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Instant Replay: Curry, Durant light it up in win over Blazers

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Instant Replay: Curry, Durant light it up in win over Blazers

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OAKLAND – The preseason ended Friday night with the kind of offensive fireworks the Warriors expect to carry into the regular season.

Stephen Curry scored 35 points and Kevin Durant poured in 28 points as the Warriors overcame an early 16-point deficit to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 107-96 at Oracle Arena.

Ian Clark added 17 points to bolster the scoring of Curry and Durant.

With the exception of the first five minutes, the Warriors starters sparkled, outscoring Portland 84-50 over the next 31 minutes and leading by as much as 21.

The Warriors finished the preseason with a 6-1 record.

Damian Lillard, playing two miles from his old neighborhood, led Portland with 20 points. CJ McCollum added 16.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

Simply put, that would be Curry and Durant.

Curry’s line: 35 points (12-of-21 from the field, including 8-of-13 from beyond the arc, 3-of-3 from the line), four rebounds and two assists. He scored 14 points in each of the first two quarters. He played 28 minutes and finished plus-17.

Durant’s line: 28 points (11-of-21, 5-of-8, 1-of-2), seven rebounds, six assists and one blocked shot. He scored 14 points in the third quarter. Durant played 31 minutes and finished plus-2.

UNDER THE MICROSCOPE

Draymond Green didn’t score much, only 4 points, but his put his fingerprints on this game in just about every other way. He hauled in a game-high 11 rebounds, passed for six assists, adding a steal and a blocked shot. He played 26 efficient minutes, finishing plus-15.

Ian Clark still is trying to nail down a spot in the rotation and he made another impressive argument on his behalf. Coming off the bench with 4:09 left in the first quarter, he took two shots and made them both, including a 3-pointer. Playing both guard positions, Clark had 17 points (7-of-11, 3-of-6), two assists, one rebound and one block.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: C JaVale McGee (L knee strain) was listed as questionable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff. C Damian Jones (R pectoral surgery) was listed as out.

Blazers: C Meyers Leonard (lower back soreness) and G Shabazz Napier (L ankle sprain) were listed as questionable. Leonard entered in the third quarter. Napier did not play. C Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery) was listed as out.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors open the season Tuesday, Oct. 25, when the San Antonio Spurs visit Oracle Arena.

Quinn Cook revamped his diet this summer, abstained from three things

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Quinn Cook revamped his diet this summer, abstained from three things

In the summer of 2017, Kevon Looney lost 30 pounds.

"I had to change my diet. Andre (Iguodala) was in my ear for two years about it. I finally listened to him and it paid off," Looney said back in March on the Warriors Plus/Minus Podcast.

It appears that Iguodala had an impact on another young Warriors player this summer.

[REWIND: The Warriors Outsiders Podcast with Quinn Cook]

Mark Medina of the Bay Area News Group recently wrote a profile on Quinn Cook, and here's an excerpt:

Although he reported having similar body weight between the end of last season (186 pounds) and entering the 2018-19 campaign (188 pounds), Cook reported feeling “stronger and faster” because of a revamped diet.

After consulting with the Warriors’ training staff and trusted veteran Andre Iguodala, Cook has abstained from all meats, fried foods and sugar in favor of fish, vegetables and lots of water. He shared he has only six percent body fat and “a lot bigger tone.” 

First of all -- six percent body fat is... incredible.

Secondly -- giving up all meats, fried food and sugar sounds... awful.

But I suppose I would make some sacrifices if it meant having a career in the NBA...

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

Shaun Livingston: Warriors training camp profile

Shaun Livingston: Warriors training camp profile

The Bulls did it twice, with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the way. The Lakers accomplished it once, behind Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. In the 42 seasons since the NBA-ABA merger, those are the only franchises to win three consecutive NBA Finals.

When the Warriors come together for training camp on Sept. 25, their goal is to become the third.

Here is a look at those players with guaranteed roster spots.

11TH IN A SERIES:

Player: Shaun Livingston
Position: Point guard
Height/weight: 6-7, 192
College: None (Drafted from Peoria (Ill.) Central High in 2004, fourth overall)
Age: 33
Salary: $8.31M (Year 2 of a three-year contract valued at $23.69M, per Spotrac. Year 3 has a partial guarantee that allows the team a 2M buyout.)
NBA 2K Player Rating: 75

2017-18 in review: After two seasons with one of the deadliest midrange jump shots in the NBA, Livingston dropped from automatic to merely good. Yet he remained among the team’s steadiest performers, avoiding long periods of low production. There are slight signs of defensive decline, mostly reaching -- and catching needless fouls -- to compensate for diminishing quickness. Despite that, he excelled was in the Western Conference Finals and was phenomenal in the NBA Finals.

Key stats: 71 games (seven starts), averaging 5.5 points (50.1 percent FG, 82.0 percent FT), 2.0 assists, 1.8 rebounds, 15.9 minutes per game.

Season highs: Points (16), assists (seven), rebounds (seven), steals (three), blocks (three), minutes (25, twice).

2018-19 outlook: Knowing his 2019-20 contract is only partially guaranteed, Livingston’s goal is retaining the ability to provide a dimension few other PGs can offer. His length allows him to shoot over most defenders and also go inside and score on the block. Never has their been a question about his professionalism. He’s a low-maintenance veteran, a cool head and someone coaches and teammates can count on. His value is attached to his production in 15-20 minute spans. He’ll also be called on to help tutor rookie Jacob Evans III.