Lee, Warriors get first road win of the season in Detroit


Lee, Warriors get first road win of the season in Detroit


The Warriors got plenty of contributions against Detroit and won their first road game of the season. After struggling at the defensive end on Saturday against Charlotte, the Warriors held the Pistons to just 42 percent shooting to raise their record to 4-8 for the season.Warriors 99, Pistons 91Star of the game: Warriors power forward David Lee had a team-high 24 points to go along with six rebounds. Lee played his most efficient offensive game of the season, going 10-for-12 from the floor. His consecutive double-double streak ended at six with this game, and yet he was as effective against the Pistons as he was at any time during the stretch."He's playing great," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said."He understands when he makes mistakes. He's our post presence, not just scoring but also facilitating. He's doing it all, he's battling. It's tough for me to take him or Monta (Ellis) out of the game when they're playing at that level."Key stretch: The Warriors outscored the Pistons 10-0 early in the fourth quarter to open up an 88-73 lead. The run was sparked at the defensive end, with Golden State forcing three misses and two turnovers during the stretch."Unlike the Charlotte game (a 112-100 loss) where we didn't make the extra-effort plays, our defense kept us in the game in the first half," Lee said. "That put us in position when we made our run in the second half it wasn't to pull back even it was to pull ahead."Monroe produces: Pistons second-year forward Greg Monroe, whom the Warriors passed on in the 2010 draft in favor of Ekpe Udoh, finished with 25 points and eight rebounds.Ellis out early: Jackson went to his bench early on Sunday, and in a surprise, removed Ellis just six minutes into the first quarter. Ellis had three turnovers and picked up two fouls, which helped usher in Klay Thompson.Ellis played just 13 minutes in the first half, and was shaken up late in the second quarter when he bumped knees with Ben Gordon. Ellis was able to walk off the injury, but it was the second game in a row in which Ellis banged-up his left knee.Ellis hung in there and scored 17 points in the second half and wound up with 22 for the night."He's gotten frustrated lately because he's been physically abused at times and not getting to the line," Jackson said. "But great players, in spite of adversity, in spite of not getting the whistle, gut it out. And I'm proud of the way he handled it tonight and began to make plays."Lees first quarter: Lee helped get the Warriors off to a good start on Sunday, establishing himself on the interior. Lee had 13 of his 24 points in the first quarter and went 5-for-5 from the field in the period. Lee took turns scoring on Jonas Jerebko, then went to work against Jason Maxiell.Jenkins contributes: Jackson had been using rookie point guard Charles Jenkins sparingly in recent games but not against Detroit. Jenkins set a career-high in minutes (28) against the Pistons, and there was reason for it: Jenkins was solid.He played the entire third quarter, contributed on defense and didnt make any mistakes at the offensive end.Jenkins finished with eight points, five assists and zero turnovers.

Report: Six teams make Cavaliers an offer for Kyrie Irving

Report: Six teams make Cavaliers an offer for Kyrie Irving

Trade talks for Kyrie Irving have reached a new high. 

Acccording to ESPN, six teams have made offers to the Cavaliers for the point guard. 

Those teams are: The LA Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves, New  York Knicks and Miami Heat. 

According to the same report, as many as 20 teams have inquired about Irving's availability. 

The report comes a day after The Athletic reported the Cavaliers have tried to communicate with Irving but he isn't speaking to anyone in the organization. 

On July 7, Irving requested a trade. 

The point guard -- who won an NBA title with the Cavs two seasons ago -- is under contract for two more seasons -- $18,868,625 in 2017-18 and $20,099,188 in 2018-19 -- plus a $21,329,750 player option in 2019-20.

Durant sets Guinness world record during trip to India

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Durant sets Guinness world record during trip to India

NEW DELHI – NBA Champion and Finals MVP Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and 3,459 Indian children from the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS achievement for the world’s largest basketball lesson (multiple venues) ever held.

During his first-ever trip to India, Durant conducted the record-breaking feat at The NBA Academy India, the league’s elite basketball training center in the Delhi National Capital Region for the top male and female prospects from throughout India which opened in May.  

A group of youth were onsite at The NBA Academy India, while the other boys and girls participated via satellite from Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata.  

“Sharing my love of basketball with thousands of boys and girls across India was an unbelievable experience,” said Durant.  “It was an honor to coach these amazing kids and to be a part of this special day.”

Durant is in India to support the continued growth of basketball in the country. While in Delhi, he coached the country’s top prospects at The NBA Academy India and built two new basketball courts to the Ramjas School as part of the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation’s BUILD IT AND THEY WILL BALL Courts Renovation Initiative.  

“Sports has the ability to unite people, and this record-setting NBA clinic led by Finals MVP Kevin Durant helped us connect young basketball players throughout the country in a single event,” said NBA India Managing Director Yannick Colaco.  “We are growing the game of basketball in India, and having Kevin here, one of the world’s greatest players, will no doubt inspire countless young boys and girls to stay healthy and active and believe that they can do anything.”

The NBA Academy India builds on the NBA’s existing basketball and youth development initiatives in India.  The Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program has reached more than 6 million youth and trained more than 5,000 physical education instructors nationwide since its launch in 2013.

NBA media services provided this report