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Instant Replay: Warriors wake up in second half, rally past Kings

Instant Replay: Warriors wake up in second half, rally past Kings

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SACRAMENTO -- Bouncing back from their most alarming loss of the season, the Warriors made their debut at Golden 1 Center a successful one Sunday with a 117-106 win over the Sacramento Kings.

Though the Warriors (32-6) started slowly, trailing by as much as 16 in the first half, they recovered with a strong third quarter to beat their Northern California neighbors for the 13th consecutive time.

Veteran forward Rudy Gay led the Kings with 23 points, 15 of which came in the opening quarter. Sacramento (15-22) lost for the fifth time in six games.

STANDOUT PERFORMER:
On a night when wealth was spread fairly evenly, all five starters share the honor.

Durant’s line: 28 points (9-of-15 shooting, including 2-of-4 from deep, 8-of-9 from the line), seven rebounds, six assists and four blocks. He played 36 minutes and finished plus-6.

Draymond Green’s line: 9 points (4-of-9, 1-of-4 from deep), 10 assists and seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks. He played 32 minutes and finished plus-21.

Pachulia’s line: 10 points (4-of-5, 2-of-2 from the line), seven rebounds, three steals and two assists. He played 22 minutes and finished plus-15.

Thompson’s line: 18 points (8-of-19 shooting, 1-of-7, 1-of-2), six rebounds and two assists. He played 36 minutes and was plus-18.

Curry’s line: 30 points (11-of-21, 5-of-11, 3-of-3), six assists and four rebounds. He played 37 minutes and was plus-14.

TURNING POINT:
Trailing 64-55 with 10:38 left in the third quarter, the Warriors used strong defense and transition baskets to fashion a 22-3 run, for a 77-67 lead with 5:32 remaining in the quarter.

Scoring was evenly distributed during the rally, Thompson scoring 6 points and Durant and Curry 5 each.

The Warriors outscored the Kings 39-22 in the third quarter, during which they held Sacramento to 31.3-percent shooting from the field.

The Kings got no closer than eight in the fourth quarter.

INJURY UPDATE:
Warriors: No injuries were listed. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the Development League.

Kings: F Rudy Gay (R hip flexor strain) was listed as probable, upgraded to available and entered the starting lineup.

WHAT’S NEXT:
The Warriors return to Oracle Arena on Tuesday night, when they will face the Miami Heat. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30.

 

Rookie survey: Durant no longer 'favorite player,' Curry gets zero votes

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Rookie survey: Durant no longer 'favorite player,' Curry gets zero votes

The 2017 rookie class isn't too fond of Steph Curry.

The results of NBA.com's annual Rookie Survey were released on Tuesday morning.

In the "Who is your favorite player in the league" category, Curry did not receive a single vote.

1) LeBron James -- 31.5 percent
2) Russell Westbrook -- 19.4 percent
3) Kawhi Leonard -- 8.3 percent
4) James Harden -- 6.5 percent
5) Kevin Durant -- 5.6 percent
5) Draymond Green -- 5.6 percent

7) Anthony Davis -- 4.2 percent
8) Kyrie Irving -- 3.7 percent

Others receiving votes -- Carmelo Anthony, Jamal Crawford, Pau Gasol, Paul George, Blake Griffin, Dwight Howard

Last year, Curry did receive some votes and in 2015 he tied for fourth at 9.1 percent.

[RELATED: Top 15 most popular jerseys: Curry still ahead of LeBron]

Even more noteworthy perhaps is that Durant's three-year run as the favorite player came to an end:

- 2016: 29.7 percent
- 2015: 21.2 percent
- 2014: 25 percent

Apparently, winning the championship and NBA Finals MVP isn't enough to impress 18-year olds...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

New Clippers advisor Jerry West: 'I did not want to leave' Warriors

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New Clippers advisor Jerry West: 'I did not want to leave' Warriors

After six years as an Executive Board member for the Warriors, Jerry West unexpectedly departed in June. He took an advisory role with the division rival Clippers.

It was a curious move for the 79-year-old. Leave the defending champs for a team in turmoil?

On Monday, the former Lakers legend and Hall of Famer talked about his move south an interview with The Athletic's Tim Kawakami.

"Frankly it was very sad, OK? It really was. A place where I thought that if I was going to work another year or if somebody wanted me to work another year, I thought I could contribute; I did not want to leave. I did not want to leave. I was very happy there.

But those things happen sometimes. Obviously to be around a bunch of players that were as together as any I’ve seen and I think more importantly the talent that was on that team and to see the joy. There’s a lot of joy there. I think those are the kind of environments where people really prosper."

West then explains why he's not with the Warriors anymore.

"It was time for me to leave. I’m in Los Angeles again. For me, I’ll have a chance to go in the office a little bit and watch some of the people that have been hired, to watch our coaches coach. I’ve often said I’ve done some crazy things in my life because of the timing and maybe the timing was right."

West won one NBA title as a player and has eight as an executive, including two with the Warriors.

The Clippers, along with West, get their first look at the defending champion Warriors on Monday, Oct. 30 in Los Angeles.