JIMMY BUTLER – Martinez Tribune https://martineztribune.com The website of the Martinez Tribune. Fri, 08 Feb 2019 03:12:57 -0800 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 Sixers spoil Cousins home debut, snap Warriors winning streak https://martineztribune.com/2019/01/31/sixers-spoil-cousins-home-debut-snap-warriors-winning-streak/ Fri, 01 Feb 2019 07:44:48 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=10383 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Returning to Oracle Arena riding a season-high 11 game winning streak, the Warriors were ambushed by the Philadelphia 76ers Thursday night 113-104, spoiling the home debut of DeMarcus Cousins. ©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Golden State’s Kevin Durant drives to the basket during the Warriors 113-104 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers at Oracle Arena. Durant …

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BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

Returning to Oracle Arena riding a season-high 11 game winning streak, the Warriors were ambushed by the Philadelphia 76ers Thursday night 113-104, spoiling the home debut of DeMarcus Cousins.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Golden State’s Kevin Durant drives to the basket during the Warriors 113-104 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers at Oracle Arena. Durant finished with 25 points, but it wasn’t enough to maintain the Warriors 11 game winning streak.

Fresh off of sweeping a five game road trip, Golden State appeared to be in sync throughout the first half, taking a 60-53 lead into the locker room, behind 23 points from Steph Curry. But the third quarter, usually a strong spot for the Warriors, proved to be their undoing as the Sixers outscored them by a margin of 42-26.

Curry led the way for the Warriors with 41 points, going 10-18 from three point range. But the rest of the team shot a paltry 1-20 from behind the arc. It’s the first time the Warriors have lost with Curry scoring 10 or more three pointers since the 2013 season.

Kevin Durant added 25 points while Kevon Looney tallied 14 off the bench. Cousins, going up against one of the premiere centers in the game in just his sixth game back, played a season high 25 minutes for the second game in a row as he continues his comeback from a season ending achilles injury last season. He finished with seven points to go along with six rebounds and six assists.

Golden State was also badly outplayed on the boards. The Sixers out rebounded them 49-37, led by All-Star center Joel Embiid’s 26 point, 20 rebound effort. Ben Simmons also scored 26 to go along with eight rebounds and six assists. JJ Redick added 15.

After the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr made no excuses. “We weren’t there mentally and we weren’t there competitively and we got what we deserved. They totally outplayed us in the second half. We should have had a much bigger lead at halftime, but we got really carless and then they took it to us in the second half. We weren’t ready. We didn’t respond with competitive desire, intelligence and execution. We got what we deserved.”

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER DeMarcus Cousins closes in on the basket for a slam dunk, his first points in his Oracle debut as a member of the Warriors, during the 76ers 113-104 win over Golden State Thursday night.

The 104 point output was the least the Warriors have scored since their Christmas Day massacre against the Lakers. They are now 0-9 on the season when being held to 105 points or less.

Next up is a Saturday evening rematch with those same Lakers. LeBron James returned to action Thursday for the first time since injuring his groin during his last visit to Oracle. Tip-Off for the nationally televised game on ABC is slated for 5:30pm.

GAME NOTES:

Steph Curry’s 213 three-pointers make him the first player in NBA history to surpass the 200 plateau in seven straight seasons.

The Warriors 11 game winning streak was the longest in the NBA this season. This is the sixth straight season Golden State has had a double-digit winning streak, tying the San Antonio Spurs for the longest streak in the history of the four major professional sports.

Tonight was the first time Philadelphia has won a game against Golden State since March 2, 2013. 

The Sixers 42 points in tonight’s third quarter was the most the Warriors have allowed to any opponent in that quarter this season.

Draymond Green posted a team-high eight rebounds and a game-high 10 assists, his ninth double-digit assist game of the season.

Alfonzo McKinnie made his first NBA start, scoring 11 points on a perfect five-of-five from the field. McKinnie was thrust into the starting lineup due to Klay Thompson missing his first game of the season due to illness.

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Warriors big 3rd Quarter helps steamroll T-Wolves https://martineztribune.com/2017/11/09/warriors-big-3rd-quarter-helps-steamroll-t-wolves/ Thu, 09 Nov 2017 09:05:51 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=7798 BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Taking advantage of a season high 57 points off the bench to offset the absence of Kevin Durant, the Warriors broke open a close game in the third quarter to blow out the Minnesota Timberwolves 125-101 Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. Down by one at halftime, Golden State came out smoking in …

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©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Draymond Green drives to the basket during the Warriors 125-101 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night at Oracle Arena.
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Draymond Green drives to the basket during the Warriors 125-101 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night at Oracle Arena.

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

Taking advantage of a season high 57 points off the bench to offset the absence of Kevin Durant, the Warriors broke open a close game in the third quarter to blow out the Minnesota Timberwolves 125-101 Wednesday night at Oracle Arena.

Down by one at halftime, Golden State came out smoking in the third quarter scoring a season high 44 points to take a 17 point lead into the last 12 minutes of the game and break the Wolves five game winning streak.

Improving to 9-3 with their eight win in their last nine games, the Warriors were a different team after the break,bouncing back from a sloppy first half in which they allowed 15 Timberwolves points off of turnovers. It was also their fifth straight win by 17 or more points, only the second time the team has achieved that in franchise history.

Klay Thompson led all scorers with 28 points, including 6 three pointers. Steph Curry added 22 while Omri Casspi scored a season high 13. Andre Iguodala, making his first start in nearly two seasons in place of the injured Durant, tallied 11.

Playing their first regular season game against the Warriors after meeting in China during the preseason, Minnesota came into the contest atop their division, seemingly revitalized by the offseason addition of Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls to their young core of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. But on Wednesday the trio could only muster a combined 44 points. Wiggins led the way with 17 while Towns added 16 points to go along with 12 rebounds.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER David West finishes off a slam dunk in front of the  Minnesota Timberwolves Nemanja Bjelica during the Warriors win at Oracle Arena Wednesday night.
©DANIEL GLUSKOTER David West finishes off a slam dunk in front of the Minnesota Timberwolves Nemanja Bjelica during the Warriors win at Oracle Arena Wednesday night.

After the game, Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau was quick to credit the Warriors while noting the need for further improvement from his own team. “You’ve got to give them credit, but I also thought we hurt ourselves. To beat a team like this, you have to play for 48 minutes. We didn’t do that. I think you learn a lot from playing against them because that’s what a championship team looks like. I think their willingness to sacrifice and play for each other is what makes them great. They take good shots. They make the game easy for each other. When you do that, the results will be good.”

Meanwhile, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was effusive in his praise for the contributions of his bench. “I actually kind of like these games when we have to sit somebody in a weird way. It’s good for our team. We are lucky we are in a position where we have so much talent that we can afford to miss one of our main guys and still be able to compete at a high level.”

Kerr added, “On a night like this, it allows guys like Casspi and Young to step in there and get good minutes. It’s good for morale and it’s good for individual development. It forces the group to play together when you are missing one of your main guys. We are fortunate to be able to, with our depth and our talent, make up for the loss of a great player.”

Next up, the Warriors return to action Saturday night at Oracle against the rejuvenated Philadelphia 76ers.

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