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Warriors rally after star suffers injury

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Warriors rally after star suffers injury

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kevin Durant had 37 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots and almost single-handedly led the undermanned Golden State Warriors' fourth-quarter rally past the San Antonio Spurs for a 110-107 win Thursday night after Stephen Curry went down early.

Durant hit his third straight jumper to tie it with 2:01 remaining before the Warriors went ahead on Draymond Green's putback the following possession. Klay Thompson made two free throws with 15.9 seconds left.

Bryn Forbes' 3-point try from the top to tie it hit the front rim as the final buzzer sounded.

Green had his third triple-double this season with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

Curry was lost for the night to a rolled right ankle early in the first quarter, but the Warriors responded without their two-time MVP to win their seventh straight since the All-Star break (see full recap).

Irving lifts Celtics over Timberwolves
MINNEAPOLIS -- Kyrie Irving returned from a one-game absence to help Boston fend off Minnesota, finishing with 23 points, seven rebounds and eight assists to pace the Celtics in a 117-109 victory over the Timberwolves on Thursday night.

Al Horford added 20 points, eight rebounds, six assists and tough defense on Karl-Anthony Towns for the Celtics, who stayed two games behind Toronto in the Eastern Conference race with their sixth win in seven games. They have three more losses than the Raptors.

Nemanja Bjelica scored a career-high 30 points on 11-for-16 shooting, including 6 for 9 from 3-point range. His first 20-10 game in the NBA was ultimately wasted in the third straight loss for the Timberwolves, who are still trying to find their way without injured All-Star Jimmy Butler. They trailed by as many as 18 points soon after halftime, too much to overcome some second-half surges behind Bjelica and 18 points from Taj Gibson on 8-for-10 shooting.

The Wolves were within five at 88-83 in the fourth quarter, but every other time they were on the verge of cutting the margin to two possessions Irving and the Celtics had an answer on the other end (see full recap).

Thunder dominate ice-cold Suns
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook had 27 points, eight rebounds and nine assists to help the Oklahoma City Thunder rout the Phoenix Suns 115-87 on Thursday night.

Paul George added 21 points, Corey Brewer had 17, Steven Adams 16, and Carmelo Anthony 11. Brewer, who made his Thunder debut two games ago, replaced Josh Huestis in the starting lineup and responded with a 6-for-11 performance from the floor.

Devin Booker, wearing a headband for the first time in his three-year NBA career, had 30 points for Phoenix. He had 30 last week in Arizona in a loss to the Thunder.

Phoenix shot 33.7 percent from the field and 24.3 percent from 3-point range.

Oklahoma City led 49-38 at halftime, shooting 46.3 percent from the floor and limiting the Suns to just 27.9 percent. Westbrook had a 7-0 run of his own in third to push the lead to 22 points (see full recap).

Stephen Curry doesn't want any beef with the Eagles

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Stephen Curry doesn't want any beef with the Eagles

While warming up for Super Bowl LII, Malcolm Jenkins caught a glimpse of NBA superstar Stephen Curry on the sidelines, and he did not like what he saw. A red sweatshirt.

"I knew I ain't like Steph Curry," Jenkins, who was mic'd up by NFL Films, can be heard saying around the 40-second mark. "That's your boy, Steph Curry. Frontrunner." 

Jenkins was literally seeing red as he thought Curry, a North Carolina native and loyal Panthers fan, was backing the New England Patriots on Super Sunday.

As it turns out, that wasn't the case. Curry was actually wearing the sweatshirt of a private Minneapolis school, Minnehaha Academy. It's been reported that one of his friends is married to a Minnehaha Academy alum.

Curry sent out a tweet Thursday to make sure there was no bad blood between him and Jenkins.

Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith, following the mini-drama, was relieved to hear that Curry isn't a frontrunner after all. Just a star basketball player who made an eye-catching wardrobe choice. 

And as it turns out, Curry was actually at the game with a Patriots fan but made it known ahead of time he was rooting for the Eagles. Click on Smith's "Receipts" tweet below to see the proof.

Embiid ready to show NBA’s best how to talk trash

Embiid ready to show NBA’s best how to talk trash

OKLAHOMA CITY — There’s no question Joel Embiid knows how to dominate at his position. That much was reinforced when he was selected as a starter for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game in only his second season.

There’s so much more for him to soak in about being a star in the league, and he’s going to try to do just that All-Star Weekend.

“Being around all those guys, going there, to me it’s all about learning how to be a professional,” Embiid said Friday following the Sixers’ win over the Spurs. “This is my first year and I feel like I’m right there and I’m only going to get better. But I still don’t have it, I still don’t know how to be a professional. I want to go out there, hang around them, learn from them, learn their ways, get back and help my team.”

Embiid was drafted by Steph Curry in a new conference-less format designed for the top-two vote getters to pick teams from a pool of all of the selected players. He wasn’t sure if he would be chosen by Curry or LeBron James but thought he would end up on whichever team did not pick Anthony Davis or DeMarcus Cousins to balance out the bigs. (Cousins has been replaced by Paul George because of injury.)

Embiid is looking forward to playing alongside some of the best shooters in the NBA, noting Curry, Klay Thompson, James Harden and DeMar DeRozan. 

Embiid also will be teammates with Draymond Green, with whom he has already established a rapport based on banter (see story).

“Draymond, that’s my guy,” Embiid said. “I’m going to love doing that (playing with him). Hopefully, I’m going to learn a little bit from him about trash talk because he’s one of the best.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jimmy Butler, Al Horford, Damian Lillard, Kyle Lowry, and Karl-Anthony Towns round out Team Stephen.

Team LeBron includes Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, LaMarcus Aldridge, Bradley Beal, Kevin Love, Victor Oladipo, Kristaps Porzingis, John Wall, and Russell Westbrook.

Embiid’s approach to the Feb. 18 game is enjoying himself while trying to win on the massive basketball stage.

“I’m definitely going to compete,” Embiid said. “That’s my nature. You’re supposed to have fun, but I know how to mix it up.”