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Instant Replay: Curry's 3-point streak ends, Lakers shock Warriors

Instant Replay: Curry's 3-point streak ends, Lakers shock Warriors

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LOS ANGELES – At least once in each of the past three years, while rising to elite status, the Warriors have confronted the reeling Lakers and been slapped into reality.

It happened again Friday night, as the Warriors fell behind from the start and never caught up, taking a 117-97 beating at Staples Center.

Kevin Durant scored a game-high 27 points, but did not get much offensive help. Draymond Green had 16 points, Stephen Curry 13 and Klay Thompson 10 as the Warriors saw their four-game win streak snapped.

Lakers coach Luke Walton, who spent two seasons as a Warriors assistant – and 43 games as interim head coach last season – won his first head-to-head matchup with the man who brought him into NBA coaching: Warriors coach Steve Kerr.

Walton’s team was better in every phase, as the Lakers (3-3) played composed basketball while the Warriors (4-2) shot multiple air balls, missed numerous defensive assignments, bounced balls off their feet out of bounds, and even slapped a ball through the net at the LA end of the court.

So bad was it that Curry failed to make a 3-pointer for the first time in 157 regular-season games. He was 0-of-10 from deep.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

On a night when nobody in a Warriors jersey served with real distinction, Durant provided some offensive spark and Green did mostly solid work at both ends.

Durant’s line: 27 points (10-of-16 from the field, 2-of-4 beyond the arc), five rebounds, three assists and two steals. He played 35 minutes and was minus-17.

Green’s line: 16 points (6-10, 0-3), nine rebounds, four assists and four steals. He played 34 minutes and finished minus-10.

TURNING POINT

When the Warriors rallied within seven (89-82) with 47.2 seconds left in the third quarter, the Lakers came back with a 14-5 run spanning the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth to go up 103-87 with 6:57 left.

The Warriors only faded from there.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: G Pat McCaw (L ankle sprain) is listed as doubtful and declared out prior to tipoff. C Damian Jones (R pectoral surgery recovery) was listed as out.

Lakers: C Timofey Mozgov (L eye soft tissue contusion) was listed as doubtful and declared available prior to tipoff.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors return to action Monday night, when they face the New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena.

Damian Jones: Warriors training camp profile

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Damian Jones: 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.

10TH IN A SERIES

Player: Damian Jones
Position: Center
Height/weight: 7-0, 240
College: Vanderbilt
Age: 23
Salary: $1.54M (Year 3 of three-year rookie contract worth $4M. Team has until Oct. 31 to pick up his fourth-year option worth $2.31M)
NBA 2K Player Rating: 69

2017-18 in review: For the second year in a row, Jones remained mostly in the development stage, spending far more time playing with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors than with Golden State. He was a massive presence in some games, barely a factor in others. The Golden State staff and front office debated his progress, but never declared him ready to take playing time from their trio of veteran big men. He made 15 NBA appearances, playing a total of 89 minutes.

Key stats (G-League): 45 games (45 starts), averaging 15.0 points (68.1 percent FG, 69.7 percent FT), 8.1 rebounds, 2.2 blocks, 2.1 assists.

Season highs (G-League): Points (29), rebounds (16, twice), blocks (six), assists (six), minutes (40).

2018-19 outlook: After two seasons wondering what Jones can provide at the NBA level, this is the year the 7-footer will be given every chance to show he has something to offer. A superior athlete with a solid work ethic, Jones has been tasked with filling the role vacated by JaVale McGee. That means making an impact above the rim at both ends. If Jones can contribute off the bench and hold his own when making spot starts, the Warriors will have good reason to believe the 2016 first-round pick has a future in the league.

NBA rumors: Lakers less appealing to Jimmy Butler because of LeBron James

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NBA rumors: Lakers less appealing to Jimmy Butler because of LeBron James

Jimmy Butler currently is a member of the Timberwolves. That might not be the case for much longer.

League sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski on Wednesday that Butler requested a trade from Minnesota.

Sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that Butler would prefer to be shipped to the Knicks, Nets or Clippers.

What about the Lakers?

Well, as Wojnarowski wrote on Wednesday afternoon:

Butler had once imagined playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, but LeBron James' arrival as the franchise's cornerstone made it less appealing for Butler in the prime of his career, league sources said.

Kyrie Irving demanded a trade from Cleveland, Paul George stayed in OKC, there have been rumblings that Kawhi Leonard might prefer the Clippers over the Lakers, and now this.

What does this say, if anything, about LeBron James? It's all certainly ... interesting.

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