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Watch Stephen Curry go 0-of-10 from three, end 157-game streak

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Let’s be honest, we thought Stephen Curry‘s streak of consecutive games with a made three might not end until he retired or the apocalypse, whichever came first. Sure, Curry has his off nights like any human, but a game where he missed every three pointer he took? It didn’t seem like that day would ever come.

Nov. 4, 2016, turned out to be the day. Staples Center in Los Angeles was the place.

He was just off (like the entire Warriors team was). The Lakers contested some of the misses, but he had good looks — I would chart four of those as uncontested. He just missed.

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It was an interesting contrast this week: When the Warriors are focused and motivated they can overwhelm a good team and make them look vastly inferior; but when the Warriors don’t bring their focus the kind of energy a young team can bring will beat them. Right now, the Warriors aren’t bringing it every night.

Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. with poster dunk over David West

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It was not a good night for the Warriors.

They seemed flat and disinterested, while the Lakers looked like a young, athletic team that’s both having fun and showing improvement. The Lakers won for a reason.

Nothing probably encapsulated the night better than Larry Nance Jr.’s monster dunk over David West. It started with a Klay Thompson missed shot (he was 4-of-18 on the night), the Lakers got out and pushed the ball upcourt, the Warriors were sloppy in getting back and matching up, and the result was Nance getting open going down the lane. He all but Heisman’s West on the play.

Lakers fans should be happy with how this young season is shaking out.

Some Chicago fans boo Derrick Rose upon his return

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Over the final couple years he was in Chicago, a healthy chunk of Bulls fans turned on Derrick Rose. There was a sense he wouldn’t play through pain, wasn’t tough (which is ridiculous if you followed his career), and said things that were tone deaf to Bulls fans.

When he returned to the United Center on Friday night as a member of the New York Knicks, those fans let Rose hear it.

During the player introductions there was a mix of boos and cheers for Rose, but when he touched the ball early in the game he was booed (as you can see above).

There was nothing but love and cheers for Joakim Noah, who was also making his return to Chicago.

Rose will not mind because he and the Knicks got the win on the night.

Lakers stun Warriors 117-97, end Stephen Curry’s consecutive game 3-point streak

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lou Williams scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped Stephen Curry‘s NBA-record streak of 157 games with a 3-pointer in a 117-97 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.

Julius Randle had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the rebuilding Lakers, who pulled off their second straight shocking home upset of the mighty Warriors with an impressive effort from their exciting young roster.

Lakers coach Luke Walton also won his first meeting with his former team and his coaching mentor, Steve Kerr.

Curry scored 13 points while going 0 for 10 from 3-point range, ending several incredible long-distance streaks. He had hit a 3-pointer in every regular-season game since Nov. 11, 2014.

Including the postseason, Curry had at least one 3 in 196 straight games, and he had also hit in 116 straight regular-season road games – both NBA records.

Walton was Kerr’s assistant during the Warriors’ 2014-15 championship season and again last year, when he led Golden State to a 39-4 start while Kerr was recovering from a back injury.

Golden State didn’t lose its second game under Walton that year until Dec. 30, but these reconfigured Warriors are off to a 4-2 start with this shocker coming one night after an important victory over Oklahoma City.

The young, exciting Lakers jumped to a 21-point lead in the third quarter with ball movement resembling the Warriors’ style. They fought off star-studded Golden State’s challenge in the fourth quarter with huge games from Williams and Randle, their versatile forward. D'Angelo Russell added 17 points, and rookie Brandon Ingram had 12.

Golden State lost 112-95 to the Lakers at Staples Center in March, one of the biggest regular-season upsets in NBA history and one of the Warriors’ mere nine losses last season.

One night after Kevin Durant scored 39 points against his former Thunder teammates, the Warriors got off to an awfully slow start in LA.

The Warriors scored a season-low 15 points in the first quarter. That’s also the fewest points allowed by the Lakers in any quarter this season.

Golden State missed its first seven 3-pointers, only getting its first on Andre Iguodala‘s buzzer-beater. Durant, Curry and Klay Thompson were a combined 5 for 18.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Durant scored at least 20 points for his 70th straight game, surpassing Michael Jordan’s 1990-91 streak and matching Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the sixth-longest such streak in NBA history. … G Patrick McCaw is still out with an ankle injury. … Drake, Denzel Washington, Dodgers slugger Yasiel Puig and Kings goalie Jonathan Quick were among the crowd that turned out to see the revamped Western Conference champions.

Lakers: Timofey Mozgov played despite a bruise around his left eye, courtesy of an elbow from Indiana’s Jeff Teague earlier this week. The Russian center was considered doubtful for the game after missing Wednesday’s win in Atlanta, but Mozgov played 16 minutes. … The Lakers wore throwback uniforms from their Showtime era, although their current uniforms are only slightly different.

LUKE’S GUYS

Walton couldn’t start work with the Lakers until Golden State lost Game 7 of the NBA Finals last year, but the former Lakers forward immediately set out to build a team with ample use of Kerr’s blueprint. Walton joked that he had been getting trash talk from his former players, and he replied with some of his own.

 

Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki sidelined at least a week with sore Achilles

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The Dallas Mavericks were already off to a rough start — 0-4 coming into Friday, when they lost to Portland at home — but the news got even worse after the game.

Dirk Nowitzki is going to miss at least a week with a sore Achilles.

Here is what Nowitzki himself said, via Tim MacMahon of ESPN.

“It’s been the same for a week now. It gets better on days off, and as soon as I go out there and try to push off, try to show on pick-and-rolls, run backwards, all that stuff is just uncomfortable and sore. So just thought I’d just shut it down. I mean, it makes no sense to keep dragging this for weeks, you know? Obviously, it hasn’t really gotten better, so we’re going to take a few days off and not get on the court, not do all the stuff that makes it sore. And hopefully, I’ll be better in a couple days and we can ramp it back up. But for now, that’s where we’re at. It just hasn’t gotten to the point where I can move well, where I can move pain free, so it just doesn’t make any sense to be out there.”

This is the smart move, pushing through Achilles pain — especially for an older player — can only lead to trouble.

Dallas’ offense and defense both were already in the bottom half of the NBA this season before the injury, this will not help (although Dallas has been better with Nowitzki off the court rather than on so far this season).

With Nowitzki out, expect more Dwight Powell and Quincy Acy.