Second-quarter flop sinks Warriors against 76ers


Second-quarter flop sinks Warriors against 76ers

The Warriors started strong, but were outscored by Philadelphia by 14 points in the second quarter and 10 points in the third; they could never recover, falling to 2-2 with a New Year's Eve loss to the 76ers.
76ers 107, Warriors 79
Player of the game: Lou Williams helped keep Philly in the game early in the first half, then helped them close out the second period strongly helping give the 76ers a 50-42 lead.Williams had 13 of his 23 points in the first half, going 4-for-4 from the field, all of which were 3-pointers.
Key stretch: After closing out the second quarter strongly, Philadelphia scored the first seven points to open up the second half, taking a commanding 57-42 lead. That lead would jump to 21 midway through the period and there would be no tense moments in the final 12 minutes.Transition defense was an issue all game for the Warriors, and it wasnt lost on coach Mark Jackson.We talked about it, Jackson said. We really felt if we forced them to play halfcourt basketball we were comfortable with our halfcourt defense. This is a team that pushes the ball down your throat. This is a team that leaks out offensively. Youve got to make sure youve got five guys back. We did not and it hurt us. We gave up too many points in transition.
Bench play: Through the first three games of the season, the Warriors bench had been quite good, with a hand in both of the teams wins. On Saturday, the Warriors bench was emphatically outplayed by the 76ers bench.Williams and Thaddeus Young, with a dash of Evan Turner, took control of the game when they were on the floor. Philly's subs outscored Golden State's 58-30."Our bench, we feel, is one of the best in the league, if not the best in the league," 76ers forward Elton Brand said. "With Lou Williams, Thad coming off that bench, scoring, playing defense, creating plays, getting on the break ... it's fun to watch when they're out there playing."Currys ankle: The good news was that Stephen Currys ankle was fine and didnt seem to be an issue at all. His line looked acceptable 9-for-15 from the field for 21 points but he had five turnovers and just four assists.Its getting better, Curry said afterward. I went the whole game without an incident so thats a step in the right direction.
No Ellis: The Warriors were without shooting guard Monta Ellis, who was back in Mississippi, attending the funeral of his grandmother. Mary Cole passed Christmas morning. The Warriors hope to have Ellis back for their game at Phoenix on Jan. 2."He's basically the face of this franchise," Williams said of Ellis. "He's been here for seven years now. I think Coach (Mark) Jackson has put the ball in his hands and told that this is his team and I think he's very valuable to this squad."Lees first-half struggles: David Lee, who had been effective in his first three games, struggled from the field, particularly in the first half. Lee went just 5-for-18 from the field in the half.Lee finished the game shooting 8-for24 from the field and wound up with 19 points.No throws: Compounding the fact that the Warriors shot just 37.3 percent from the field in the first half was the that they didnt take a free throw, either. That had nothing to do with the officiating, however, as the Warriors settled for jumper after jumper, and Lee couldnt get anything to go down on the interior.Its not a stretch to say the Warriors missed Ellis ability to penetrate and put pressure on the defense.Jackson waved off any kind of officiating issue, and said the 76ers were the more aggressive team.Little things: At the end of the first quarter, with 3.6 seconds remaining, the Warriors had the ball under their own bucket. Jackson subbed in Curry, who had sat for most of the first quarter with two fouls.Philly lost Curry on the inbounds and he wound up with an open 3-pointer. He made it to give the Warriors a 25-19 lead after a period.
Hitting the road: After playing their first four games at Oracle, the Warriors now head out to the road for three games against Phoenix, San Antonio and the L.A. Lakers.

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


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.