News ID: 209330
Published: 0312 GMT February 03, 2018

Durant leads Warriors past Kings; shorthanded Celtics beat Hawks

Durant leads Warriors past Kings; shorthanded Celtics beat Hawks
Warriors forward Kevin Durant (R) goes to the basket against Sacramento Kings Stein during an NBA game in Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center on February 2, 2018.
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Kevin Durant connected on six of Golden State’s 17 three-pointers Friday night, helping the Warriors avenge a November loss to the Sacramento Kings with a 119-104 victory at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif.

Durant had 33 points, Stephen Curry 23 and Klay Thompson 20 for Golden State, which made 17 of its 33 3-point attempts and outscored the Kings 51-30 from beyond the arc, Reuters reported.

The win was the Warriors’ 11th straight following a loss this season. They have not recorded a two-game losing streak all season.

Golden State was coming off a 129-99 loss at Utah on Tuesday night.

All five Kings starters scored in double figures, led by Zach Randolph with 18 points.

Sacramento had beaten the Warriors in their last meeting, taking advantage of the absences of Durant (sprained ankle) and Curry (bruised hand) to record a 110-106 win at Golden State in November.

The Kings also had beaten their Northern California rival in their most recent meeting in Sacramento, that coming last February in a 109-106 overtime affair.

The Warriors trailed by as many as 13 points in the first quarter, then led only 89-88 with 7:55 to go before getting five late three-pointers, including two apiece by Durant and Nick Young, to pull away.

Young finished with 12 points, all coming on 4-for-6 shooting on three-pointers.

Thompson also had four three-pointers, while Curry added three.

Zaza Pachulia contributed a game-high 13 rebounds for the Warriors, who were playing the front end of a road back-to-back. They visit Denver on Saturday.

 

Hawks 110 Celtics 119

 

Terry Rozier scored 10 of his career-high 31 points in a Boston flurry late in the third quarter Friday night, propelling the Celtics to a 119-110 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at TD Garden in Boston.

Jayson Tatum complemented Rozier with 27 points, helping the Celtics beat the Hawks for the third straight time this season in a duel between the teams with the best and worst records in the Eastern Conference.

The Celtics were playing for a second consecutive game without All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, out with a bruised quad. Boston was also without Marcus Morris (hip), Marcus Smart (hand) and Shane Larkin (knee).

Taurean Prince paced the Hawks with a career-high 31 points.

Atlanta led 55-53 at halftime and hung within 80-72 before the Celtics ran away over the final 3:40 of the third period.

Rozier ignited a 14-3 spurt with a jumper and a three-pointer. Then, after he and Tatum combined to make six free throws, Rozier capped the run with another three-pointer, giving Boston a 94-75 lead headed into the final period.

Al Horford, who played his first nine seasons for the Hawks before leaving for a four-year, $113-million-offer in free agency in 2016, contributed 17 points, six rebounds and seven assists to Boston’s win.

Jaylen Brown had 19 points and Aron Baynes 11 for the Celtics, who were playing the middle game of a three-game homestand.

Boston shot 50.6 percent from the field and 11-for-24 on 3s, with Rozier connecting on six of his eight 3-point attempts.

Rozier’s previous career-high had been 23 points, set in November against Orlando.

Prince had 30 at Toronto in December for his previous career-best.

Dennis Schroder, hampered of late with a sore shoulder, added 25 points on 10-for-20 shooting for the Hawks, who were tipping off a three-day, two-game trip to Boston and New York.

Schroder, who entered the game with a team-leading 19.4 scoring average, had averaged just 12.8 points in his previous three games, shooting just 35 percent from the field and missing 14 of his 15 three-point attempts. He made one of his two 3-pointers against the Celtics.

Marco Belinelli (15) and Kent Bazemore (11) also scored in double figures for the Hawks, who have lost five of six.

 

   
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