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Utah’s Derrick Favors slams, Andre Roberson can’t get out of way (VIDEO)

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Derrick Favors is quietly having a tremendous season in Utah, averaging 17.2 points a night on 54 percent shooting, plus grabbing 8.9 boards a game. He has matured into one of the better big men in the NBA.

You don’t need to tell Oklahoma City’s Andre Roberson that, he saw it first hand.

Favors set the pick for Trey Burke then rolled down the lane, got the pass and went straight to the rim for the dunk. Everyone was late, but Roberson was under the basket and got the worst of it.

OKC went on to win a tight game 94-90 behind 24 points from Russell Westbrook.

Draymond Green joins 5×5 club in win over Boston

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Boston gave Golden State everything they could handle on Friday night, taking the game to double overtime before the Warriors survived with a 124-119 win to improve to 24-0 on the season. With good reason, a lot of the postgame attention went to Stephen Curry and his 38 points (on 9-of-27 shooting, Boston did a good job on him).

But Draymond Green‘s line was huge: 25 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists, five steals and five blocks — a rare 5×5 game. The last person to have a 5×5 was Nicolas Batum in 2012. Green becomes only the third player in the last 40 years to have at least 20-10-5-5-5 in a game, joining Hakeem Olajuwon and Derrick Coleman.

Green knew what he had done, speaking to Jeff Zillgitt of the USA Today.

“Never been part of that club,” he said, smiling that big Draymond Green smile shortly after the Golden State Warriors outlasted the Boston Celtics 124-119 in double overtime Friday as Golden State remained unbeaten at 24-0 and extended the best start to a season in NBA history.

 

Kevin Garnett becomes NBA’s all-time leader in defensive rebounds

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It happened just minutes into Denver’s eventual win over Minnesota: Kenneth Faried missed a shot in close to the rim and Kevin Garnett went up and grabbed the rebound.

With that KG had 11,409 defensive rebounds and he passed Karl Malone for the NBA’s all-time lead in that category. Through his two decades in the league, Garnett has always been strong on the defensive glass, grabbing 26 percent of his rebound opportunities there.

If you’re wondering how Garnett and Malone have more defensive boards than Wilt Chamberlain or Bill Russell, know that the NBA didn’t start keeping the defensive rebound stat until 1974.

Curry, Warriors beat Boston 124-119 in 2OT, improve to 24-0

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BOSTON (AP) — The Golden State Warriors needed two overtimes to remain perfect on a very imperfect night from the NBA’s reigning Most Valuable Player.

Stephen Curry scored 38 points with 11 rebounds and eight assists and the Warriors improved to 24-0 this season by outlasting the Boston Celtics 124-119 Friday night.

Counting the wins in their final four games last season, the defending NBA champions have taken 28 in a row. They broke a tie with the 2012-13 Miami Heat for the second-longest winning streak in league history, and now trail only the 33 straight by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1971-72.

“Everybody contributed,” Curry said. “Huge win.”

And the Warriors did it despite his worst-shooting night of the season.

Curry made only 9 of 27 shots from the field. But he was 6 for 13 from 3-point range and a perfect 14 of 14 from the free throw line, sinking a pair of foul shots with 13.4 seconds left to give the Warriors a three-point lead – his only points of the second overtime.

“Nothing was pretty about this game,” he said.

Jae Crowder then missed a 3-pointer to tie it, and Andre Iguodala got the rebound and drew the foul. That sent the Boston fans to the exits, but the Golden State crowd remained to see Iguodala sink both free throws and keep the winning streak alive.

The Warriors play the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night to complete a seven-game road trip. No NBA team has ever gone 7-0 on a single road trip.

Kelly Olynyk scored 28 points for Boston, and Avery Bradley had 19 while guarding Curry much of the night. Isaiah Thomas had 18 points and 10 assists, and Jared Sullinger had 13 rebounds for Boston, which had won two in a row and six of its previous eight games.

Draymond Green scored 24 points with 11 rebounds, eight assists and five blocked shots. Iguodala scored 13 with 10 boards and Festus Ezeli had 12 and 12 for Golden State, which was playing without injured Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes.

The game brought a playoff atmosphere and a sold-out crowd to the new Boston Garden, but this time the loyalties were more divided than usual. Although the Celtics’ green still dominated, there was plenty of Golden State blue as well.

Fans crowded around the Golden State end of the court during warmups to watch the defending NBA champions and their star. During introductions, the Celtics rooters struggled to drown out the cheers for Curry.

After the game, Golden State fans remained long after the final buzzer, cheering Curry when he went to the locker room after his postgame, on-court TV interview.

“Now I can admit I’m tired,” Curry said. “We’ll dig deep for tomorrow.”

TIP-INS: New England Patriots players Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman and LeGarrette Blount were in the crowd. … The Celtics went 2 for 7 from the free throw line in the first half. … Barnes missed his seventh straight game. … Curry had eight turnovers – three of them when he stepped out of bounds in the fourth quarter and overtimes.

 

Remembering John “Hot Rod” Williams (VIDEO)

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Former Cavalier John “Hot Rod” Williams lost his battle with cancer and passed away on Friday at the age of 53.

He had a good NBA career, playing on some strong Cavaliers teams in the 1990s, a guy who was a defensive specialist and was beloved by fans for his effort on the court. This is a video tribute to him put out by the NBA.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends in this difficult time.