Sport Kevin Durant leads depleted Warriors to win over Charlotte

06:20  07 december  2017
06:20  07 december  2017 Source:   SF Gate

Kevin Durant weighs in on playing without Stephen Curry

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The Warriors ’ Kevin Durant drives past Charlotte ’s Spencer Hawes (left) and Michael Kidd- Gilchrist in the first half. Durant led all scorers with 33 to help Golden State avoid its first two-game skid since more. The Warriors won 113-103. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) less.

CHARLOTTE — Blue No. 30 Warriors jerseys dotted a capacity Spectrum Center crowd Wednesday night. Those Stephen Curry fans had come to see the hometown hero, only to learn that he would be out with a sprained right ankle.

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Kevin Durant scored 33 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, and Stephen Curry added 28 in his annual homecoming game as the Warriors outscored the Hornets 38-23 in the final The Warriors (39-7) have now won eight of their last nine, 12 of their last 14, and are 19-3 over their last 22 games.

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What they saw instead was Golden State’s other former MVP, Kevin Durant, reinforce that he is still one of the best players in the world. In leading the Warriors to a 101-87 win over the Hornets, Durant poured in a season-high 35 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his ninth career triple-double (second with Golden State).

BOX SCORE: WARRIORS 101, HORNETS 87

Klay Thompson was a worthy sidekick, chipping in 22 points on 9-for-14 shooting on a night the Warriors never trailed. Golden State has now started a road trip 5-0 for the third time in the Steve Kerr era.

Golden State shot 47.6 percent from the field, including 11-for-30 from three-point range, while forcing Charlotte into 63 misses. A Hornets team that entered Wednesday averaging 105.4 points per game was held under 90 points for just the third time this season.

Durant leads short-handed Warriors past Portland 111-104

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Kevin Durant , who was named Finals MVP, led the way with a Finals career-high 39 points (14-of-20 shooting) seven rebounds and five assists as the Warriors hoisted their second Larry O'Brien Trophy in three years.

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For the first time since five right ankle sprains limited Curry’s 2011-12 season to 26 games, the Warriors are trying to weather an extended regular-season stretch without the face of the franchise.

Going at least two weeks without a player of Curry’s caliber would doom most teams, but Golden State is built to survive a crisis. It has three other All-Stars in their prime, including Durant, to help make up Curry’s 26.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

What was already a challenge was only made more daunting when forward Draymond Green (right shoulder soreness) and guard Patrick McCaw (nose contusion/concussion) were ruled out before tip-off. Point guard Quinn Cook, recalled hours earlier from the G League, earned his first career NBA start. Filling in for Green was rookie Jordan Bell.

Center Zaza Pachulia did not return after heading to the locker room with nagging left shoulder pain less than five minutes into the game, leaving the Warriors without three of their five regular starters. No matter. Even without the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Golden State challenged shooters, cut off driving lanes and held the Hornets to just 18 first-quarter points.

Curry comes through in OT, Warriors outlast Lakers 127-123

  Curry comes through in OT, Warriors outlast Lakers 127-123 After struggling from long range all night, Stephen Curry hit two quick 3-pointers to open overtime and the Golden State Warriors outlasted the Los Angeles Lakers 127-123 on Wednesday.The victory prevented the Warriors from losing two straight games for the first time this season.Kevin Durant led Golden State with 29 points, while Curry added 28 and Klay Thompson 20. Curry had 13 points in overtime.Brandon Ingram scored a career-high 32 to lead the Lakers. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Jordan Clarkson had 21 each, and Julius Randle scored 20.Curry was 1 for 7 on 3-point attempts in regulation.

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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) goes up for an unopposed dunk in the second quarter of an NBA basketball It was Golden State’s third convincing win over the Thunder in three meetings this season. The Warriors won the first two meetings by 26 and 21 points in Oakland. …

Curry’s absence paved the way for Durant, a future Hall of Famer in his own right, to settle in as the Warriors’ unquestioned leader. At one point late in the first, Durant (16 points) was outscoring Charlotte (12). The eight-time All-Star appeared uninhibited, picking apart the Hornets with a blend of one-on-one isolation plays and spot-up jumpers, as he powered Golden State to a 26-point, second-quarter lead.

It was a feel-good outburst from a player who has been uncharacteristically inconsistent in his second season with the Warriors. Typically one of the league’s more poised All-Stars, he has been ejected three times this season, including twice in three games entering Wednesday. Durant is on pace for a career-high in turnovers.

The Hornets jolted out of their early malaise, outscoring Golden State in the third quarter and trimming their deficit to seven points midway through the fourth, before the Warriors finally pulled away for good. Fans began to file toward the exits after Andre Iguodala converted an And-1 layup with less than five minutes left to put the Warriors up 95-80.

The Warriors have now won the two games they’ve played without Curry by a combined 24 points. Luckily for them, they have Durant to shoulder the load in Curry’s absence.

Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: cletourneau@sfchronicle.com. Twitter: @Con_Chron

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