Instant Replay: No Iguodala or Bogut, no problem for W's

Instant Replay: No Iguodala or Bogut, no problem for W's
March 18, 2014, 9:45 pm
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Klay Thompson's stat line Tuesday night: 20 points (7-14 FG, 4-5 3's), 3 rebounds, 2 assists. (USATI)


OAKLAND – In the hours before the game, Stephen Curry spoke of the Warriors not allowing themselves to let up against lowly Orlando.

Curry went out Tuesday night and kept his word, scoring a game-high 23 points to lead the Warriors to a 103-89 romp over the Magic before a sellout crowd (19,596) at Oracle Arena.

Playing without starting forward Andre Iguodala (right knee tendinitis) and starting center Andrew Bogut (left ankle soreness), the Warriors (43-26) still beat up on one of the weakest teams in the league.

Curry led five Warriors in double figures, as Klay Thompson and David Lee each scored 20 points. Marreese Speights finished with 13 points and Steve Blake with 12, both coming off the bench.

After allowing Orlando to shoot 54.1 percent in the first half, the Warriors picked up their defense in the second half, holding the Magic to 45.5 percent for the game.

Orlando (19-49) was led by center Nikola Vucevic, who finished with 15 points. The Magic fell to 0-12 in road games against Western Conference competition.

STANDOUT PERFORMER: The Splash Brothers were at it again, for the second consecutive game, with Curry having the slightly more efficient game.

Curry needed only 12 shots to get his 23 points, and he also was credited with five assists.

Thompson was particularly deadly from long distance, connecting on 4-of-5 3-point attempts.

TURNING POINT: After Orlando opened the second half with two baskets, closing to 57-51, the Warriors blew open the game with an 18-0 blitz, taking a 75-51 lead on a Curry 3-pointer with 7:50 left in the quarter.

Curry and Thompson accounted for 16 of the 18 points during the run. The Warriors outscored the Magic 30-19 in the quarter, holding Orlando to 27.8 percent shooting.

INJURY UPDATE: C Andrew Bogut (left ankle soreness) did not play and is day to day. F Andre Iguodala (right knee tendinitis) did not play is out for at least a week. C Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery) is out indefinitely.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Warriors on Thursday night play host to the Bucks at Oracle Arena in the season series finale for the teams. The Warriors were 101-80 winners on Jan. 7 in Milwaukee. Overall, the Warriors have lost seven of the last nine meetings and have not won consecutive games since 2008.

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