Thompson's 31 leads Warriors past Kings


Thompson's 31 leads Warriors past Kings


Warriors 111, Kings 108Player of the game: Warriors rookie Klay Thompson scored a career-high 31 points for the Warriors. Thompson set his previous career-high of 27 points on Wednesday in a win over the New Orleans Hornets. Thompson went 10-for-20 from the field, but did miss his last seven field goal attempts.Key stretch: With the Warriors up one point and less than 30 seconds remaining, the Kings got a big stop and had a fastbreak going the other way with 15 seconds left.
But Tyreke Evans dribbled into traffic in the lane and lost control of the ball, resulting in a turnover. The Kings turned the ball over six times in the games final 3:20.The Kings had another opportunity, down just one with with 15 seconds left, but Isaiah Thomas turned the ball over.Lees big game: Warriors forward David Lee flirted with a triple-double on Saturday night but came up just short. Lee finished with 22 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists.He also followed up a Klay Thompson miss with 2:59 remaining to put the Warriors up 105-104.Lee helped offset a big night by Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, who finished with 28 points and 17 rebounds.Thompsons big half: Thompson pretty much carried the Warriors in the first half, scoring 21 points in 22 minutes and helping the Warriors take a 62-51 lead at intermission.Thompson scored in a variety of ways the outside shot, a drive or two and he even got to the line four times in the half.Robinson hurt: Nate Robinson was playing a controlled first half with 10 points and eight assists before he injured himself in transition when he fell hard into the basket support.Robinson remained on the Oracle floor for a minute or so, then was able to get up and head to the locker room under his own power. However, he did not return in the second half with what was called a strained right hamstring.Awaiting decision on Curry: Warriors general manager Larry Riley said the team was going to huddle this weekend and then come up with a plan regarding Stephen Curry and his balky right ankle.Curry visited Dr. Richard Ferkel, a foot specialist, in Los Angeles recently, and the hope is that the Warriors doctors, training staff and Curry will now look at all the medical information and make a determination.Conventional wisdom is that the team will shut down Curry for the rest of the season. He hasnt played since March 11.Riley said he expects to have more definitive word on Curry later this week. He said its possible Curry could play again this season if there is a consensus that the ankle is 100 percent.Warriors assign Wright: The Warriors assigned forward Chris Wright to Dakota Wizards of the D-League. Wright has played in 17 games this year for the Warriors, averaging 2.1 points and 1.1 rebounds in 4.7 minutes per game.

Without Green, Iguodala, fourth quarter turns into disaster for Warriors vs Rockets

Without Green, Iguodala, fourth quarter turns into disaster for Warriors vs Rockets

OAKLAND -- The defending champion Warriors started cracking in the hours before tipoff Tuesday night and broke apart when they usually come together.

The fourth quarter was a disaster area and it cost the Warriors, as the Houston Rockets wiped out a 13-point deficit and tagged them with a 122-121 loss before a stunned sellout crowd at Oracle Arena.

So ends, as it should, the spurious notion of a rubber-stamp championship for the Warriors. A strain here and a tweak there and they found themselves on the painful end of the score.

The Warriors learned prior to the game that forward Andre Iguodala, their valuable Sixth Man, would be out nursing a strained back. They were hit with another injury, this one to Draymond Green, who was highly effective, late in the third quarter.

“He was our best player tonight,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He was the guy who was bringing the energy and the life.”

Green’s numbers -- 9 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists -- barely hint at his value in this game. Green and Iguodala are the primary defensive communicators, and Green held it down fairly well -- until he, too, was gone.

“Our communication wasn’t very good and we didn’t stick to the game plan; we gave them too many wide-open threes,” said Klay Thompson, who scored 11 first-quarter points but only 5 over the final three.

“We did a good job in the half-court of keeping them in front,” said Kevin Durant, who also scolded himself for committing eight turnovers. “But in transition we got cross-matched so many times and we just didn’t communicate well enough.”

Games aren’t always lost in the fourth, despite the frequent narrative, but this one most assuredly was. With Green in the locker room accompanied by ice, the Warriors were outscored 34-20 in the fourth quarter.

After shooting 45.8 percent through three quarters, the Rockets took it to 56 percent in the fourth, closing the game on a 13-5 run over the final 4:01.

The Warriors don’t yet know when Green and Iguodala will return, whether it’s as soon as Friday at New Orleans or a matter of weeks. Until they do, Kerr will have to resort to patching things together.

Problem is, aside from the scoring of Nick Young (23 points on 8-of-9 shooting, including 6-of-7 from deep) and Jordan Bell (8 points on 4-of-5 shooting in 12 minutes), the bench did not distinguish itself.

That was particularly true on defense, which happen to be where Iguodala and Green make their greatest impact. The reserves accounted for 13 of the 25 fouls called on the Warriors.

“We’ve got to be better,” Durant said. “We’ve got to be better, and we’re looking forward to practice Wednesday.”

D'Antoni claps back at Draymond, Warriors after Rockets' 122-121 win

D'Antoni claps back at Draymond, Warriors after Rockets' 122-121 win

Draymond Green usually gets the last word.

Not this time.

"Somebody said we don't take it seriously on defense. Well obviously they don't take it seriously either," Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni said after the Rockets knocked off the Warriors 122-121 on Tuesday night., according to Santa Rosa Press Democrat's Phil Barber.

The jab stems from Green's comments after practice on Monday.

"You should believe that. I'm turning over a new leaf. Number 1 -- they want it to be a shootout, which is fine. But we're gonna play some defense. We score pretty well, but we're a damn good defensive team, too. So we're gonna play some defense.

"I don't know how serious they take defense with that comment, but I know they added some good defensive players," Green told reporters Monday.

Green won't get his next shot at D'Antoni and the Rockets until January 4 in Houston.