Instant Replay: Warriors complete fourth-quarter comeback

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Instant Replay: Warriors complete fourth-quarter comeback

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Player of the game The Warriors got a game-leading 24 points from Klay Thompson, a season-high for the young forward, but Stephen Curry had an impressive stat line of 20 points, six assists and just three turnovers and was a 23 for Golden State.
Curry was 5-for-10 from three-point range, shooting 7-19 from the field over the course of the game, in which he played 39 minutes. It was a redemption of sorts, as the Warriors impressive guard scored just six points in Fridays loss to the Nuggets after getting in early foul trouble not recording his first point until the fourth quarter.
Carl Landry added 18 points off the bench, while David Lee finished with 17 for the Warriors.
The loss was Minnesotas fifth in a row, while the Warriors rebounded from Fridays disappointing loss in Denver to capture their fifth win in the last seven.
The Warriors have won 11 of their last 13 games against Minnesota.
Key stretch A dominant fourth quarter was the biggest reason the Warriors got their eighth victory of the season, as they erased a four-point deficit at the end of the third before taking over and cruising to victory through final quarter.

But, there was a stretch much earlier in the game that kept them in the game the first place.
Minnesota pulled ahead to an 11-point lead in the second quarter before the Warriors managed to find their shooting stroke and keep it close before the end of the half.
Curry led the way with three connections from three-point land, and was 4-for-6 from beyond the arc at the half.
The highlight for the home crowd, though, was a monstrous windmill jam from Harrison Barnes, when he soared through the air with just over two minutes left in the half, posterizing Minnesotas Nikola Pekovic.
Golden State tied the game at 47-47 before the Wolves scored the final four points of the first half to lead at the midway point.
Early sloppiness The first quarter wasnt pretty for either side, and ended with the Wolves ahead, 18-16. Minnesota shot just 29 percent while Golden State wasnt much better at 39 percent. The teams combined to miss their first nine three-point attempts.
The lowlight for the Warriors came when they batted a loose ball into their own net. Kevin Love got credit for the field goal despite his shot clanking off of the rim, with Draymond Green and Andris Biedrins both going for the ball.
Whole Lotta Love When asked what the biggest difference was between the Wolves team he was facing tonight and the one his club beat just eight days earlier, the answer was easy for Marc Jackson.
The main reason is an obvious one. They have a superstar back in the lineup, Jackson said, referring to Minnesota forward Kevin Love.
Love was playing in his third game of the season after recovering from a hand injury, and finished with 15 points and 15 boards.
His presence may have aided the Wolves on the defensive side of the ball, too, as Minnesota outscored the Warriors 46-36 in the paint.
Injury report The Timberwolves are still without dynamic point guard Ricky Rubio, who is expected back in the middle of next month. Golden State is still absent center Andrew Bogut, whose wonky left ankle has allowed him to play in just four games this season. He hopes to return Dec. 1.
Up next The Warriors remain at home to host the Nuggets at Oracle Arena on Thursday. Theyve lost both games to Denver this season, including Friday nights second-half collapse at Pepsi Arena, 102-91.

Steph Curry keeps game ball for Steve Kerr after he misses Game 3

Steph Curry keeps game ball for Steve Kerr after he misses Game 3

While head coach Steve Kerr was unable to make Saturday's Game 3 due to an illness, the Warriors went out and took a 3-0 series lead over the Blazers. 

After the game, Steph Curry dedicated the win to Kerr by keeping the game ball for him. 

"Our coach is going through a lot right now physically and he told us this morning this is a situation where we need to rally and go out and win a game for him, but we felt like that," Curry said after the Warriors' 119-113 win. "The way that game had gone on we had to fight and do it for him. 

"The way that he said it was we had to win one for The Gipper, so shout out to coach Kerr." 

Curry led the Warriors with 34 points in Saturday's win. 

Instant Replay: Warriors battle Blazers, take commanding 3-0 series lead

Instant Replay: Warriors battle Blazers, take commanding 3-0 series lead

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PORTLAND -- Head coach Steve Kerr didn’t show and All-Star forward Kevin Durant didn’t play.

Neither did Shaun Livingston or Matt Barnes.

No matter. Trailing by as much as 17 before a surging Trail Blazers team and a thunderous sellout crowd at Moda Center, the Warriors found their way to a 119-113 victory in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series Saturday night.

The Warriors can close out the series with a win in Game 4 here on Monday night.

With assistant coach Mike Brown serving as acting head coach in the absence of an ill Kerr, five Warriors scored in double figures, led by Stephen Curry’s 34 points. Klay Thompson put in 24, Andre Iguodala 16, JaVale McGee 14 and Pat McCaw 11.

The Warriors overcame a 16-point third-quarter deficit and a 52-42 rebounding disadvantage with a single, searing stretch of defense in the third quarter, when they limited Portland to 30.4-percent shooting.

Guards CJ McCollum, who totaled 32 points, and Damian Lillard, who posted 31, led the Trail Blazers.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

As crucial to the comeback as was the offensive reemergence of Curry and Thompson, nobody did more good things over different portions of the game than did McGee.

McGee’s line: 14 points (6-of-8 shooting from the field, 2-of-2 from the line), four rebounds and one steal. He played 16 minutes and finished a game-high plus-24.

TURNING POINT

Trailing 82-66 after a Lillard finger roll with 6:20 left in the third quarter, the Warriors rumbled back with a 19-1 run, taking an 85-83 lead when McGee slammed through a lob with 2:01 left in the quarter.

The Warriors during that stretch held Portland to 0-of-8 shooting, with three turnovers.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: F Matt Barnes (R foot/ankle bone bruise), F Kevin Durant (L calf strain) and G Shaun Livingston (R index finger sprain and hand contusion) were listed as questionable and downgraded to out. F Kevon Looney (L hip strain) is listed as out.

Blazers: G Allen Crabbe (L foot soreness) and G CJ McCollum (R ankle sprain) were listed as probable and upgraded to available. C Jusuf Nurkic (L leg fracture) was listed as doubtful and upgraded to available. C Ed Davis (L shoulder surgery) and C Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery) were listed as out.

WHAT’S NEXT

The teams reconvene Monday night at Moda Center for Game 4. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.