Warriors fade late, fall to Thunder 120-109


Warriors fade late, fall to Thunder 120-109


Kevin Durant scored 37 points to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a victory over the Warriors on Friday night at Oracle. Durant went 12-for-24 from the field and 11-for-11 from the foul line. The Warriors are now 1-3 on their current six-game homestand.Thunder 120, Warriors 109Star of the game: Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook dominated his matchup against Stephen Curry on Friday night, finishing with 28 points, 11 assists and six rebounds.Westbrook struggled last season against the Warriors, shooting 14-for-45 from the field (31.1 percent) and committing 17 turnovers in three games.
Curry, on the other hand, didnt have it going. He finished with just 15 points on 6-for-16 shooting six assists and two rebounds. Effort issue: Warriors coach Mark Jackson was critical of his teams effort level after the game, saying more than once that the Thunders motor ran higher than the Warriors'.Jackson was particularly critical of the Warriors big men. He didnt mention Andris Biedrins and Ekpe Udoh by name, but he didnt have to. Jackson used Jeremy Tyler for a good chunk of the fourth quarter.Their big guys played with a different motor, Jackson said. Im going to find guys that are going to play with a motor. I will live with mistakes. But I need guys to play with energy, effort, passion, and pursue the basketball. You can make mistakes, but in general that team from top to bottom had a different motor. And anybody that didnt see that is fooling themselves. Weve got to learn to play like that.Key stretch: With the Warriors hanging around at 92-86, Durant went to work. He knocked down a 3-pointer with five-and-a-half minutes left, then dunked on fastbreak to put OKC up 11.Westbrook capped the run with a three-point play off a drive to put the Thunder up 100-86.Ibaka, too: Oklahoma City power forward Serge Ibaka finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds, and it was a night that wasnt lost on Jackson.Serge Ibaka did what weve been asking our big guys to do, Jackson said.It was Ibakas first double-double of the season.Sefalosha leaves game: Thabo Sefalosha, Oklahoma Citys starting shooting guard, played only 11 minutes and none in the second half. He didnt return after experiencing soreness in his right foot.Thompson emerging: Warriors rookie Klay Thompson has begun to settle nicely into his role off the bench. Thompson looks much more confident than he did at the start of the season, and hes shooting the ball from the perimeter very well.Thompson knocked down two of three 3-pointers in the first half against the Thunder, which meant he had made 15 of his past 30 up to that point.Robinsons leer: Nate Robinson hit a shot beyond halfcourt to end the first quarter, then stayed near midcourt for about 10 seconds glaring at the Oklahoma City Thunder bench.Robinson played for the Thunder last season, but the sides decided to mutually part ways before training camp this season. Robinsons heave cut the Thunders lead to 28-23 after 12 minutes.First quarter struggles: Curry and Ellis struggled in the first period, unable to find their range. Curry missed all five of his field goal attempts and Ellis was 1-for-5 from the floor.Meanwhile, Westbrook had nine in the first quarter on 3-for-7 shooting.Sixth sellout: There were 19,596 at Oracle on Friday night, the sixth sellout of the season for the Warriors.

Kevin Durant takes shot at Zaza Pachulia while center's kid play one-on-one


Kevin Durant takes shot at Zaza Pachulia while center's kid play one-on-one

Kevin Durant doesn't take it easy on anyone. Not even the children of teammate Zaza Pachulia.

After practice on Saturday in Philadelphia, Pachulia's two sons, Davit and Saba, were playing one-on-one at the facility the Warriors were using. Kevin Durant filmed one sequence and posted it to his Instagram Story.

One of Pachulia's sons grabbed the ball and drives around the other without dribbling. As he makes the shot, Durant offers his commentary and took a shot at the Warriors starting center.

"That's a travel. Such a travel. Same thing your pops do," Durant said, taking a shot at Pachulia.

Durant also had another message for Pachulia written on the video.

"Yo, @zazapachulia at some you have to teach the boys how to play off the bounce," Durant wrote.

Gameday: Warriors limited Embiid, Simmons once; Can they do it again?

Gameday: Warriors limited Embiid, Simmons once; Can they do it again?

After losing the biggest test of the season thus far, the Warriors will try to get back to winning Saturday, when they face the 76ers at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 3:30, with tipoff scheduled for 4:35.

The Warriors (11-4), who are coming off their first loss in eight games, a 92-88 defeat at Boston on Thursday, laid a 135-114 beating on the 76ers one week ago in Oakland. They shot a season-high 58.5 percent from the field, including 51.9 percent beyond the arc.

The Sixers (8-6) started the season by losing four of their first five games but have recovered nicely, winning seven of their last nine. They rebounded from the loss to the Warriors by sweeping the Clippers and Lakers in Los Angeles earlier this week.

Warriors by 8.5

Draymond Green and Co. vs. Joel Embiid: The Warriors used a tag-team effort to lock down the Philadelphia big man last week, holding Embiid to 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting and seven rebounds while forcing seven turnovers. It was a lesson in team defense, and they’ll try to repeat that performance. No fewer than five Warriors -- Zaza Pachulia, Kevin Durant, JaVale McGee, David West and Green -- will get chances to defend Embiid, who responded to a poor game in Oakland by combining for 87 points and 31 rebounds in torching the Clippers and the Lakers in LA.

Warriors: No injuries listed. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

76ers: G Jerryd Bayless (L wrist bruise) is listed as questionable. G/F Justin Anderson (L shin splints), G Markelle Fultz (right shoulder scapular muscle imbalance) and G Nik Stauskas (R ankle sprain) are listed as out.

Tony Brothers (crew chief), Bennie Adams and Lauren Holtkamp.

The Warriors have won the last nine meetings overall, the last four in Philadelphia. Their last loss in Philadelphia was on March 2, 2013.

WHAT ABOUT STEPH? Stephen Curry has fallen into a bit of a shooting rut, and it’s not necessarily related to the thigh bruise sustained last Saturday against 76ers. He is 20-of-61 (32.8 percent) from the field, including 9-of-33 (27.3) from deep, over his last four games; he was 34-of-58 (58.6) and 18-of-32 (56.3) in the four games before that. He’ll get opportunities against the Philly defense. Can he snap out of it?

I-N-T-E-N-S-I-T-Y SPELLS INTENSITY: The Warriors are have a tough time shaking the habit of strolling through too many parts of games. After a first half in which they committed 13 turnovers and allowed Philly to shoot 52 percent, the Warriors last week used a third-quarter barrage to put the game away. After being freshly burned in Boston, expect them to bring some early fire, trying to bury the Sixers early and totally.

BEN SIMMONS PT. II: In sending a variety of defenders at the 6-foot-10 point guard, the Warriors kept Simmons off balance and turned him into a volume shooter. He took 17 shots, his second-highest total of the season, and made six. There is no reason to expect a substantial change, and this time the Warriors will add Andre Iguodala into the defensive mix.