Instant Replay: Warriors roar back in second to down Blazers

Instant Replay: Warriors roar back in second to down Blazers


OAKLAND -- The Warriors made it hard on themselves Wednesday night, but they still came away with their ninth consecutive victory at Oracle Arena.

With Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant combining for 65 points, the Warriors held on for a 125-117 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Curry finished with 35 points, while Durant poured in 30. Klay Thompson tossed in 14 and Zaza Pachulia 13 as the Warriors (31-5) defeated Portland for the third time this season and the fifth time in a row.

The Warriors recorded 31 assists, the 25th game in which they’ve posted at least 30.

Guard CJ McCollum scored 35 points -- 26 in the first half -- to lead the Blazers (15-22), who were playing without star point guard Damian Lillard.


On a night of sporadic defense and Curry somewhat neutralizing his tremendous offense with five turnovers, Durant’s efficiency and two-way game were once again nothing less than marvelous.

Durant’s line: 30 points (9-of-16 shooting from the field, including 3-of-8 from deep, 9-of-9 from the line), five rebounds, four assists, three blocks and one steal. He played 38 minutes and finished plus-22.

For good measure, Durant’s defense was a major factor in the Warriors holding McCollum to 9 points after halftime.


After Portland went ahead 74-70 with 10:42 left in the third quarter, the responded with an 11-0 run to take an 81-74 lead on a reverse layup by Curry with 8:18 left in the quarter.

The Warriors kept the lead at seven (99-92) at the end of the quarter and went ahead as much as 13 in the fourth. The Trail Blazers got no closer than five in the fourth quarter.


It was the 200th game of Steve Kerr’s coaching career. His record (171-29) is the best in NBA history through 200 games.


Warriors: No injuries were listed.

Blazers: G Damian Lillard (L ankle sprain) was listed as doubtful and downgraded to out 90 minutes before tipoff. C Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery) was listed as out.


The Warriors return to the court Friday night, when they face the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30.

Why Steph Curry can never, ever chuck his mouthpiece again

Why Steph Curry can never, ever chuck his mouthpiece again

Stephen Curry knows he asked for this one. Begged for it. Wanted it so bad he not only ripped his mouthpiece out of his face but also wound up and fired it in the direction of a game official.

He has to be, and likely is, pleased that the NBA wanted nothing more than a $50,000 bite out of his newly fortified paycheck.

“It was a dumb thing to do. Stupid,” he said after shootaround Monday morning. “Learn from it and try to move on and be better.”

It was not nearly enough for the league that Curry apologized immediately after the mouthpiece-tossing incident that got him tossed in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 111-101 loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday. Apologies don’t carry much weight in these matters and they are entirely weightless when it’s a second offense.

And that’s what this was, as you may recall Curry flinging his mouthpiece late in Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. He was tossed from that game, too.

Of more importance, and what Curry has to take away from this is that he can’t afford another offense. Ever. Though he surely can afford it monetarily, it would rob the Warriors of their offensive catalyst.

Throwing a mouthpiece once is a forgivable mistake. Doing it twice is a relapse that some may forgive while others definitely will not. Doing it three or more times falls into the selfish category, even if selfishness is not a characteristic fairly applied to the two-time MVP.

It’s conceivable that no one in the NBA gets pushed and grabbed and knocked around as much, without a whistle, as does Curry. Part of this is on him, for not being better at selling calls. Part of it is on officials who typically use a different standard for him than those usually set for MVP-caliber players.

Through it all, and it has gone on for years, Curry rarely says a peep. He plays on, simmering, but staying on task.

“I think people on the outside automatically think that these guys can control everything and be robots and score 35 and be perfectly composed,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Monday morning. “But they’re all human beings, just like the rest of us. There’s going to be times where you lose your mind. There’s going to be times where you get angry and times where you’re in perfect mental and you’re playing at a high level and everything is under control.

But nobody can keep that level 100 percent of the time.”

Curry’s actions Saturday in Memphis were only partly the result of the officiating. The Warriors were losing, again. Curry was committing silly fouls, again. It was a buildup of unfavorable events and he lost it.

“We were playing terrible,” Curry said Monday morning. “I was frustrated because I was fouling. I thought I got fouled on the last play. The reaction was definitely a little over the top.

“Stuff happens. I’m going to try to continue to be myself and show some fire, but do it in a way that doesn’t take away from the team and misrepresent who I am.”

Curry said Monday that he didn’t bother to review his actions because he knew how unbecoming they were. He also expressed regret about lashing out. There was no need to brace for the fine he knew was coming.

Next time, though it won’t be a fine that will take a fraction of his check. Next time, it’ll be a suspension that will take away a piece of the Warriors.

NBA fines Curry and Iguodala for incident in Memphis


NBA fines Curry and Iguodala for incident in Memphis

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Steph Curry owes the NBA some money.

The two-time MVP was fined $50,000 for throwing his mouthpiece near the end of Saturday night's game in Memphis, the league announced.

He won't be suspended.

Andre Iguodala was fined $15,000 for verbally abusing a game official.

"I want to play tonight. Don't think a suspension is necessary," Curry said following shootaround on Monday. "I'm pretty sure based on the precedent that was set last time I threw my mouthpiece, there'll be a fine.

"The timing is getting a little tight thinking about preparing for tonight, but just gotta wait and see."

Curry was fined $25,000 for throwing his mouthpiece during Game 6 of the 2016 Finals.

He did not need to rewatch the incident from Saturday to know he was in the wrong.

"In the grand scheme of things, it's Game 3, we were playing terrible," Curry explained on Monday. "I was frustrated because I was fouling, I thought I got fouled on the last play and the reaction was definitely a little over the top.

"Stuff happens. Try to continue to be myself, show some fire, but do it in a way that doesn't take away from the team and misrepresent who I am."

Kevin Durant -- who was also ejected from the game -- apparently won't receive any additional punishment.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller