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Lee leads Warriors past Cavs as Monta struggles

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Lee leads Warriors past Cavs as Monta struggles

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David Lee kept up his stretch of good basketball, and the Warriors subs contributed for the second consecutive game. The victory pushed the Warriors record to 5-8, and they conclude their four-game road trip with a game Wednesday against New Jersey.Warriors 105, Cavaliers 95Star of the game: David Lee had 13 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter as the Warriors held off Cleveland for their second consecutive road win. It was the fifth consecutive game Lee has scored 20 or more points in a game, the only time hes done that as a Warrior.Key stretch: The Warriors defense helped key this victory by holding the Cavaliers to just 16 points in the fourth quarter and forcing 25 turnovers for the game.Ellis struggles: For the second consecutive game, Warriors shooting guard Monta Ellis struggled in the first half but on Tuesday it lasted for the full 48 minutes.Ellis had just five points in the first half of Sundays victory over the Detroit Pistons, and he had trouble getting anything to go down in the first two quarters against Cleveland.Ellis went just 2-for-9 from the floor through 24 minutes and had nine points at the half. He finished with just 10 points and late in the fourth quarter got hit by an Anderson Varejao elbow and had to leave the game.Warriors coach Mark Jackson said afterwards that X-rays on Ellis nose were negative.It was just a bad shooting night for me, said Ellis, who finished 2-for-12 from the floor. The whole team shot bad. But we did it on the defensive end. I was able to get what I wanted, but the (shots) werent falling.Second unit: The Warriors substitutes are starting develop some chemistry and a little bit of an identity. Nate Robinson brings much of the offensive spark and Brandon Rush, Dominic McGuire and Ekpe Udoh bring the defense.Robinson had 17 points and 10 assists, and the Warriors bench scored a total of 50 points. Rookie Klay Thompson had perhaps his best game as a pro, scoring 14 points and making all four of his 3-point attempts.Brandon Rush also chipped in with 14 points. For the game, the Warriors subs shot 9-for-12 from beyond the arc.I have to hold guys responsible if theyre not getting it done, Jackson said. We gave up 21 points in the first part of the third quarter, and then we shut them down. They finished with 29 (points) in the third quarter, and 21 were on our starters, and thats unacceptable.I give my guys credit. Ive been on teams where the starters would have been upset, saying different things, and the starters came back and sealed the deal. It was just a great team effort.Curry waits: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry had hoped to return for Tuesdays game but decided against it. Curry likely wont be in the lineup when the Warriors play New Jersey on Wednesday.Said Warriors coach Mark Jackson before the game: Still getting closer and closer. Just trying to make the best decision and not rush it, which is important. We want him for the long haul.If Curry misses the game against the Nets, he will have missed nine games because of the ankle. Last season, Curry missed eight games because of the ankle.Thats what the good teams do, Jackson said. In spite of adversity they find a way to get it done. When you compete and defend, you will win your fair share of games in this league.

Report: JaVale McGee will re-sign with Warriors

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Report: JaVale McGee will re-sign with Warriors

JaVale McGee isn't going anywhere.

McGee will re-sign with the Warriors, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Golden State could only offer the big man the minimum of $2.1 million.

In 77 games (10 starts) with the Warriors last season, he averaged 6.1 points and 3.2 rebounds.

More to come...

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

Report: Kyrie Irving 'very badly' wants to play for Knicks

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Report: Kyrie Irving 'very badly' wants to play for Knicks

Kyrie Irving is itching to get to the Big Apple.

Irving 'very badly' wants to play for the Knicks, according to ESPN's Pablo Torre.

Irving reportedly requested a trade from the Cavs during a meeting with management on July 7.

The four-time All-Star would prefer to be shipped to the Spurs, Timberwolves, Heat or Knicks, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Although Irving was born in Australia, he grew up in West Orange, New Jersey -- which is about 20 miles away from Madison Square Garden.

The Cavs have been trying to get a hold of Irving, but the 25-year old is not talking to anybody from the organization, according to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic.

Irving averaged 25.2 points and 5.8 assists per game last season, shooting over 47 percent from the field and 40 percent from deep.

In the 2017 NBA Finals, he registered 29.4 points over the five games.

The Knicks owe Joakim Noah over $17.7 million next season, over $18.5 million in 2018-19 and nearly $19.3 million in 2019-20.

The Knicks also just signed Tim Hardaway Jr. (who they traded in June 2015) to a 4-year contract worth nearly $71 million.

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