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Instant Replay: Lakers 118, Warriors 115 (OT)

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Instant Replay: Lakers 118, Warriors 115 (OT)

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ORACLE ARENA – So much has changed, yet so little has changed.

As the Warriors continue to chase that elusive “for real” tag, a win against the Los Angeles Lakers could have acted as a marker of sorts in the evolution of the team.

But Kobe Bryant can be too persistent.

Bryant scored 34 points on 41 shots as the visiting Lakers snatched a 118-115 overtime victory against the Warriors on Saturday night.

“We are very disappointed, but we can’t get too low,” said Stephen Curry, who finished with 20 points in the loss. “We’ve been playing some great basketball in the first part of the season.”

This time around, it was supposed to be different. The Los Angeles Lakers were drowning; the Golden State Warriors were surging.

It appeared that the power shift was moving north to Oakland, but despite holding a 14-point lead into the fourth quarter, the Lakers hit too many big shots down the stretch and the Warriors couldn’t hold on in the extra time.

It was the first time the Warriors lost after leading heading into the fourth quarter.

The stabilizing force was Jarrett Jack, whose 29 points off the bench included a number of clutch shots throughout the night. After the game, it was the veteran Jack who was talking to young players, such Festus Ezeli and Curry, sharing the need to not dwell on losses.

“The NBA is a bunch of ups and downs,” said Jack, who was 13-for-19 on the night. “It’s about peaks and valleys and you just try to stay as straight-and-narrow as you can, put it behind you and move forward.”

Obviously, Bryant has never been a timid shooter in his all-time great career. Bryant went into video game mode on Saturday night, connecting on 16-for-41 shots for his 34 points. He also added 10 rebounds and five assists.

“When a guy puts up 41 shots, he is going to make some of them,” Warriors rookie Harrison Barnes said. “You can play the best defense possible but he’s going to hit tough shots. You’ve just got to live with that.”

Running through the final minutes of the fourth quarter is like attempting to transcribe a boxing match. Each team did it’s best to deliver a knockout punch, only to watch the other continue to stand and punch back.

After trailing by as many as 14 points, Jodie Meeks hit a three-pointer to give the Lakers a 98-97 lead. The teams traded baskets and the Warriors held a one-point lead until Metta World Peace's three-pointer with 24 seconds remaining gave the Lakers a 108-106 advantage. Jack answered with a 19-footer to tie the game at 108-108 before Bryant missed to end regulation.

The Lakers took control in overtime as Bryant scored six OT points to put the game out of reach for Golden State. Steve Nash hit big buckets late in the game in his return, and had 12 points and nine assists in 40 minutes.

The Warriors held the lead early and went on a 14-0 run during a three-minute span late in the first half and led 61-49 with 1:13 remaining in the second quarter.

The Warriors led 61-53 at halftime, powered by Jack’s 18 points on 8-for-11 in the first half. The Warriors turned the ball over 10 times in the first quarter but just once in the second quarter. The Warriors finished with 20 turnovers.

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Durant rips referee after ejection against Knicks: 'He was searching for me'

Durant rips referee after ejection against Knicks: 'He was searching for me'

With 2:50 left in Tuesday's game against the Knicks, Kevin Durant was ejected.

It's the fourth time this season that he's been thrown out of a game.

After the Warriors' 123-112 win, Durant didn't bite his tongue when asked about what happened between him and referee James Williams.

"In the first half, I was dribbling up the right side, I made a left to right cross. He said I carried, ah, you kinda let that go. I asked him 'Where'd you get the carry from?' He said 'You froze the defender.' I said 'That's what a crossover is for.' And that's why I do it, to freeze my defender. And he tried to make a bunch of excuses and I told him he was wrong," Durant said. "He went to halftime probably with an attitude and the second half, his whole thing was, he's trying to get me. So, look at my first tech. I got the rebound, dribbled the ball hard and he teched me up. He was searching for me, he lookin' to try to tech me up to get me back because he's still in his feelings from the first half. That's what been going on around the league the whole year, a bunch of that. I gotta keep my head a little bit, but I was upset."

Draymond Green attempted to hold Durant back prior to the ejection. Durant was asked about that after the game and was able to laugh about it.

"The irony," Durant said to much laughter from reporters at Oracle.

"I was not trying to hear it. He was right in doing so. I didn't want to get teched up or thrown out,  but I did want him to hear what I had to say," Durant said.

Durant can expect to hear from the league office regarding his comments.

LeBron joins 30,000-point club with buzzer-beater vs Spurs

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LeBron joins 30,000-point club with buzzer-beater vs Spurs

SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James has joined the NBA's 30,000-point club.

James became the seventh player with 30,000 career points when he hit a jumper with one second left in the first quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' game against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.

James was recognized by the arena before the second quarter and got a standing ovation from Spurs fans. James patted his heard and said "thank you so much."

James needed seven points Tuesday to get there. He missed his first two midrange jumpers before making two driving layups and a 20-footer. He hit the milestone jumper over Danny Green from 19 feet out.

The 33-year-old James joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Dirk Nowitzki (30,808) on the list.

At 33 years and 24 days, James is the youngest to reach the mark. Bryant was 34 years and 104 days when he got there.

The 14-time All-Star has averaged 27.1 points since breaking into the league as an 18-year-old in 2003.