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Instant Replay: Warriors wake up, roar back to beat Sixers

Instant Replay: Warriors wake up, roar back to beat Sixers

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OAKLAND -- The Warriors snapped their three-game losing streak Tuesday night, dropping several gallons of sweat in a ferocious fourth-quarter comeback that yielded a 106-104 win over the stubborn Philadelphia 76ers.

Stephen Curry (29) and Klay Thompson (28) combined for 57 points, and Draymond Green emerged as a third scorer with 20 as the Warriors overcame another poor offensive performance. Matt Barnes, coming off the bench, added 10 points.

The Warriors (53-14) were outshot (44.9 percent to 36.8) and outrebounded (49-42) The Sixers even had more assists, 28-24.

But after a disastrous third quarter, during which they shot 23.1 percent and were outscored 31-20, the Warriors regrouped in the fourth quarter to hold the 76ers to 14 points on 6-of-20 shooting.

Rookie forward Dario Saric scored 25 points to lead Philadelphia (24-43), which has lost eight of its last 10 games.

STANDOUT PERFORMER:
Thompson and Green spent the evening doing their part to make it a game. Thompson did most of his damage early, keeping the Warriors in range, while Green spread his work throughout the entire game.

Green’s line: 20 points (4-of-12, 1-of-4, 11-of-14), eight assists, seven rebounds, six blocks and four steals. He played 38 minutes and finished plus-15.

Thompson’s line: 28 points (10-of-22 from the field, including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc, 3-of-3 from the line) and two rebounds. He played 37 minutes and finished minus-7.

TURNING POINT:
Trailing 90-78 after three quarters, the Warriors opened the fourth with a 15-2 run to up 93-92 on a Shaun Livingston jumper with 7:34 remaining. That gave them their first lead of the second half.

The teams exchanged leads over the final minutes until a Curry 3-pointer put the Warriors ahead for good, at 101-99 with 3:42 left.

INJURY UPDATE:
Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain, bone bruise) was listed as out.

76ers: G Jerryd Bayless (L wrist surgery), C Joel Embiid (L knee injury), F Ben Simmons (R foot fracture) and F/C Tiago Splitter (R calf strain) were listed as out. F Robert Covington (R knee soreness) was listed as out but upgraded to available.

WHAT’S NEXT:
The Warriors return to action Thursday night at Oracle Arena, where they play host to the Orlando Magic. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:35 p.m.

 

Kyrie Irving details why the Celtics can beat the Warriors in a seven-game series

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Kyrie Irving details why the Celtics can beat the Warriors in a seven-game series

The Warriors have the best odds of winning the 2019 title.

The Celtics have the second best odds.

Kyrie Irving is confident that his squad will be hoisting the Larry O'Brien trophy in June.

"Can we beat Golden State in a seven-game series? Yes," Irving told ESPN's Jackie MacMullan. "Because of who we have, and what we're establishing here, not just for this season, but for hopefully for the next few years, something that's pretty special.

"I've played against Golden State in three straight Finals -- two that I was able to participate in -- and seeing them evolve, with the talent they have, and then adding DeMarcus Cousins, it's like 'OK, the whole league is on notice.'

"But there's one factor that they're aware of, and I'm aware of, and that's that I've seen them up close. I've played them so many times. We've gone in a seven-game series so I know what it takes."

Yes he does.

Over Games 3 through 7 in the 2016 Finals, Kyrie averaged 30.8 points and 4.4 assists while shooting just under 51 percent from the field (he also made a kind of important shot late in Game 7).

The five-time All-Star averaged 29.4 points and 4.4 assists on 47 percent shooting in the 2017 Finals.

Over the past couple of years, the Warriors' star players have consistently praised Kyrie and they genuinely respect his game.

The feeling is mutual as Kyrie understands the immense challenge that lies ahead.

"How do I communicate to our guys that this is the top-tier team, and we have to grow immensely in the next six months to beat them consistently? Not just one game, not just two, but in a seven-game series, because they're so dang great," Kyrie said. "They're a powerhouse."

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

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.