Curry's 32 helps W's back on track, past Blazers

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Curry's 32 helps W's back on track, past Blazers

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OAKLAND Stephen Curry had 32 points, Monta Ellis had 12 assists and David Lee had 26 points as the Warriors held off the Portland Trail Blazers and got their first win on a six-game road trip after starting with consecutive losses.Warriors 101, Blazers 93Star of the game: Stephen Curry scored a season-high 32 points, including 6-for-8 from 3-point range, to help the Warriors snap a three-game losing streak.He took what the defense gave him, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. He picked them apart in pick-and-roll situations. When they didnt play him he came off as a scorer, when they doubled him he put David in position to make shots and trust that David would make the right decisions so others would get involved.
Unsung star: Ekpe Udoh finished with four points, seven rebounds and two blocks, but it was his defense on Portlands LaMarcus Aldridge down the stretch that proved big.Aldridge, one of the games premier power forwards, had just two points in the fourth quarter and it was largely because of Udoh.During a big stretch late, with the game still in the balance, Udoh forced Aldridge into a miss and turnover on consecutive possessions, which allowed Golden State some breathing room.When Ekpe Udoh plays like that he leaves me no choice but to leave him in the game and trust hes going to get the job done, Jackson said. Outstanding defense against one of the best if not the best power forward in the game. Not that he wont score, but he made (Aldridge) work for everything.Aldridge finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists.Key stretch: With the Warriors clinging to a three-point lead with just under five minutes remaining, they got four consecutive stops and a couple buckets of their own to take a 95-88 lead with 2:55 remaining. From that point, the Warriors brought it home.Currys big third quarter: The Warriors turned a 53-48 halftime deficit into a 79-73 lead after three quarters, and it was largely because of Stephen Curry.Curry had 16 points in the period, which included four 3-pointers. Through three quarters, Curry had 28 points on 11-for-17 shooting, including 6-for-8 from beyond the arc.For the game, the Warriors went 11-for-20 from 3-point range.I cant (explain it), Portland coach Nate McMillan said. We know what Curry is capable of doing. I know that they came out red hot. We lost (Brandon) Rush a couple of times in the first half and carrying it into the second half. These guys can shoot the 3-ball.Ellis the non-scorer: Ellis had an uncharacteristically low field goal attempt total on Wednesday, taking just nine shots and making two. Ellis didn't attempt a field goal in the third quarter and certainly wasn't his aggressive self -- at least as far as aggressive taking shots.He finished with a season-high 12 assists and three steals."You could tell s of late that teams are keyingin on him especially when he has the ball, waiting for the pick and roll," Curry said. "They were loading the defense to his side. He still did a great job of attacking and making plays on the weak side where we had shooters spacing. That's what leaders do."Going small: For the final four minutes of the second quarter, Jackson went small very small. He had Nate Robinson, Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis all playing together.No doubt four minutes was a small sample size for that threesome but the game was tied 42-42 when Jackson went in that direction. At halftime, Portland led 53-48.Tyler sighting: Rookie Jeremy Tyler got some playing time in the first half a rarity. In fact, Tyler logged seven minutes in the first and second quarters, and he had logged just eight minutes the entire season up to that point. Tyler didnt do badly while he was in there, and neither did the Warriors. When Tyler entered the game with 22 seconds remaining in the first quarter, the Warriors were down 26-24.When Tyler checked out midway through the second period, the Warriors were hanging in there, tied with Portland 38-38.Tyler was spoon-fed a dunk and a layup and wound up with five points and a rebound during that stint.Thompson making strides: Its no secret that one of the best things about the Warriors this early season has been their bench. And rookie Klay Thompson has certainly gotten better since the beginning of the season.After starting slowly and tentatively, Thompson has become more aggressive and is looking for his shot more. The upshot is Thompson is now shooting 44.7 percent from 3-point range.Hes much more confident, for whatever reason, Jackson said before the game. I thought early on in the season he turned down shots. Who knows what the explanation was. After talking with him, I forgot which game it was, at halftime I told him Reggie Miller would never shake his head after missing a shot.Hes a shooter and I did not want him turning down shots. I promised him I would never take him out of the game for missing a shot, and thats a fact. Hes been everything we thought he would be when we drafted him and hes only going to get better.

Warriors All-Stars combine for 56 points, West wins

Warriors All-Stars combine for 56 points, West wins

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NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis had an All-Star Game for the record books.

And on a night when Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant provided a glimpse of the past, Giannis Antetokounmpo showed he's clearly part of the future and a midcourt lob attempt from James Harden even went in, Davis absolutely stole the show.

He scored 52 points, 10 more than Wilt Chamberlain's All-Star record that had stood for 55 years, and the Western Conference beat the Eastern Conference 192-182 on Sunday night — the highest-scoring game in league history.

Davis made 26 shots and took 39, both of those also All-Star records. He even outdid Westbrook, who had 41 points in just 20 minutes — which ordinarily would have been enough to merit him what would have been a third straight MVP award.

Not this time. It was Davis hoisting the trophy, to the delight of his New Orleans fans.

"It was a lot of fun," Davis said. "My teammates did a great job of looking for me."

Durant had a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Stephen Curry added 21 points for the West — where a subplot emerged as DeMarcus Cousins played only two minutes, prompting some speculation that a trade sending him out of Sacramento might be looming.

Antetokounmpo had 30 points for the East, with 12 dunks in his night. LeBron James scored 23 points to become the first All-Star to eclipse 300 in a career, Kyrie Irving had 22 points and 14 assists, and Isaiah Thomas scored 20 for the East.

Davis became the story that overshadowed The Story coming into this game, that being the Durant-Westbrook whatever.

And if there is any animus remaining between Durant and Westbrook, it was hidden. They passed each other the ball and slapped hands in the pregame layup line, and not long after Westbrook checked into the game the former Oklahoma City teammates provided one of the game's top highlights — a give-and-go, capped by Durant lobbing the ball to set Westbrook up for a dunk.

"OH MY GOD! WHAT JUST HAPPENED?" Curry shouted on the West bench, which moments later broke into celebration. Players jumped and threw hands skyward, Curry tossing a cupful of water onto a smiling Durant amid it all.

Draymond Green called the play "cute," and Westbrook and Durant seemed happy with it as well.

"It was a nice give-and-go, man," Westbrook said. "Good give-and-go. Made a good pass. I barely got over the rim, but it was a nice give-and-go."

Added Durant: "It was a great basketball play. He was open so I threw him the lob. He can jump really high so yeah, good play."

Some fans were shouting "De-Fense!" in the fourth quarter. West center DeAndre Jordan heard them, rising from his seat on the West bench to yell "No, no, no" back in their direction.

If those fans were serious, they were disappointed.

Westbrook scored 12 points — all on 3s — in a 63-second span late in the third quarter, coming off the bench and firing over and over and over again. And then he opened the fourth quarter with another 3, giving him 34 points in just under 14 minutes played to that point.

It looked like he was a cinch for MVP honors, until Davis scored 20 points in the fourth.

TIP-INS

East: Irving also led the East in rebounds with seven. ... Kyle Lowry scored 19 points and DeMar DeRozan added 16. ... No East player logged more than 24 minutes.

West: Curry took cover in the third quarter, comically hitting the deck face-first as Antetokounmpo went in for yet another dunk. So later in the quarter, Antetokounmpo went over Curry for a rebound slam — one that left Curry staring at the scoreboard for a replay. ... Kawhi Leonard had a steal and dunk in the opening minute, a defensive display that left West coach Steve Kerr in hysterics.

EMBIID CLOSE

Joel Embiid wanted to be in the All-Star Game, and he was close — literally and figuratively.

The Philadelphia star sat on the edge of the baseline next to the West bench, meaning he got to greet players throughout the night and share a few words with some at halftime.

CELEB WATCH

A huge roar greeted Jon Batiste, who performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" pregame, when he started the song.

It wasn't for him.

That happened to be the moment when John Legend — the halftime performer — and Chrissy Teigen were shown at their sideline seats on the video screens around the arena. And a louder cheer came not long afterward when Beyonce and Jay Z got on-screen.

Among the other celebs in the seats: Guy Fieri, Dave Chappelle, Julius Erving, Alonzo Mourning, Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson and The Roots.

UP NEXT

The next All-Star Game is Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles, which will host for a record sixth time.

Thompson eliminated in first round of All-Star 3-point contest

Thompson eliminated in first round of All-Star 3-point contest

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson will not repeat as the NBA All-Star Game's 3-point shootout champion. 

In need of 19 points, Thompson managed only 18 -- that allowed Kemba Walker to advance into the semifinals. 

Houston's Eric Gordon had the high score of the first round. He went on to win the championship -- besting Kyrie Irving.

Thompson has made 182 3-pointers this season which ranks him fifth in the league.