News ID: 211365
Published: 0254 GMT March 09, 2018

Durant rallies Warriors past Spurs after Curry injury

Durant rallies Warriors past Spurs after Curry injury
Warriors forward Kevin Durant (3nd L) goes up for the basket during an NBA victory over Spurs in Oakland’s Oracle Arena on March 8, 2018.
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Kevin Durant had 37 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots and almost single-handedly led the undermanned defending champions’ fourth-quarter rally past the San Antonio Spurs for a 110-107 win Thursday night after Stephen Curry went down early.

Steve Kerr chuckled not about Curry’s latest ankle trouble but just how good the Golden State Warriors can be without their two-time MVP, The Associated Press reported.

“We still have three All-Stars when Steph goes down,” Kerr said. “We still have a lot of talent.”

Durant hit his third straight jumper to tie it with 2:01 remaining before the Warriors went ahead on Draymond Green’s putback the following possession. Klay Thompson made two free throws with 15.9 seconds left.

Bryn Forbes’ three-point try from the top to tie it hit the front rim as the final buzzer sounded.

“I felt good shooting the midrange as always,” Durant said. “I tried to press go and shoot every time, not bad shots.”

Green had his third triple-double this season with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

Curry was lost for the night to a rolled right ankle early in the first quarter, then the Warriors responded without him to win their seventh straight since the All-Star break.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 30 points to lead the Spurs, who were without a star of their own after starting center Pau Gasol sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder late against Memphis on Monday.

Golden State trailed 87-78 going into the final 12 minutes, earning a fourth straight win and eighth in 12 against San Antonio after a 122-105 home victory Februar 10.

Curry tweaked his troublesome right ankle driving left for a layup at the 9:38 mark of the first quarter with two Spurs around him. He limped into the tunnel grimacing in pain and frustration, then initially stayed in the game to shoot free throws before heading to the locker room. The team said he was getting re-taped and going through tests, then Curry didn’t return — but the Warriors are going to be cautious at this stage of the season with the playoffs beginning next month.

Curry missed 11 games in December with the sprained right ankle and injured it again last Friday at Atlanta. He won’t travel or play at Portland on Friday.

Kerr is more concerned about health than the No. 1 seed now.

“We’ll get Steph healthy. We’ve proven we can win without him,” Kerr said.

 

 

 

   
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