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.

Mullin sees potential Warriors-Cavs trilogy Finals going six games, but...

Mullin sees potential Warriors-Cavs trilogy Finals going six games, but...

As the defending champion Cavaliers are one win away from advancing to the NBA Finals, the consensus is they will meet the Warriors there and, moreover, that Part III of the trilogy promises to be the most compelling yet.

Chris Mullin is not so sure.

The Hall of Fame forward and current St. John's head coach, a guest Wednesday on the NBC Sports Bay Area Warriors Insider Podcast, perceives a reasonable chance of sweeping the series.

“I’m going on the record saying 4-2, just because maybe I want to see six games,” Mullin said. “I would not be surprised if it’s 4-1 or 4-zero. I think they’re that good.”

Recalling how the Warriors started sluggishly after a one-week layoff ahead of Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Spurs, Mullin conceded there could be some rust but probably not enough to invite a loss.

“I don’t want to lay any . . . pressure, but the Warriors, to me, this team that we’re watching is going to go down in history as one of the best teams of all time,” he said. “I believe that. I think they will stay together and that’s we’re probably going to see four Hall of Fame players that have played together and have dominated and become a dynasty. That’s what we’re going to look back on.

“There’s just a huge disparity between them and the rest of the league -- and not just the Cavaliers. But there’s a huge disparity between them and the Cavaliers. “

The Warriors defeated Cleveland in six games to win the championship in 2015, but the Cavaliers recovered from a 3-1 deficit to take the rematch last June.

Though both teams have made substantive changes, Mullin is more impressed with what the Warriors have done, including the addition of four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant to a nucleus that included All-Stars Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.

Mullin pointed out that the losses of Andrew Bogut, along with subtractions to their fabled depth and chemistry, led some to wonder if the Warriors might lose the magic of the previous two seasons. He also understands that point of view.

“But as I see it now,” he said, “I think they’re deeper and have better chemistry than they did last year when they won 73 games.”

It’s not that Mullin gives the Cavaliers, who have won 11 of 12 games in these playoffs, zero chance to win the series. It is just, in his view, very slim. “Cleveland, they’ve got really good people,” he said. “Their talent, I’m not discounting at all. LeBron and Kyrie and Kevin Love, these guys are great, great players.

“I feel like the Warriors are just a notch above everybody. I really believe that.”

 

After postponement due to HB2 law, Charlotte to host 2019 All-Star Game

After postponement due to HB2 law, Charlotte to host 2019 All-Star Game

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The NBA All-Star game is headed back to Charlotte in 2019, a couple of years later than anticipated.

The NBA announced that the All-Star weekend will be held Feb. 15-17 in Charlotte and the game will be played at the Spectrum Center, home of the Charlotte Hornets.

The league had selected Charlotte to host the 2017 All-Star game, but later moved the game to New Orleans because of the state law restricting the rights of LGBT people. However, a compromise was struck in March to partially erase the impact of the House Bill 2 law limiting anti-discrimination protections for lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people.

"While we understand the concerns of those who say the repeal of HB2 did not go far enough, we believe the recent legislation eliminates the most egregious aspects of the prior law," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a release. "Additionally, it allows us to work with the leadership of the Hornets organization to apply a set of equality principles to ensure that every All-Star event will proceed with open access and anti-discrimination policies.

"All venues, hotels and businesses we work with during All-Star will adhere to these policies as well."

Despite Silver's intentions, the Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign has concerns that no protections for non-discrimination policies for the LGBTQ community have been put in place by the Charlotte or the state.

"North Carolina's discriminatory law prohibits the city of Charlotte from implementing non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ residents and visitors attending the All-Star Game. Nothing has changed that fact," said HRC senior vice president for policy and political affairs JoDee Winterhof.

The NBA is the latest sports entity to return events to North Carolina; the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference also are bringing events back to the state after changes were made to the law.

The now-repealed House Bill 2 required transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates in many public buildings. That's been dropped, but LGBT advocates have denounced the replacement law because state officials took no action barring sexual identity and gender discrimination in workplaces, restaurants and hotels and instead prohibited local governments from acting on their own.

Hornets owner and longtime NBA great Michael Jordan said in a release he is "thrilled" the game is coming back to Charlotte.

"We want to thank Commissioner Silver for his leadership throughout this process and for the decision to bring NBA All-Star back to Buzz City," Jordan said in the release. "All-Star Weekend is an international event that will provide a tremendous economic impact to our community while showcasing our city, our franchise and our passionate Hornets fan base to people around the world."

Jordan asked Silver to keep the city in mind for 2019 after the league moved the 2017 game - hopeful the HB2 law would eventually be repealed.

Silver honored that request.

Hornets COO and president Fred Whitfield represented the Hornets and Spectrum Center in doing whatever he could to help facilitate a resolution, spending time meeting with legislatures and other business leaders in North Carolina.

"From the very beginning I was in engaged to see if we could not only save the 2019 All-Star game, but the NCAA (basketball) regionals and the ACC Tournament, as well as concerts and events in the building," Whitfield said. "We are operators of the building and we felt like we had to get engaged to assist to get some resolution."

Even as talks to repeal HB2 stalled at times, the Hornets continued to move forward with the league's request to upgrade the arena.

The $41 million renovation - $33.5 million of which came from the City of Charlotte - is almost complete, and has included a new scoreboard, new floor and renovations to suites and hospitality areas, among other upgrades.

Charlotte previously hosted the All-Star game in 1991 at the Charlotte Coliseum, which has since been demolished.

Pete Guelli, the Hornets executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer, estimates a $100 economic impact for the city, but said the reputational effect will be even bigger.

"This city has changed significantly since the last time it hosted a game 28 years ago," Guelli said, "and the opportunity to showcase that on an international stage is incalculable."