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Kevin Durant passes Oakland's Gary Payton on NBA all-time scoring list

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Kevin Durant passes Oakland's Gary Payton on NBA all-time scoring list

For the second straight game, Kevin Durant has passed a Hall of Famer on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

With two free throws at the 4:52 mark in the second quarter on Wednesday night in Utah, Durant dropped in his 21,813th and 21,814th points, tying and passing Oakland native Gary Payton for 32nd place on the all-time list.

Payton was born in Oakland and attended Skyline High School.

On Monday against Memphis, Durant passed Celtics icon Larry Bird.

Next up on the list? Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler, who sits at 22,195 career points.

Considering that Durant has a soft spot in his heart for all things Seattle, passing Payton surely means a lot to him.

NBA rumors: Warriors rule out injured Klay Thompson for rest of season

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NBA rumors: Warriors rule out injured Klay Thompson for rest of season

The Warriors have missed Klay Thompson this season, and they'll reportedly miss him for the rest of it.

Golden State ruled Thompson out for the remainder of the season, The New York Times' Marc Stein reported Thursday. 

The star shooting guard has spent the entire season rehabbing the torn left ACL he suffered in Game 6 of the last year's NBA FInals, with some of the rehab coming while wearing a full Warriors uniform. Warriors coach Steve Kerr expected this result all season, telling NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock in October that it was "unlikely that [Thompson was] going to play this year."

"You have to look at it realistically," Kerr said at the time. "I had an ACL [tear] in college, and I missed a whole season. Generally, an ACL for a basketball player is a full-year recovery, and if it's a full year for Klay, that puts them out for the season."

It has been a rough season for the Warriors. With Thompson out for the entire season and Steph Curry going down during the second week with a broken hand, the Warriors have sunk to the bottom of the NBA, using the down season to recharge and reload in hopes of continuing their title run next season. 

[RELATED: Report: Did Dubs acquire Wiggins for future GIannis trade?]

While Thompson hasn't been electrifying fans on the court this season, he has entertained on social media. He had fun taking the ferry to San Francisco, wore a Kimono, loved ex-teammate JaVale McGee's dunk and had a brief stint as a sideline reporter for NBC Sports Bay Area.

They reportedly won't rush Thompson back to knock off the rust this season, but the Warriors should be at full strength when they open up next season refreshed and ready to reclaim their throne.

This story is being updated. 

Warriors vs. Rockets watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

Warriors vs. Rockets watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

SAN FRANCISCO -- Refreshed in the wake of the All-Star break, the Warriors on Thursday go back to work against familiar enemies with an unfamiliar look.

Gone are most of the Rockets who faced the Warriors in four of the past five postseasons and were eliminated each time. Though James Harden remains, the reshuffled starting lineup is without a center -- or anyone taller than 6-foot-8 forward Robert Covington.

Which should make for intrigue when the teams meet at Chase Center. Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff of the TNT telecast scheduled for 7:35.

The Warriors (12-43) have lost four straight and 10 of their last 11. They did, however, pull off their most surprising win of the season, 116-104, against Houston on Christmas Day at Chase.

After a January stretch during which they lost seven of 11 games, the Rockets (34-20) shook up their roster in an effort to solidify their playoff positioning, trading starting center Clint Capela and leaving 37-year-old Tyson Chandler as the only active center on the roster.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Rockets

F – Robert Covington
F – Danuel House
C – P.J. Tucker
G – Russell Westbrook
G – James Harden

Warriors

F – Andrew Wiggins
F – Draymond Green
C – Marquese Chriss
G – Damian Lee
G – Jordan Poole

INJURY REPORT

Rockets: G Eric Gordon (left lower leg contusion) is listed as questionable.

Warriors: G Stephen Curry (left hand fracture) and G Klay Thompson (left ACL rehabilitation) are listed as out.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Rockets: Capela’s absence effectively moves Tucker to C, where his sturdy 6-5, 240-pound frame relies on physicality to compete in the paint. Results thus far have been mixed, as Houston had won three in a row before the trade deadline but has since gone 2-2.

The other new face, along with Covington, is itinerant F Jeff Green, who signed a 10-day contract on Tuesday. He has played for nine different franchises.

Harden’s 35.3 ppg leads the NBA, with Westbrook’s 27.2 ppg ranking seventh in the NBA and second on the Rockets.

Key players off the bench have been G Eric Gordon, the Sixth Man, along with G Austin Rivers and G Ben McLemore, who is showing signs of stabilizing his career.

Beginning with the Christmas Day loss, Houston has lost seven of its last 11 road games.

In contrast to their lack of postseason success against the Warriors, the Rockets have won six of the last nine regular-season meetings, including a 129-112 rout last Nov. 6 in Houston.

Warriors: With the 10-day contracts of PG Jeremy Pargo and SG Zach Norvell expiring, the Warriors are down to 10 available players. They are expected to sign 7-1 C Dragan Bender to a 10-day contract and add him to the roster by Sunday.

[RELATED: Bender compared himself to Draymond during draft interview]

Meanwhile, the bench consists of PG Ky Bowman, C/F Kevon Looney, PF Eric Paschall, C/F Alen Smailagic and SF Juan Toscano-Anderson. Only Paschall has been healthy and in the rotation all season.

In three games since joining the Warriors, Wiggins is averaging 23.0 ppg on 57.5-percent shooting, including 56.7 pct. from distance.

After spending the first half of the season at SG, Poole has been shifted to PG and will make his second start there. He had 12 points, three assists and three rebounds over 32 minutes in the last game before the break, Feb. 12 at Phoenix.

Chriss is averaging 14.0 ppg on 63.4-percent shooting over his last 11 games, nine of which were starts.

Poole’s streak of consecutive free throws is at 19.

Officials: John Goble (crew chief), Nick Buchert, JB DeRosa.