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Lee leads Warriors past Cavs as Monta struggles

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Lee leads Warriors past Cavs as Monta struggles

BOX SCORE
David Lee kept up his stretch of good basketball, and the Warriors subs contributed for the second consecutive game. The victory pushed the Warriors record to 5-8, and they conclude their four-game road trip with a game Wednesday against New Jersey.Warriors 105, Cavaliers 95Star of the game: David Lee had 13 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter as the Warriors held off Cleveland for their second consecutive road win. It was the fifth consecutive game Lee has scored 20 or more points in a game, the only time hes done that as a Warrior.Key stretch: The Warriors defense helped key this victory by holding the Cavaliers to just 16 points in the fourth quarter and forcing 25 turnovers for the game.Ellis struggles: For the second consecutive game, Warriors shooting guard Monta Ellis struggled in the first half but on Tuesday it lasted for the full 48 minutes.Ellis had just five points in the first half of Sundays victory over the Detroit Pistons, and he had trouble getting anything to go down in the first two quarters against Cleveland.Ellis went just 2-for-9 from the floor through 24 minutes and had nine points at the half. He finished with just 10 points and late in the fourth quarter got hit by an Anderson Varejao elbow and had to leave the game.Warriors coach Mark Jackson said afterwards that X-rays on Ellis nose were negative.It was just a bad shooting night for me, said Ellis, who finished 2-for-12 from the floor. The whole team shot bad. But we did it on the defensive end. I was able to get what I wanted, but the (shots) werent falling.Second unit: The Warriors substitutes are starting develop some chemistry and a little bit of an identity. Nate Robinson brings much of the offensive spark and Brandon Rush, Dominic McGuire and Ekpe Udoh bring the defense.Robinson had 17 points and 10 assists, and the Warriors bench scored a total of 50 points. Rookie Klay Thompson had perhaps his best game as a pro, scoring 14 points and making all four of his 3-point attempts.Brandon Rush also chipped in with 14 points. For the game, the Warriors subs shot 9-for-12 from beyond the arc.I have to hold guys responsible if theyre not getting it done, Jackson said. We gave up 21 points in the first part of the third quarter, and then we shut them down. They finished with 29 (points) in the third quarter, and 21 were on our starters, and thats unacceptable.I give my guys credit. Ive been on teams where the starters would have been upset, saying different things, and the starters came back and sealed the deal. It was just a great team effort.Curry waits: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry had hoped to return for Tuesdays game but decided against it. Curry likely wont be in the lineup when the Warriors play New Jersey on Wednesday.Said Warriors coach Mark Jackson before the game: Still getting closer and closer. Just trying to make the best decision and not rush it, which is important. We want him for the long haul.If Curry misses the game against the Nets, he will have missed nine games because of the ankle. Last season, Curry missed eight games because of the ankle.Thats what the good teams do, Jackson said. In spite of adversity they find a way to get it done. When you compete and defend, you will win your fair share of games in this league.

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.

Gameday: Warriors will face shorthanded Knicks

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Gameday: Warriors will face shorthanded Knicks

Striving for consistency in their performances at Oracle Arena, the Warriors open a three-game homestand Tuesday as heavy favorites to beat the New York Knicks.

After three seasons of utter dominance at home -- including a record 54 consecutive wins -- the Warriors (37-10) have more losses at Oracle (six) than elsewhere (four). A variety of factors, with ennui and a lack of urgency at the top, have conspired to make them merely good at home.

The Knicks (21-26, 6-17 on the road), particularly with star forward Kristaps Porzingis out of the lineup, are the kind of relatively toothless squad capable of testing the resolve of the Warriors. The Warriors last home game was a 125-106 loss to a Clippers team without Blake Griffin and three other regular starters.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 16.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Kevin Durant vs. Tim Hardaway Jr.: With Porzingis out, the scoring burden falls to the son of former Warriors great Tim Hardaway. Junior, who was born in Alameda, is New York’s No. 2 scorer (18.4 points per game) and is capable of big nights; he hung 38 points on the Raptors earlier this season. Even if Hardaway has a big night, it’s not likely to offset Durant, who is playing fine defense and may be the most complete scorer in the league.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Jordan Bell (L ankle sprain) is listed as out.

Knicks: F Kyle O’Quinn (L calf contusion) and F Kristaps Porzingis (L knee irritation) are listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 8-2. Knicks: 3-7.

GAME OFFICIALS

James Williams (crew chief), Brent Barnaky, Brett Nansel

SERIES HISTORY

This is the first meeting between the teams this season. The Warriors swept the two-game series last season, have won eight of the last nine and 23 of the last 29.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE INTENSITY LEVEL: The Warriors often start sluggishly at home and sometimes find themselves in a hold. Though they usually dig out, it’s a habit they are trying to break. It starts with defense. If they come out locker room like a pack of wolves, they are able to run the Porzingis-less Knicks off the floor. If not, they are capable of keeping the Knicks in the game.

THE TURNOVER GAME: The Warriors are prone to commit a lot of turnovers; only the Lakers and 76ers commit more. But the Knicks, who play at a slower pace, actually commit a higher percentage of turnovers and rank 26th in that category. The number of points off turnovers could be high, and might be significant enough to affect the outcome.

THE BENCHES: The Warriors haven’t had a plethora of 3-point shooting off the bench but they do have a bench that uses solid defense and offensive spurts to extend leads. The Knicks, however, have a special scorer in Michael Beasley. If he gets hot, as Lou Williams did two weeks ago, Beasley can carry a subpar roster.