Durant takes full responsibility for Warriors' bad start in Game 2 loss

Durant takes full responsibility for Warriors' bad start in Game 2 loss

HOUSTON -- Kevin Durant, whose titanic offense has kept the Warriors afloat for much of this postseason, was no mood for praise late Wednesday night despite scoring 38 points.

And his aversion to compliments was not only because the Warriors had taken a 127-105 loss to Houston in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.

No, Durant took a very long finger and turned it upon himself.

“I started the game off with a turnover,” he said.

“I got that and a foul, so I got Trevor Ariza going and their crowd going. I take full responsibility for the start of the game. After that, it was just contagious. My teammates kind of followed my lead. I can't start the game off like that.”

Indeed, the Warriors invited the Rockets to take an early lead, get comfortable with it in the second half and maintain until they evened the series at 1-1. Beginning with Durant losing the ball 52 seconds after tipoff, the Warriors committed five turnovers in the first five minutes, seven in the first quarter.

So Durant’s assessment is on target, to a point.

The other four quick turnovers were spread out among three teammates, one for Andre Iguodala, one for Stephen Curry and two for Draymond Green. The Warriors got to seven when Iguodala committed another later in the quarter, which was followed by one by Kevon Looney.

It was, to be sure, a festival of turnovers that separated the teams, and Durant’s first-quarter miscue wasn’t exactly the tipping point.

“A couple of them we just kind of threw the ball to them, and you can't do that. Now, all of a sudden, Ariza gets a layup, (PJ) Tucker gets an easy shot and now they're feeling good and it changes the whole game.”

Turnovers are a problem that periodically plagues the Warriors. The potential for them is always nearby, lurking in the wings, waiting the sabotage their best intentions. They committed 15, leading to 15 Houston points.

More acutely, the Warriors committed 11 in the first half, gifting the Rockets 13 points.

“We've got to correct it, because this is an every possession game,” Durant said. “We've got to be locked in every possession against these guys.”

Game Result/Schedule
Game 1 Warriors 119, Rockets 106
Game 2 Rockets 127, Warriors 105
Game 3 Oakland -- Sunday, May 20th at 5pm
Game 4 Oakland -- Tuesday, May 22nd at 6pm
Game 5 Houston -- Thursday, May 24th at 6pm
Game 6 Oakland -- Saturday, May 26th at 6pm
Game 7 Houston -- Monday, May 28th at 6pm

Steph Curry recreates childhood NBA All-Star look with sweet jacket

Steph Curry recreates childhood NBA All-Star look with sweet jacket

In his hometown of Charlotte for NBA All-Star Weekend, Steph Curry turned back the clock with his outfit Saturday night.

The Warriors star wore an adult-sized re-creation of the jacket that he rocked as a 3-year-old at NBA All-Star Weekend in Orlando in 1992. That weekend, Curry watched his father, Dell, participate in the 3-Point Contest.

The tribute to what technically was his first All-Star appearance didn't stop there. The shoes Curry wore Saturday night also were inspired by the jacket. 

Much like on the night when he was photographed, Curry was able to watch his dad shoot from the outside. The elder Curry, Ray Allen, Mark Price and Glen Rice participated in a 3-Point Contest of their own to raise money for Charlotte-based charity Classroom Central, which donates school supplies to teachers. 

Steph Curry told reporters Saturday that it brought up plenty of nostalgia. 

"They showed a clip of me and him on the bench with Alonzo Mourning watching my dad shoot back in '92," Curry said. "Then we almost recreated that moment watching my dad, Ray Allen, Mark Price and Glen Rice shoot (before the 3-Point Contest). Unbelievable type of vibe. I knew when Charlotte got the bid to host, your mind starts to wander about what it would be like. 

"It was all that and more."

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Curry has been a busy man all weekend in his old stomping grounds. He watched alma mater Davidson come from behind to win Friday night, and Under Armour renovated his old rec center in lieu of throwing a party. 

Curry’s performance in the 3-Point Contest on Saturday night riveted the hometown crowd. They'll undoubtedly be rooting for him again fewer than 24 hours later in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game.

2019 NBA 3-Point Contest: Joe Harris beats out Steph Curry in finals

2019 NBA 3-Point Contest: Joe Harris beats out Steph Curry in finals

Steph Curry couldn't pick up his second NBA 3-Point Contest crown in his hometown.

Brooklyn Nets sharpshooter Joe Harris edged the Warriors star 26-24 in the finals of the event in Charlotte on Saturday. Kings guard Buddy Hield also was a finalist, and finished third with 17 points in the final round. 

Curry paced the field after an explosive first round. He scored 27 points -- one shy of the record in the event's new format -- and made each of his final 10 shots. 

The two-time NBA MVP picked up where he left off in the finals. Curry made his first nine shots, for a total of 19 consecutive makes across his two rounds. Technically, that matched Craig Hodges' record run in the event, but Hodges made all 19 in a single round. 

But Curry cooled off ever so slightly, hitting nine of his final 15 shots to finish two points shy of the eventual champion. 

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Harris entered the night with the highest 3-point percentage (47.1 percent) of his competitors, and beat a stacked field for the win. 

Curry can get redemption Sunday, when he and Team Giannis take on Team LeBron for bragging rights -- and some cash -- in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.