Instant Replay: Curry, Warriors blow out Bucks after slow start

Instant Replay: Curry, Warriors blow out Bucks after slow start


OAKLAND -- The Warriors looked like themselves Saturday night, largely because Stephen Curry returned to familiar form.

With Curry scoring 28 points, including six 3-pointers, the Warriors overcame an atrocious start to lay a 117-92 beating on the Milwaukee Bucks before a sellout crowd (19,596) at Oracle Arena.

The victory, combined with San Antonio’s loss at Memphis, gives the Warriors (55-14) a 2.5-game lead over the Spurs (52-16) in the race for the No. 1 overall seed in the postseason.

Klay Thompson put in 21 points, while Andre Iguodala added 15 off the bench to support Curry in the scoring department.

The Warriors outrebounded the Bucks 44-35, holding Milwaukee to 40.4 percent from the field while shooting 60 percent against the Milwaukee defense. The Warriors are now 31-0 when they shoot at least 50 percent.

Rookie guard Malcolm Brogdon led the Bucks (34-35) in scoring, with 18 points as they lost for only the second time in 10 games.

Curry got his groove back and JaVale McGee made a tremendous impact off the bench, especially during the first-half rally.

Curry’s line: 28 points (9-of-13 from the field, including 6-of-8 from 3-point distance, 4-of-4 from the line), four rebounds and four assists. He played 30 minutes and finished plus-18.

McGee’s line: 8 points (4-of-4), four rebounds and one block. He was plus-18 in 12 minutes.

Trailing 25-11 with 5:05 left in the first quarter, the Warriors cranked up the defense and roared back with a 25-5 run to take a 36-30 lead on an Ian Clark layup with 9:21 left in the half.

The Warriors, who scored eight consecutive baskets during the run, pushed the lead to 63-44 at the half.

The Bucks, who made 10 of their first 13 shots, were 7-of-33 over the remainder of the half and never got closer than 19 points after intermission.

Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain, bone bruise) was listed as out. C Damian Jones and F Kevon Looney are on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Bucks: F Michael Beasley (L knee hyperextension) and F Jabari Parker (L knee surgery) were listed as out.

The Warriors leave Sunday for a two-game road trip beginning in Oklahoma City, where on Monday they will face the Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.


Warriors' championship-level defense may never get recognition it deserves

Warriors' championship-level defense may never get recognition it deserves

The Warriors talk defense from sunup to midnight, and maybe beyond. They explain why defense is essential to their offense, which gets universal praise -- accolades that should go to their defense.

The latest example came Monday, when the NBA announced its All-Defensive teams.

Warriors forward Draymond Green was voted to the first team, one vote short of unanimously, and none of his teammates joined him on the five man first team.

Or the five-man second team.

Guard Klay Thompson finished 12th in the balloting, with 45 votes, including 16 for first place. He was omitted from 71 of 100 ballots.

Forward Kevin Durant finished 23rd, with six votes, all second place. He was omitted from 94 ballots. Guard Stephen Curry finished 29th, with three votes, omitted from 97 ballots.

Forward Andre Iguodala finished 30th, with three votes, including one for first place, and was omitted from 98 ballots.

As always, there was some dubious voting, including the omission of Green from one ballot and the inclusion of Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas -- who ranked 410th among the league’s 411 defenders with a rating -- on one ballot.

But the Warriors continue to be identified by their No. 1-ranked offense while being more accurately defined by their defense, which ranked No. 2 in defensive rating.

It ranked No. 1 in practically every other category that matters. The Warriors were tops in field-goal percentage defense (overall and from 3-point distance), fewest points per shot, blocks and steals.

But if they were hoping for more recognition for the primary reason why they’ve won two championships in three seasons -- and more regular-season games in a three-year span than any team in NBA history -- that’s not happening.

Not now, and maybe not any time soon when folks are so mesmerized by the offensive fireworks provided by Curry, Durant and Thompson.

Draymond Green receives most votes on 2016-17 NBA All-Defensive Team

Draymond Green receives most votes on 2016-17 NBA All-Defensive Team

For the third straight season, Draymond Green is considered one of the best five defenders in the NBA.

The NBA announced Monday that Green was named to the 2017 NBA All-Defensive First Team.

Of the 100 ballots submitted, according to the NBA, Green received 99 first-place votes, but no second-place votes, meaning one voter left Green off their ballot.

Green is joined by Utah's Rudy Gobert, San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles' Chris Paul and Houston's Patrick Beverley.

Gobert and Leonard also recieved 99 of a possible 100 First or Second team votes.

Green, Leonard and Gobert are the three finalists for the Defensive Player of the Year, which will be announced Monday night during the NBA Awards Show in New York.

Green is the first player in Warriors franchise history to earned All-Defensive First Team honors three years in a row.

In a season when he had several game-saving plays, Green averaged 10.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.38 blocks and a league-leading 2.03 steals in 76 games. Green was also the first player in franchise history with at least 150 steals and 100 blocks in a season.

Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson received eight First-Team votes and 29 Second-Team votes for a total of 45 points. NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant received six Second-Team votes. Sixth Man of the Year candidate Andre Iguodala received one First-Team vote and one Second-Team vote. Two-time MVP Stephen Curry received three Second-Team votes.

Below are the voting results for the 2016-17 NBA All-Defensive Teams. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP. Complete media ballots will be posted at tomorrow (Tuesday, June 27).