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Instant Replay: Curry, Draymond combine for 50 in Warriors' win vs Kings

Instant Replay: Curry, Draymond combine for 50 in Warriors' win vs Kings

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OAKLAND -- The Warriors extended their win streak to six games, their longest in more than two months, with a 114-100 waxing of the Sacramento Kings before sellout crowd Friday night at Oracle Arena.

Stephen Curry led the charge, pouring in a game-high 27 points and coming within three rebounds of a triple-double. Draymond Green put in a season-high 23 points and Ian Clark added 10 off the bench.

The Warriors (58-14) recorded 37 assists, the franchise-record 44th time this season they have posted more than 30. They also had 12 steals, the NBA-best 37th time this season they’ve had reached double digits in that category.

Twelve different Warriors played, and all 12 entered the scoring column.

Rookie guard Buddy Hield totaled 22 points to lead the Kings, who lost for the fourth straight game and the 12 time in the last 15.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

Curry and Green share the honors because they did the most damage.

Curry’s line: 27 points (9-of-17 shooting from the field, 5-of-11 from beyond the arc, 4-of-4 from the line), 12 assists, seven rebounds and six steals. He played 33 minutes and was plus-28 for the game.

Curry’s five triples pushed his total to 277, the third-highest total in a season. He also owns the top two totals.

Green’s line: 20 points (8-of-17, 3-of-9, 4-of-5 from the line), eight assists, four rebounds, three steals and one block. He played 34 minutes and was plus-23.

TURNING POINT

After a layup by Lawson gave the Kings a 16-11 lead with 5:39 left in the first quarter, the Warriors came back with a 16-4 to close the quarter, for a 27-20 lead entering the second quarter.

The Warriors never trailed again, were up 57-50 at the half and 92-72 after three quarters. Sacramento got no closer than 11 in the fourth.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain, tibial bone bruise) is listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Kings: G Darren Collison (rest), G Tyreke Evans (rest), F Rudy Gay (L Achilles tear), G Malachi Richardson (R hamstring partial tear) and F Anthony Tolliver (rest) were listed as out.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors return to action Sunday afternoon, when they play host to the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.

Jazz a revenge game for Jonas Jerebko? 'Don’t really care about them anymore'

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Jazz a revenge game for Jonas Jerebko? 'Don’t really care about them anymore'

In July 2017, Jonas Jerebko signed a two-year, $8.2 million deal with the Jazz. But the second year -- worth $4.2 million -- was non-guaranteed, and Utah waived him in early July.

On Friday night, Jerebko will face his former team. So, is he hoping for some payback?

The answer is no, writes Mark Medina of the Bay Area News Group:

It sounds absurd to Jerebko about wanting a revenge game after spending only one season with the Jazz. “I don’t really care about them anymore,” said Jerebko, though he said he still remains “good friends” with his former teammates.

Come on, Jonas. Say something inflammatory! After all, the Jazz did cost him about $2 million (because he's making just under $2.2 million this year with the Warriors).

[RELATED: Ex-Cavs GM believes there is a clear No. 2 team in the West behind Warriors]

Jerebko appeared in 74 games (19 starts) with Utah last season, averaging 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds while shooting over 41 percent from deep. It's a very small sample size, but the "Swedish Larry Bird" (Google it) still is looking to find his footing with the Warriors. He's staying patient.

“You have to adapt to the new system,” Jerebko told BANG. “It’s not going to be in two weeks. It’s going to take some time."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Andre Iguodala's absence would hurt Warriors now but could help long term

Andre Iguodala's absence would hurt Warriors now but could help long term

OAKLAND -- Andre Iguodala did not participate in practice Thursday and is questionable for the game Friday night at Utah, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

If Iguodala is unable to play, Kerr will have go deeper into a bench with several untested players. That’s in stark contrast to what Iguodala brings as a veteran with a knack for stabilizing the team at both ends.

“If he doesn’t play, that really affects everything,” he said. “But we’ll play a lot of people, like we usually do.”

Another concern is that the next two games, against the Jazz, and in Denver against the Nuggets, are at altitude. Iguodala’s absence, due to tightness in his left calf, would shorten the rotation considerably when players are needed most.

As it is, Kerr is indicated that the team is still getting into “game shape,” which could be an issue in Salt Lake City and Denver.

“The altitude will be interesting,” he said. “It’s one way of getting over the hump, I guess, is go to 6,000 feet or whatever it is.”

The altitude in Salt Lake City is a little more than 4,200 feet, with Denver another 1,000 feet higher.

Whereas Iguodala usually is the first player off the bench, that role likely falls to veteran Shaun Livingston, who brings similar size with slightly different skills. Livingston, however, is most effective when playing between 15 and 20 minutes.

That would open the door to playing time for Alfonzo McKinnie, whose strong preseason earned him a spot on the roster, as well as rookie Jacob Evans III.

“I’m going to throw everybody out there at some point,” Kerr said. “If Andre’s not playing, you’ll see Alfonzo out there a little bit more. Whatever the game calls for. But I’m not afraid to put anybody out there.”

The Warriors can only play those that are healthy. They’d like it if Iguodala can suit up. If he can’t, there will be some strange lineups featuring some new faces.

That might not be good for the games this weekend, but it should pay off over the course of the season.