Instant Replay: Without Curry, Warriors gut out win in Portland

Instant Replay: Without Curry, Warriors gut out win in Portland


Stephen Curry never left the hotel, and neither did Klay Thompson’s jumper. The 3-point line was no friend of the Warriors on Sunday night in Portland.

So they turned to Kevin Durant and the foul line.

With the Durant scoring a game-high 33 points and the Warriors making a season-high 33 free throws, they were able to hold on for a 113-111 win over the determined Trail Blazers at Moda Center.

Thompson scored 27 points on 6-of-21 shooting from the field, 13-of-15 from the line), Zaza Pachulia tossed in 14 and Andre Iguodala came off the bench to add an important 12 points as the Warriors (41-7) won for the 10th time in 11 games.

The Warriors were 8-of-26 (30.8 percent) from beyond the arc, while Portland (21-28) was 10-of-27.

The victory gave the Warriors a four-game season sweep over the Blazers.

From a macro perspective, it was a Durant kind of night. From a micro perspective, it was a Pachulia night.

Durant’s line: 33 points (13-of-26 shooting from the field, including 1-of-7 from deep, 6-of-6 from the line), 10 rebounds, six assists and a blocked shot. He played 36 minutes and finished minus-3.

Pachulia’s line: 14 points (3-of-5, 8-of-10 from the line), five rebounds, four steals and two assists. He played 23 minutes and finished plus-12.

Each team had impressive runs, keeping the game close, but the Warriors never trailed after the first few minutes.

Up 99-97 with 2:32 to play, the Warriors achieved final separation with a 7-2 run punctuated by a Thompson triple with 37.5 seconds remaining.

The Warriors, who were tied three times in the second half, maintained the lead until the final buzzer.

Warriors: G Stephen Curry (stomach flu) and C/F David West (L thumb fracture) were listed as out.

Blazers: F Maurice Harkless (L calf strain) is listed as probable. F Ed Davis (L wrist sprain) is listed as doubtful. C Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery) is listed as out.

The Warriors return to action Wednesday night when they play host to the Charlotte Hornets at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:35.

Steph Curry blames LA Kings for slip on breakaway dunk vs. Clippers

Steph Curry blames LA Kings for slip on breakaway dunk vs. Clippers

For just one moment, Steph Curry showed he was human.

Late on the third quarter on Monday night, and with the Warriors firmly in control against the Lakers, Curry intercepted a pass and had an uncontested layup or dunk in front of him.

Then something weird happened. As he tried to plant his feet, Curry slipped and lost the ball. Andre Iguodala raced down, collected the ball and handed back to Curry, who airballed a 3-pointer. It was the ultimate blooper for one of the world's best basketball players.

A night after the embarrassing moment, Curry went on The Late Late Show with James Corden, and of course, the slip and airball came up.

"See what happened was," Curry said jokingly. "The LA Kings had a game right before us and they must not have put the floor back on top of the ice all the way, because there was a little wet spot and I slipped. in my head, I knew I was about to do something crazy, 360 dunk I've never done in my life. And it just didn't happen."

Actor Ron Funches, also a guest on the show, chimed in with a well-timed question.

"How does the ice explain the airball?" Funches asked.

Curry was left speechless.

"Touche," was all Curry could offer in response.

You can watch the whole exchange here:

How Mychal Thompson handled watching Klay score 44 points vs. Lakers

How Mychal Thompson handled watching Klay score 44 points vs. Lakers

Mychal Thompson was in a tough spot on Monday night.

His son, Klay, went off for 44 points and 10 3-pointers in the Warriors' 130-111 win over the Lakers.

Mychal just happens to be one of the Lakers radio broadcasters for 710 ESPNLA and had a front-row seat to Klay's insane night.

So how did Mychal handle calling the game while his son was putting on a show against the team he played for and now works for?

"Well, I handle it just like any other player, whether it's Steph [Curry] or [Damian] Lillard or if it's Paul George," Mychal said on Tuesday on 95.7 The Game. 'When they get into a zone, I just keep it simple and say they just gotta get to Klay or whichever player is hot and make sure you try to deny him the ball or try to get him off of his rhythm. Or I say, if a certain player is hot like Klay was last night, the team should continue to milk that player until he cools off.

"So, I just analyze it that way, whether it's Klay or any other player out there shooting the ball that well. Everybody knows he's my son and I pull for him, so I don't have to emphasize that. I just keep it straight, strictly business. If a guy is that hot, Klay or any player. Kyrie Irving, no matter who it is, you gotta find a way to keep giving him the ball, or if you're defending him, do something to get him out of his rhythm."

There have been rumors that Klay might be interested in joining the Lakers when he becomes a free agent this summer. That would make things easy on Mychal. But the former Lakers star has been quick to shoot down the idea that Klay would leave the Warriors and did so again on Tuesday.

"People think I’m exaggerating, he is in the perfect situation." Mychal said on 95.7 The Game. "You can’t ask for anything better than what the Warriors have now and going forward. So, there’s no reason to leave.”