Down 17, Warriors force OT and win wild one over Heat 111-106

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Down 17, Warriors force OT and win wild one over Heat 111-106

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OAKLAND The Warriors battled back from a 17-point thirdquarter deficit to defeat the Miami Heat in overtime on Tuesday. The victorysnapped a five-game losing streak for the Warriors, and it was only the secondloss of the season for the Heat.Warriors 111, Heat 106 (OT)Star of the game: Dorell Wright came outof his slump in a big way. Wright had 20 points and three huge buckets to helpthe Warriors come back from a 17-point deficit.Wright hit a 3-pointer with 31 seconds remaining inregulation to tie the game at 96-96, then hit two more 3-pointers in overtime.Both of the 3-pointers came with the Warriors down two at the time, the firstwith 4:55 remaining and the second with 1:25 remaining.
Wright credited coach Mark Jackson.One thing is him sticking with me, said Wright, whofinished 20 points and 10 rebounds. Its nine games and Ive just stunk it up.I havent been good at all. I havent helped this team. When Im making shots,making plays for my teammates, getting rebounds thats when werebetter.Robinson produces: Guard Nate Robinsonhad 15 of his team-high 24 points in the fourth quarter, one in which theWarriors outscored Miami 24-12.Robinson didnt shoot well (4-for-12), but he got to theline, going 14-for-14.It was great to see Nate Robinson, who people havequestioned, doubted I didnt know what he was when was on other teams. But Iknow hes a fighter, I know hes a competitor and no pun intended, hes awarrior, Jackson said.Tough stretch: The Heat held the Warriorswithout a field goal for nearly 10 minutes to start the third quarter, takingcontrol of what had been a close one.Miami led 57-53 at halftime, but by the time David Leedunked with 2:11 remaining in the period Golden States first bucket of thequarter the Heat lead had grown to 80-65.That big deficit was the reason it turned out to be such abig win for the Warriors.Not just this win, were a team that beat the Knicks, Bullsand Heat, Jackson said. So we can beat very good teams. And we can beat verygood teams when things dont go our way because we are an outstanding defensiveteam. When you hold the Miami Heat to 12 points in the fourth quarter, you giveyourself a chance to win, you give yourself a chance to fight back andwin.Hanging in: The Warriors were shootingjust 35 percent from the field and had committed 18 turnovers, and were downonly 93-87. They stayed in the game because they didnt allow Miami to score inbunches let alone much at all.We fought, Jackson said. I talked about it all seasonlong. We are a team that is not going to quit. When it got tough, I thoughtthere was a point just like in life where you can fold the tent or you canbegin to believe and fight back and we did that.Brown injured: Warriors center KwameBrown appeared to injure his right shoulder midway through the third quarterwhile trying to get a rebound.He came out of the game and then headed to the locker room.He didnt return.Lees impact: Warriors power forwardDavid Lees been getting his double-doubles, but against the Heat his 20 pointsand 14 rebounds were meaningful.Said Lee: I finally, after a day off, kind of felt myselfagain after being sick. The thingweve done a poor job of is closing out games and thats all the way around.But on a personal level, I wanted to be aggressive defensively, rebounding andalso be aggressive offensively. You saw in overtime they went down to me aboutfive or six straight times and I found guys for shots and was able to scoreonce. I wanted to be aggressive. Ellison in house: Oracle CEO LarryEllison was in attendance courtside on Tuesday night, sitting approximately 10seats down from Warriors owner Joe Lacob.Ellison had tried to purchase the Warriors when previousowner Chris Cohan had the team up for sale. But Lacob wound up getting theteam.Ellison has been to Oracle Arena just two times for Warriorsgames. The first was a few years ago for a Cavaliers-Warriors game whenCleveland had LeBron James.No Curry, Biedrins: The Warriors playedwithout point guard Stephen Curry and center Andris Biedrins. Curry missed hissecond consecutive game after spraining his right ankle in San Antonio.Biedrins missed his third straight game with a sprainedright ankle and toe injury.

Durant building 'Thunder Stopper' reputation after 40-point effort

Durant building 'Thunder Stopper' reputation after 40-point effort

OAKLAND -- Kevin Durant, Thunder Stopper? With a second consecutive magnificent performance in decisive wins over his former Oklahoma City teammates, Durant may be adding a nickname.

