Lee leads Warriors to win vs. Wolves to snap skid


Lee leads Warriors to win vs. Wolves to snap skid

Warriors 97, Timberwolves 94Player of the game: Warriors power forward David Lee finished with 31 points and eight rebounds to help the Warriors snap a season-high six-game losing streak.The Warriors are 1-2 on their four-game road trip.Key stretch: Warriors rookie guard Charles Jenkins wound his way through traffic and converted a layup over Kevin Love with 20 seconds remaining to give the Warriors a 96-94 lead.Im not surprised because hes a gamer, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said of Jenkins. He works his tail off, competes and defends and was one of the best players on the court out there.On the Timberwolves next possession, J.J. Barea missed a leaner in the lane with seven seconds remaining that could have tied the game. Jenkins made one of two free throws with one second remaining to account for the final margin.Lee-Love matchup: There was no truth to the rumor that Lee and Love had a nodnod, winkwink" deal when it came to Wednesdays game.But both players put up big offensive numbers and part of the reason was most certainly that they guarded each other for much of the night.Lee finished with 31 points on 13-for-25 from the field. As for Love, he finished with 29 points on 12-for-28 from the field and 12 rebounds. But he missed all seven of his 3-point attempts.You dont stop him, Jackson said of Love. We tried to limit his touches by trapping him a little bit to get the ball out of his hands.Tough second quarter: The Warriors couldnt buy a bucket in the second quarter, and it was the reason they got down big. The Timberwolves led just 26-21 after one period, but the Warriors scored just four points in the first nine-plus minutes of the second quarter.By the time the Warriors got their offense going, they were down 43-25 and the damage had been done.The Warriors would eventually get down by 20 points 49-29 before they chipped away and cut the deficit to 51-39 by halftime.Dreadful from beyond arc: The Timberwolves lent a helping hand to the Warriors by continuing to shoot from 3-point range. Despite having a size advantage on the interior with Love and Nikola Pekovic, the Timberwolves took 31 3-pointers, making just nine.Meanwhile, the Warriors were penetrating and scoring in the lane, something a little uncharacteristic for them.We realized they didnt have a shot-blocker in there, Jackson said. And we got into the painted area and we were aggressive.Thompson struggling: Warriors rookie shooting guard Klay Thompson is mired in a shooting slump and he didnt come out of it against Minnesota.Thompson went just 6-16 from the floor against the Timberwolves, including two misses in the final three minutes. Thompson is shooting just 40.9 percent over the past six games (36-for-88).

Warriors All-Stars combine for 56 points, West wins

Warriors All-Stars combine for 56 points, West wins


NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis had an All-Star Game for the record books.

And on a night when Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant provided a glimpse of the past, Giannis Antetokounmpo showed he's clearly part of the future and a midcourt lob attempt from James Harden even went in, Davis absolutely stole the show.

He scored 52 points, 10 more than Wilt Chamberlain's All-Star record that had stood for 55 years, and the Western Conference beat the Eastern Conference 192-182 on Sunday night — the highest-scoring game in league history.

Davis made 26 shots and took 39, both of those also All-Star records. He even outdid Westbrook, who had 41 points in just 20 minutes — which ordinarily would have been enough to merit him what would have been a third straight MVP award.

Not this time. It was Davis hoisting the trophy, to the delight of his New Orleans fans.

"It was a lot of fun," Davis said. "My teammates did a great job of looking for me."

Durant had a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Stephen Curry added 21 points for the West — where a subplot emerged as DeMarcus Cousins played only two minutes, prompting some speculation that a trade sending him out of Sacramento might be looming.

Antetokounmpo had 30 points for the East, with 12 dunks in his night. LeBron James scored 23 points to become the first All-Star to eclipse 300 in a career, Kyrie Irving had 22 points and 14 assists, and Isaiah Thomas scored 20 for the East.

Davis became the story that overshadowed The Story coming into this game, that being the Durant-Westbrook whatever.

And if there is any animus remaining between Durant and Westbrook, it was hidden. They passed each other the ball and slapped hands in the pregame layup line, and not long after Westbrook checked into the game the former Oklahoma City teammates provided one of the game's top highlights — a give-and-go, capped by Durant lobbing the ball to set Westbrook up for a dunk.

"OH MY GOD! WHAT JUST HAPPENED?" Curry shouted on the West bench, which moments later broke into celebration. Players jumped and threw hands skyward, Curry tossing a cupful of water onto a smiling Durant amid it all.

Draymond Green called the play "cute," and Westbrook and Durant seemed happy with it as well.

"It was a nice give-and-go, man," Westbrook said. "Good give-and-go. Made a good pass. I barely got over the rim, but it was a nice give-and-go."

Added Durant: "It was a great basketball play. He was open so I threw him the lob. He can jump really high so yeah, good play."

Some fans were shouting "De-Fense!" in the fourth quarter. West center DeAndre Jordan heard them, rising from his seat on the West bench to yell "No, no, no" back in their direction.

If those fans were serious, they were disappointed.

Westbrook scored 12 points — all on 3s — in a 63-second span late in the third quarter, coming off the bench and firing over and over and over again. And then he opened the fourth quarter with another 3, giving him 34 points in just under 14 minutes played to that point.

It looked like he was a cinch for MVP honors, until Davis scored 20 points in the fourth.


East: Irving also led the East in rebounds with seven. ... Kyle Lowry scored 19 points and DeMar DeRozan added 16. ... No East player logged more than 24 minutes.

West: Curry took cover in the third quarter, comically hitting the deck face-first as Antetokounmpo went in for yet another dunk. So later in the quarter, Antetokounmpo went over Curry for a rebound slam — one that left Curry staring at the scoreboard for a replay. ... Kawhi Leonard had a steal and dunk in the opening minute, a defensive display that left West coach Steve Kerr in hysterics.


Joel Embiid wanted to be in the All-Star Game, and he was close — literally and figuratively.

The Philadelphia star sat on the edge of the baseline next to the West bench, meaning he got to greet players throughout the night and share a few words with some at halftime.


A huge roar greeted Jon Batiste, who performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" pregame, when he started the song.

It wasn't for him.

That happened to be the moment when John Legend — the halftime performer — and Chrissy Teigen were shown at their sideline seats on the video screens around the arena. And a louder cheer came not long afterward when Beyonce and Jay Z got on-screen.

Among the other celebs in the seats: Guy Fieri, Dave Chappelle, Julius Erving, Alonzo Mourning, Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson and The Roots.


The next All-Star Game is Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles, which will host for a record sixth time.

Thompson eliminated in first round of All-Star 3-point contest

Thompson eliminated in first round of All-Star 3-point contest

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson will not repeat as the NBA All-Star Game's 3-point shootout champion. 

In need of 19 points, Thompson managed only 18 -- that allowed Kemba Walker to advance into the semifinals. 

Houston's Eric Gordon had the high score of the first round. He went on to win the championship -- besting Kyrie Irving.

Thompson has made 182 3-pointers this season which ranks him fifth in the league.