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Instant Replay: Curry, Warriors stars obliterate Lakers

Instant Replay: Curry, Warriors stars obliterate Lakers

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OAKLAND – The Warriors wanted a hefty slice of revenge against the Lakers, and they got it Wednesday night.

The Warriors, in the process, set a franchise record for assists with 47.

With Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson combining for 85 points, the Warriors crushed Los Angeles 149-106 before a delighted sellout crowd (19,596) at Oracle Arena.

The Warriors (13-2) won for the ninth consecutive time, with their last loss a humiliating 117-97 defeat against the Lakers on Nov. 4 in LA.

With Curry scoring 31 points, Durant totaling 28 and Thompson tossing in 26, the Warriors never trailed in rolling to victory. Ian Clark added 21 points in 18 minutes off the bench.

The Lakers (8-8), playing without starting guard D’Angelo Russell and starting forward Julius Randle, were led in scoring by guards Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams and forward Brandon Ingram, each of whom had 16 points.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

Curry wasted no time ensuring there would be no repeat of his 0-of-10 shooting performance beyond the arc against the Lakers on Nov. 4, draining his first triple 67 seconds after tipoff.

Curry’s line: 31 points (11-of-18 shooting, 7-of-12 from deep, 2-of-2 from the line), nine assists and five rebounds. He played 29 minutes and finished plus-32.

TURNING POINT

After a pair of Tarik Black free throws pulled the Lakers within six (25-19) with 5:11 left in the first quarter, the Warriors went on 15-3 run, punctuated by a Curry 3-pointer, to take a 40-22 lead with 1:49 left before halftime.

The Lakers got no closer than 15 points over the remainder of the game.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: C Damian Jones (R pectoral surgery recovery) is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the Development League. F/C James Michael McAdoo was a healthy inactive.

Lakers: F Julius Randle (hip pointer) was listed as doubtful and downgraded to out. G D’Angelo Russell (L knee soreness) and C Ivica Zubac (R ankle sprain) were listed as out.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors and Lakers meet again Friday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Report: Tyler Ulis signing with Warriors instead of Kings, Rockets

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Report: Tyler Ulis signing with Warriors instead of Kings, Rockets

The Warriors still are waiting on Patrick McCaw to sign his qualifying offer, but they reportedly brought in some backcourt depth in the meantime.

The two-time defending champions are set to sign ex-Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Ulis to an Exhibit 10 contract, according to The Athletic and ESPN. Ulis chose to sign with the Warriors over the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets, ESPN's Marc Spears reported Friday.

Ulis averaged 7.8 points and 23.4 minutes per game in 71 appearances with the Suns last season. He started 43 games, two of which came in April against the Warriors. 

The 22-year-old, whom the Suns drafted in the second round in 2016, figures to have a tough time cracking the Warriors' rotation. Point guards Stephen Curry, Shaun Livingston and Quinn Cook all will be ahead of him on the depth chart, and Ulis' lack of size (5-foot-10, 150 pounds) makes time at the other guard spot unlikely. 

That explains his contract, then. An Exhibit 10 deal means that Ulis will receive a bonus of up to $50,000 if he signs with the G-League Santa Cruz after the Warriors waive him, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks' explainer of the deal. Ulis' deal also can become a two-way contract, minus the bonus. 

NBA rule changes announced for 2018-19 season

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NBA rule changes announced for 2018-19 season

Some of you may still be celebrating the Warriors' 2018 title in the street of Oakland.

Keep celebrating if you will, but it's time to move on to the 2018-19 season. And with that, the NBA is bringing more change to the game that keeps on growing. 

On Friday, the NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved three rule changes that will take place this season. With these changes, the league is looking to speed the game up while making it easier to follow.

Below is how the NBA describes each change: 

Shot Clock Reset – The shot clock will reset to 14 seconds in three scenarios: after an offensive rebound of a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim; after a loose ball foul is called on the defensive team immediately following a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim; or after the offensive team gets possession of the ball after it goes out of bounds immediately following a missed field goal or free throw that hit the rim.

The rule has been in effect in the NBA G League since the 2016-17 season, in the WNBA since 2016 and in FIBA play since 2014-15.  The rule was also in place during 2018 NBA Summer Leagues.

Simplification of the Clear Path Foul Rule – The changes to the clear path foul rule establish “bright line” standards based on the position of players at the time of the foul while also narrowing required referee judgment and reducing the number of variables impacting the rule’s application. 

A clear path foul is now defined as a personal foul against any offensive player during his team’s transition scoring opportunity in the following circumstances: the ball is ahead of the tip of the circle in the backcourt; no defender is ahead of the offensive player with the transition scoring opportunity; the player with the transition scoring opportunity is in control of the ball (or a pass has been thrown to him); and if the foul deprives his team of an opportunity to score.

As part of the clear path foul rule simplification, referees will no longer need to make judgment calls as to whether or not a defender was between (or had the opportunity to be between) the offensive player with the transition scoring opportunity and the basket.  In addition, referees will no longer have to determine whether or not the defender was at any time ahead of the offensive player prior to committing the foul, nor will it be relevant whether or not a defender beat the offensive player with the transition scoring opportunity into the frontcourt.  Further, plays of this nature will no longer have to originate in the backcourt (since transition scoring opportunities can originate in the frontcourt).

Under the simplified rule, a clear path foul cannot occur if the fouled player is in the act of shooting or if the foul is caused by the defender’s attempt to intercept or deflect a pass intended for the player attempting to score in transition. 

If a clear path foul is committed, the offended team will continue to be awarded two free throws and possession of the ball on the sideline nearest the spot where the foul occurred.

Expanded Definition of “Hostile Act” for Replay Purposes – For purposes of triggering instant replay review, the definition of a “hostile act” has been broadened to enable referees to determine the appropriate penalty for players or coaches if they are involved in hostile encounters with each other, referees or fans. 

Let the games begin.