Durant on Wednesday night posted his first 40-point game as a Warrior, carrying them to a 121-100 win over the Thunder at Oracle Arena.

He has scored 79 points in two games against OKC, taking only 40 shots to ring up such an impressive total. He was 13-of-16 Wednesday night and 15-of-24 in scoring 39 points in a 122-96 win on Nov. 3 at Oracle.

Though Durant downplayed his production, his coach and teammates were not surprised he has been so good against the team with which he spent nine seasons.

“It’s still kind of fresh, but we can’t deny the history of him with OKC,” Stephen Curry said.

“Every player in the NBA wants to play well against his old team,” coach Steve Kerr said. “For most guys, you feel that extra juice when you play against a team that you played on.”

Durant not only finished with a season-high point total but also added a team-best 12 rebounds, along with four assists and three blocks. He practically stamped his signature on the game.

“My teammates are doing a good job of freeing me up,” said Durant, who drilled 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. “I put the work in and prepared myself for every game. I just happened to knock them down.”

It’s not just that Durant was facing his former team, though. He was, once again, on opposite sides from longtime teammate and erstwhile friend Russell Westbrook. The two have not had much to say to each other since Durant’s decision last July to leave OKC and sign with the Warriors.

Little changed Wednesday night, though the two had a brief exchange in the second half, as Durant headed to the line to shoot a pair of free throws.

Asked if the two have talked, Westbrook said, “Nah,” despite the brief dialogue.

Durant carefully avoided saying anything remotely inflammatory about Westbrook or any of his former teammates.

“It’s good to see everybody,” he said. “Once the ball is tipped, you’re just playing. You’re just hooping. It’s as simple as that. But it’s definitely good to see everybody.”

Durant’s lone lowlight came when he blew a dunk with 1:45 left in the first half, taking flight about 10 feet from the basket and slamming the ball off the back of the rim and nearly to halfcourt.

“I thought I made it,” Durant said, “and then I heard the crowd.

“I was kind of upset. I tried to dunk it too hard, I think. I might have jumped from a little too far out. As I was close to the rim, I felt myself coming down a little earlier than usual.

“But, yeah, I should have made that one. That would have brought the crowd to its feet. But, hopefully, I’ll get another opportunity.”

The crowd was on its feet plenty, as was the case during Durant’s previous display against OKC. The Thunder won’t be back to Oakland this season.

Durant will have another chance to go after his former team and burnish his credentials as a Thunder Stopper when the teams meet on Feb. 11 in Oklahoma City.

 

Westbrook on Pachulia's flagrant foul: 'I'm going to get his ass back'

Westbrook on Pachulia's flagrant foul: 'I'm going to get his ass back'

Late in the first half of Wednesday's game between the Warriors and Thunder, Russell Westbrook collided with Zaza Pachulia.

Pachulia appeared to hit Westbrook in the face. The Thunder guard hit the floor and rolled around for a few seconds before bouncing back up.

The officials reviewed the play and assessed a flagrant foul on Pachulia.

After the game, Westbrook was asked about his vantage point on the play and he didn't hold back.

"I don't know. He me kind of hard. But it's alright. I'm going to get his ass back. Straight up," Westbrook said.

He was then asked if he noticed Pachulai standing over him.

"I didn't see that until just now, but I don't play that game. I'm going to get his ass back. Whenever that is, I don't know, but I don't play that game," Westbrook said.

Westbrook's comments were brought to Pachulia after the game and the Warriors center offered this rebuttal.

"I can't worry about that kind of comment. I'm part of an amazing team and we have a great goal of winning a championship. I'm all in with my energy, 100 percent. So we're thinking about this team, staying healthy, moving forward, getting better, getting to the playoffs and playing for the championship. That's what I'm thinking about. I'm not thinking about those kind of comments. That team is not there, so they may be thinking about other stuff like getting me back. Okay, you can get me back. But again, it's my 14th year, we all know what my game is, to play hard, not dirty. If it was a hard foul, it was a hard foul. It wasn't dirty at all. I'm not worried about this," Pachulia told the media.

Westbrook will get that chance on February 11 when the Warriors travel to Oklahoma City.