds. Cousins solid line included six blocks and three steals, complimenting 13 points, six rebounds and six assists. Durant finished with 26 on the night while Steph Curry added 17. Draymond Green pitched in ten rebounds for the Warriors.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins had a huge all-around game Friday, posting six blocks and three steals, along with 13 points, six rebounds and six assists during Golden States 122-105 win over the Denver Nuggets at Oracle.

Malik Beasley and Monte Morris paced the Nuggets with 17 points each off the bench, while Mason Plumlee added 12 boards.

After the game, Thompson weighed in on the Warriors track record of bad starts to begin games, “I am sick of hearing about our slow starts and all that stuff. It is nice to change the pace and we got out to a big lead that we were able to sustain. When we play ahead like that I think we are so hard to beat, so hopefully we continue this trend towards the end of the regular season.” He added, “I just play with energy, those two games (missed due to injury) felt like an eternity and you miss it when your teammates and friends are out there competing, so for me it is about playing with energy and passion and focus because then other parts of my game will open up.”

Meanwhile, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was effusive in his praise of both Thompson and Cousins. Speaking of Thompson, he stated, “He impacted the game in so many ways. He obviously had 39 points, but it’s his defense too. Chasing ball handlers over those high screens, being physical, using his length and intelligence to make guys uncomfortable. It was huge having Klay back. He was amazing. He was awesome.”

Asked about Cousins all-around game, Kerr said, “I thought DeMarcus was great with the six blocks and the three steals. He was all over the place defensively. Then he finally got that three to go down and put his hands to the heavens. He’s been great. His approach, his attitude, he’s a joy to coach and he’s passionate. Sometimes he’s out there just yelling and screaming at the world. I love coaching him. He’s really been good for our group and the last couple days just energizing the other guys. He’s still finding his way with our team and the way we play, but he’s doing a great job.”

The Warriors return to action on Sunday night hosting the Phoenix Suns at Oracle. They game tips off at 5:30 pm.

GAME NOTES:

The Warriors improved to 12-1 in games started by Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins.

The Warriors improved to 14-6 this season in games following a loss. They also improved to 28-3 in games when it scores 120-or-more points this season.

Golden State made 53.6 percent of its field goal attempts and improved to 26-1 this season when shooting 50 percent-or-better from the field


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KD, Warriors Big Three, Heat up just in time to hold off Miami https://martineztribune.com/2019/02/10/kd-warriors-big-three-heat-up-just-in-time-to-hold-off-miami/ Mon, 11 Feb 2019 06:06:55 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=10531 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Pushed to the limit by a game Miami squad locked in a battle for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the Warriors staged their largest comeback of the year to pull out a 120-118 win over the Heat at Oracle Arena Sunday night. ©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Golden State’s Kevin Durant goes …

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BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

Pushed to the limit by a game Miami squad locked in a battle for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the Warriors staged their largest comeback of the year to pull out a 120-118 win over the Heat at Oracle Arena Sunday night.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Golden State’s Kevin Durant goes up for a shot on the way to a game high 39 points during the Warriors 120-108 win over the Miami Heat Sunday night at Oracle.

Golden State came out cold, falling behind 26-7 before rallying to close the gap to ten points by the end of the first quarter and finally tying the game for the first time with just over two minutes remaining in the half.

The game was in doubt until the final minute. Dwyane Wade, in his final visit to Oracle before retiring, blocked a Kevin Durant shot to start a fast break and scored on an outlet pass seconds later to put the Heat up 116-115 with 55 seconds remaining.

Miami’s Josh Richardson then stole the ball from Draymond Green to increase the lead to three, but Durant came back to pop a 26 footer for three to tie the game.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Miami’s Dwyane Wade drives to the basket Sunday night during his final game at Oracle Arena before retiring after the season. Wade had a solid game, but the Warriors pulled out a 120-118 win over the Heat.

Still the game remained up for grabs until the closing seconds as DeMarcus Cousins drained a pair of free throws with only five seconds left on the clock to create the final margin, before the Heat’s Dion Waiters missed a long three that would’ve given Miami the win just before the final buzzer.

Rebounding was a large part of the problem for the Warriors. Miami dominated the boards by a 52-36 margin, holding the Warriors to a season low total.

The Warriors big three of Durant, Klay Thompson and Steph Curry combined for 93 points, Durant led the way with 39 on 15-22 shooting from the field, including 25 in the second half. Thompson added 29 while Curry tallied 25. Green contributed a season-high tying 14 assists.

Richardson paced Miami with a career high 37 points that included 8-11 shooting from three point range. Dion Waiters added a season high 24 while Justice Winslow tallied 22. Hassan Whiteside aided the Heat’s solid effort with 13 points and 14 rebounds, while Wade bid the Bay Area farewell with a ten point, six rebound, nine assist effort.

After the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was asked about the close call and the comeback. ““We warned our guys before the game about what a tough team this is to play. Miami, every year, no matter what their roster looks like, they’re one of the best defensive clubs and most disciplined clubs. They just compete and they play hard.”

Commenting on the shooting of Golden State’s Durant and Thompson he added, “Kevin carried us for much of that game. He was tremendous. Huge three down the stretch and several big shots in the fourth. Klay, I thought, carried us early in that fourth quarter. We weren’t playing very well, but he made a few big shots just to keep the momentum going. That’s who they are. There is a reason why they are all going to Charlotte next week for the All-Star Game.”

GAME NOTES:

The Warriors improved to 40-15 overall and 21-7 at home this season with their 15th win in their past 16 games. Golden State also became the first team in the Western Conference to crack the 40 win mark.

Golden State improved to 8-0 in games featuring the starting lineup of Stephen Curry, DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.

Andre Iguodala was a late scratch as he continues to experience tightness in his left hamstring after tweaking it Friday night in Phoenix.

Jersey No.16 was retired by the Warriors on this date in 1977 in honor of Al Attles. Attles played with the Philadelphia and San Francisco Warriors from 1960-1971, and has been affiliated with the franchise as a coach, general manager and Ambassador ever since.

Draymond Green set a franchise record with 10 steals on this date in 2017. Green became the first player in NBA history to notch a triple-double without a double-digit point total, adding 10 assists and 10 rebounds. He also had five blocks.

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