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Kevin Durant leads Warriors past scrappy Hawks, 105-100


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant had 25 points and 14 rebounds, Draymond Green blocked two shots in the final 43.4 seconds and the Golden State Warriors held off the Atlanta Hawks and their strong bench 105-100 on Monday night for a 12th straight victory.

Stephen Curry scored 25 points with four 3-pointers, and Klay Thompson added 20 points as Golden State’s Big Three each reached 20 points for the second consecutive game.

The Warriors won their seventh straight home game and fifth in a row against Atlanta at Oracle Arena while welcoming back Green from a one-game absence while injured.

Durant knocked down a 3-pointer with 2:57 left in the third quarter that pulled Golden State to 76-73. Then, as the period wound down, he dribbled over midcourt and found Ian Clark for a long 3 to beat the buzzer and cut Atlanta’s advantage to 81-80.

Durant’s jumper to start the fourth put the Warriors ahead, and Andre Iguodala followed with back-to-back baskets. Iguodala finished with 12 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Dennis Schroder scored 24 points for the Hawks, and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 10 against his father’s former team. Dwight Howard added 14 points and 16 rebounds, while Paul Millsap had 14 points and 14 boards.

Durant recorded a double-double in consecutive games for the second time this season and had his sixth performance with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Yet in the first half, the Warriors hardly looked like their usual efficient selves on either end and trailed at halftime for the fourth time and second at home. They committed 11 turnovers that led to 16 points for Atlanta, got burned on defense while giving up easy baskets and missed their own open looks in shooting just 45.2 percent.

Green returned after missing Saturday’s hard-fought win against Minnesota because of a bruised left ankle sustained in a collision a night earlier at the Lakers that left Clark with a throat injury. Clark also sat out Saturday.

Green quickly made an impact in this one, forcing a turnover on Atlanta’s first possession and emphatically pointing to signal it was Golden State’s ball. He dished out seven assists and first made a big block against Schroder before stuffing Kent Bazemore to finish with four blocks.

Malcolm Delaney and Thabo Sefolosha scored nine points apiece as Atlanta’s bench contributed 37, but the Hawks lost for the sixth time in seven games since beginning the season 9-2.


Some fans lined up in their cars at the Oracle gates at lunchtime for a chance to be among the first 10,000 to receive the first Durant bobblehead with the Warriors.

At the gates where the coveted dolls waited, members of the event staff closely guarded the special souvenirs.


Hawks: They dropped to 4-1 on the second night of back-to-backs. … Atlanta is 0-3 on the road against Western Conference teams and hasn’t beaten the Warriors away from home since Feb. 25, 2011. … The Hawks held a 51-41 rebounding advantage, falling to 8-3 when winning the battle on the boards.

Warriors: Golden State is 5-0 vs. Eastern Conference teams after going 27-3 against the East last season. … Durant was chosen Western Conference Player of the Week, his 25th such honor and first since joining Golden State. During a 4-0 week by the Warriors, he averaged 24.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 2.75 blocks and a steal in 32.3 minutes. … The Warriors recalled C Damian Jones from the D-League Santa Cruz Warriors but he was inactive and will play again in the D-League before getting any Warriors action, coach Steve Kerr said. … Golden State finished below 30 assists for the second straight game after going 10 in a row with 30 or more.


Watch Josh McRoberts’ bounce-pass assist through Kelly Olynyk’s legs


The game itself was not terribly interesting. Boston went on an 18-4 run in the second quarter to open up a comfortable lead at home against Miami, and the outcome never felt seriously in doubt after that moment.

But the highlight of the game goes to Miami’s Josh McRoberts, who got the ball out near the top of the key and nutmegged Kelly Olynyk with the bounce pass to a cutting Goran Dragic for the bucket. It’s a thing of beauty. The best Miami highlight of the night, even better than this Hassan Whiteside dunk.

Utah’s Trey Lyles drives, Gorgui Deng isn’t going to stop dunk

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It can get overshadowed at times by Rudy Gobert‘s blocks or Gordon Hayward‘s dunk, but Trey Lyles is playing well for the Utah Jazz this season.

He’s added to his skills set — we saw it at Summer League, and you can see it on the play above. Lyles just bodies up then spins and drives by Ricky Rubio like he’s not there. Minnesota’s Gorgui Deng rotates over, but he’s not going to stop this.

Utah picked up the 112-103 win, behind a combined 48 points on 29 shots from Gordon Hayward and George Hill.

Watch Russell Westbrook rack up third straight triple-double


Russell Westbrook now averages a triple-double — for the season.

Westbrook put on a show at Madison Square Garden recording his third-straight triple-double with 27 points, 18 assists, and 14 rebounds leading the Thunder to a 112-103 win against the Knicks. Westbrook was 9-of-23 shooting, but he got some help from Enes Kanter who had 27 points on 17 shots off the bench.

Westbrook needed 11 rebounds in this game to average a triple-double on the young season, and he got there. Officially he is at 30.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 11.2 assists per game. The last person to average a triple-double for a season was Oscar Robertson, but ESPN’s Ryen Russillo makes a good point about the comparison.

Toronto’s Pascal Siakam with as fierce a blocked shot as you will see

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It’s a common line on a big block: “He sent that into the fourth row.” It’s a colorful bit of hyperbole.

Toronto’s Pascal Siakam literally sent Philadephia’s Gerald Henderson‘s shot into the fifth row (by my count on the video). That is a vicious rejection by the rookie.

With no Joel Embiid in the game tonight (rest on a back-to-back, glad someone picked up the slack and got us some blocks. Toronto led by 11 at the half.