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Instant Replay: Warriors fight after Durant injury, fall late to Wiz

Instant Replay: Warriors fight after Durant injury, fall late to Wiz

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After Kevin Durant left early with a hyperextended knee, the Warriors took a perceptible emotional dip that the Washington Wizards exploited in building a 19-point first-half lead.

It barely was enough, as the Warriors regrouped at halftime and rallied in the third quarter Tuesday night but came up just short, taking a 112-108 loss at Verizon Center in Washington.

Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 25 points. Klay Thompson put in 16 points, Draymond Green and Shaun Livingston each totaled 14 points and Zaza Pachulia added 12.

Durant, making his first appearance as a Warrior in his hometown, played one scoreless minute before leaving the game.

The Warriors (50-10) again struggled from beyond the arc, going 8-of-27 (29.6 percent) after a 6-of-29 shooting night Monday in Philadelphia.

The Wizards (35-23) finished with six players in double figures, led by 25 from shooting guard Bradley Beal.

STANDOUT PERFORMER:
Someone needed to step out of the shadows and Livingston did. Someone needed to orchestrate a patchwork offense and Green did.

Livingston’s line: 14 points (5-of-7 shooting, 4-of-4 from the line), three rebounds, two blocks, two assists and one steal. He played 24 minutes and finished plus-four.

Green’s line: 14 points (6-of-11, 2-of-3 from deep), a team-high 14 assists, eight rebounds, two steals and one block. He played 40 minutes and finished at even-0.

TURNING POINT:
Though the Warriors battled back and led by as much as three, the course of this game changed when Durant went down in the first minute.

The Wizards took less than four minutes to go up 16-4 and were up 39-20 with 2:20 left in the first quarter. They led for most of the night after that, and pulled it out by outscoring the Warriors 6-2 in the final minute.

INJURY UPDATE:
Warriors: No injuries were listed. F Kevin Durant sustained a hyperextended L knee in the opening minute and did not return. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Wizards: No injuries listed.

WHAT’S NEXT:
The Warriors return to action Thursday, when they face the Bulls at United Center in Chicago. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. Pacific.

Andrew Bogut's agent had no idea center was talking to Warriors about return

Andrew Bogut's agent had no idea center was talking to Warriors about return

When rumors around Andrew Bogut's potential return to the Warriors began to circulate, many people were caught entirely off guard.

But it wasn't just fans and analysts who were surprised the 2005 No. 1 overall pick would be returning to help his former team capture another title. 

Bogut's agent apparently had no idea the veteran center and the Warriors had been discussing a return to the Bay Area.

“Funny enough, my agent didn’t even know,” Bogut told The Athletic's Ethan Strauss. “I told my agent, ‘Hey I’m talking to the Warriors,’ and he was like, ‘What the f***? Do they know I’m your agent? Why don’t they call me?’”

The 34-year-old last played for the Warriors during the 2015-16 season and has been out of the NBA since January of 2018.

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In the four games since his return to the two-time defending champions, Bogut is averaging 5.3 points and 6.2 rebounds while looking slimmer and more athletic, something he attributes to drinking more beer and having a less rigorous schedule while being back home in Australia. 

The unexpected reunion has been a success so far. Perhaps when Bogut officially hangs up his sneakers he can start a second career as an agent.

It's worked out so far.

Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic suffers gruesome leg injury vs. Nets

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Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic suffers gruesome leg injury vs. Nets

Blazers starting center Jusuf Nurkic suffered a horrible, horrible injury during Monday night's game against the Nets.

If you watched it live or have watched a replay, you know how brutal it was. If you haven't watched the video, DON'T.

Just think Gordon Hayward, Kevin Ware, Paul George and Shaun Livingston.

It was that bad.

Shortly after midnight, the Blazers announced that Nurkic suffered a compound fractures to his left tibia and fibula, and that there is no timetable for his return.

Nurkic was having a monster game at the time of the injury, dropping in 32 points and grabbing 16 rebounds, and the Blazers beat the Nets in double overtime, but neither matters at this point.

Losing Nurkic is another huge blow for the Blazers, who currently sit in fourth place in the Western Conference. They are already playing without shooting guard CJ McCollum, who strained his popliteus muscle in his left knee.

Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins was among the current and former players to send their thoughts and prayers to Nurkic.