Instant Replay: Warriors avoid disaster, escape Charlotte with win

Instant Replay: Warriors avoid disaster, escape Charlotte with win


The Warriors still have at least one streak of which they can be proud.


By riding a stirring fourth-quarter comeback for a 113-103 victory Wednesday night over the Hornets at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, the Warriors extended to 132 their streak of regular season games without consecutive losses.

Kevin Durant led the way, scoring a game-high 33 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter. Stephen Curry, in his annual homecoming game, totaled 28 points. Klay Thompson put in 19, and Draymond Green added 13.

The Warriors (39-7), clobbered on the glass and giving up a ton of second-chance points over the first three quarters, found their bearings in the fourth, resorting to the “Death Lineup” and holding the Hornets to 36.8-percent shooting while outrebounding them 11-4.

Kemba Walker scored a team-high 26 points for Charlotte (23-23).

Charlotte may be Curry’s hometown, but it was Durant who owned the town and the game on this night.

Durant’s line: 33 points (11-of-20 shooting from the field, including 1-of-4 from beyond the arc, 10-of-10 from the line), five rebounds, four blocks and two assists. He played 37 minutes and finished minus-1.

Trailing by three (94-91) with 6:03 remaining, the Warriors went on an 11-2 run to take a 102-96 lead, forcing the Hornets to call timeout with 3:30 remaining.

The Warriors closed out the game with a 22-9 run over the final 6:03.

Warriors: C Damian Jones was a healthy inactive. F/C David West (L thumb fracture) was listed as out.

Hornets: C Frank Kaminsky (nasal fracture) was listed as questionable and declared available prior to tipoff. G Brian Roberts (illness) and G Jeremy Lamb (metatarsal inflammation) and C Cody Zeller (quad contusion) were listed as questionable and downgraded to out.

The Warriors return to action Saturday, when the play host to the Los Angeles Clippers at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:35 p.m.


Andrew Bogut denies bitterness to Warriors: 'I'm a sarcastic a--hole'

Andrew Bogut denies bitterness to Warriors: 'I'm a sarcastic a--hole'

Early in the third quarter of Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals, Andrew Bogut sustained a season-ending knee injury.

The Warriors lost Games 6 and 7 to the Cavs and Golden State traded Bogut a couple of weeks later to make room for Kevin Durant.

"Look, I’m not stupid, man,” Bogut told Anthony Slater of The Athletic following his season debut in San Antonio. “The dude they made cap space for, I mean, look who he is. I’m not an idiot. You know, if it was someone else, a 12th man, I’d be pissed. But it’s one of the best players in basketball. So I totally get it.

"Was I disappointed? Of course. I wasn’t happy to get traded from a team that just went 73-9, went to the Finals, thought we had a chance to win it, but didn’t. But as far as hating the Warriors? No. I kept in touch with all the guys in this locker room — Andre, Draymond, Steph, Klay at times. Former guys like Harrison (Barnes). Steve would text me."

If you remember, things weren't exactly peachy between Bogut and the Warriors when the big man was shipped out of town.

As NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole wrote back in late June 2016:

The team has grown frustrated by Bogut’s unreliability, particularly in times of greatest need ... Bogut’s well-documented injury history, according to sources, accounts for only part of the team’s annoyance ... the Warriors apparently were displeased with much of Bogut’s postseason work prior to the injury.

In November 2016, prior to Bogut facing the Warriors for the first time, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft told Sam Amick:

"I don’t buy into the sources thing. I don’t buy into all that (expletive), because this league is so two-faced and everybody is so fake. The same people who made those comments will see me tomorrow and shake my hand and ask me how my family is. This league is full of people who are full of (expletive) and shallow, and that’s what you figure out in pro sports. It’s very hard to meet a genuine person who you can call your friend in this league."

Bogut understands how his comments were perceived as him taking a shot at the Warriors. But he can explain.

[LISTEN: Warriors Outsiders Podcast -- Dubs drop Bogut's debut in San Antonio]

"From afar, if you’re just reading text and you’re not looking at my body language or my mannerisms, there’s a lot of things I can say that can be misconstrued," he told The Athletic. "A s--tload of things.

"I’m a sarcastic a--hole. I like to have fun, say things. Sometimes if you’re reading in the form of text, it can come off different.”

Very true, Andrew. Very true.

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DeMarcus Cousins out for final game of Warriors road trip in Minnesota

DeMarcus Cousins out for final game of Warriors road trip in Minnesota

DeMarcus Cousins is going to miss his second straight game.

The Warriors' starting center will not play tonight when the Warriors close their four-game road trip in Minnesota, the team announced.

Andre Iguodala -- who did not play on Monday night at the Spurs because of dental work -- is probable.

Shaun Livingston and Jacob Evans are listed as questionable.

Andrew Bogut is expected to start again in place of Cousins. It's unclear at this point if Boogie will be in uniform when the Warriors face the Pacers at Oracle Arena on Thursday night.

[LISTEN: Warriors Outsiders Podcast -- Dubs drop Bogut's debut in San Antonio]

Golden State enters Tuesday's action tied with Denver for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

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