NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Curry exited the courtroom to 1 final refrain of “MVP! MVP!” chants, a sound that even he thought was bizarre.
It’s, in any case, Kevin Durant’s residence enviornment.
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It was Curry’s evening, although.
Curry had 37 factors, simply successful a matchup of the NBA’s high two scorers when Durant had his worst evening of the season, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Brooklyn Nets 117-99 on Tuesday.
A matchup along with his former teammate had Curry revved up, as did the prospect to bounce again from a loss in Charlotte on Sunday.
“So it’s not the playoffs, however there’s an depth that it’s important to present as much as beat a workforce like that,” Curry mentioned. “You thrive off that aggressive environment, realizing that there’s quite a lot of expertise on the ground.”
Durant got here in main the league with 29.6 factors per sport, however he managed solely 19, the primary time all season he didn’t hit 20. He shot 0 for 8 within the decisive third quarter and completed 6 for 19 after sitting the fourth.
“They obtained lengthy defenders, guys that may assist, so seeing our bodies on a regular basis after I had the ball, that’s what nice defenses do. After which some photographs I want I may’ve had again,” Durant mentioned. “I rushed a couple of as soon as we obtained down 15, 20. I’m attempting to get it again so quick you find yourself taking dangerous photographs and rushed photographs.”
Curry virtually caught his former teammate for the NBA scoring lead, making 9 3-pointers and elevating his common to twenty-eight.7 per sport. Durant dropped to twenty-eight.9.
A lot of his struggles had been because of the protection of Draymond Inexperienced, the previous Defensive Participant of the 12 months.
“I wished that problem,” Inexperienced mentioned, saying he was “fairly first rate” with it.
He was means higher than that.
“You possibly can’t do a greater job defensively than what Draymond did tonight,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr mentioned.
Curry was 12 for 19 general, with followers loudly cheering his lengthy photographs and giving him “MVP! MVP!” chants whereas Durant and the house workforce misfired.
Andrew Wiggins added 19 factors for the Warriors, who improved their NBA-best report to 12-2.
James Harden scored 24 factors for the Nets, who got here residence from a 5-1 highway journey and fell flat within the nationally televised matchup. Durant received each conferences final season towards the Warriors, his first enjoying for Brooklyn after leaving Golden State.
However this can be a a lot improved Warriors workforce this season and confirmed it off throughout a dominant third quarter after they outscored the Nets 35-18 after a detailed first half.
Wiggins had the primary two baskets of the third and Curry the subsequent two, pushing a five-point result in 71-58. Each needed to go to the bench through the interval with their fourth fouls, however the Warriors did a few of their finest work with out them.
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Golden State had an 18-5 run and held Brooklyn to only one subject aim in a span of greater than six minutes. Andre Iguodala beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer to finish the quarter, making it 98-76.
Curry then made back-to-back photographs from 30 toes early within the fourth to place it away.
Golden State shot 13 of 18 (72%) within the third, whereas the Nets had been 5 for 22.
The sport was performed at a excessive stage initially in entrance of a decidedly break up crowd that grew louder with every make as Curry hit his first 4 3-pointers. The Nets made their first six photographs of the sport and led 34-31 after one, with each Durant and Curry having 12 factors.
Wiggins made 3-pointers for the ultimate two baskets of the half, one on the buzzer giving Golden State a 63-58 lead.
Warriors: Curry’s first basket of the sport was his 2,900th 3-pointer. He’s approaching Ray Allen’s NBA report of two,973. … Inexperienced had 11 factors, eight assists and 6 rebounds.
Nets: Patty Mills made his first begin of the season instead of Joe Harris, who has a sprained left ankle. Coach Steve Nash mentioned Harris would in all probability miss a couple of video games earlier than his ankle was examined once more. Brooklyn had used the identical beginning lineup in earlier 11 video games. … Bruce Brown scored 14 factors.
Kerr mentioned Klay Thompson performed 5-on-5 again in San Francisco on Monday and was anticipated to take action once more Wednesday. The star guard hasn’t performed because the 2019 NBA Finals due to a knee after which an Achilles tendon damage.
STILL THE SAME
Kerr was requested if Durant was a greater participant now than throughout his three seasons with the Warriors, when he was twice the NBA Finals MVP earlier than rupturing his Achilles tendon in Recreation 5 of the 2019 finals.
“He was fairly rattling good then, so he doesn’t look any completely different to me and that’s after an Achilles damage that stored him out for a yr and a half,” Kerr mentioned. “In order that’s saying one thing. However I don’t suppose you may inform he had an damage, given his capability, his velocity, his explosion.”
Warriors: Go to Cleveland on Thursday.
Nets: Host Cleveland on Wednesday.
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