Monta's 32 points lift Warriors past Clippers 104-97

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Monta's 32 points lift Warriors past Clippers 104-97

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OAKLAND Ekpe Udoh had a career-high 19 points and eight rebounds in his first start of the season to help the Warriors snap a three-game losing streak. The Warriors, who raised their record to 12-17, play their next six games on the road.Warriors 104, L.A. Clippers 97Player of the game: Monta Ellis had 32 points on 11-for-20 from the field to go along with five rebounds and four assists.Key play: With the Warriors up 100-97 and a minute remaining, Chris Paul was at the top of the circle with Dominic McGuire on him. Paul tried a little shake-and-bake and a little fiddle-faddle but couldnt shake McGuire.Paul eventually raised up from 15 feet, but McGuire was right there to block the shot. The Warriors turned that into two points at the other end and a five-point lead with 54.8 seconds left.Its just a gift, Jackson said of McGuire. What Dom has is a gift. Hell never shoot like Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson or Brandon Rush. Hes a lock-down defender who can guard one through five. Its what he was brought here to do and he does it effectively.Curry quiet: If Stephen Curry isnt the best shooter on the Warriors, hes certainly in the top two. Its curious then why he only took six shots in 33 minutes on Monday night, including zero in the second half.Despite Curry not looking to score, he did have a big assist, finding an open Brandon Rush for a 3-pointer with two minutes remaining that gave the Warriors a 98-97 lead.I thought he picked his spots very effectively, Jackson said of Curry. Didnt force the issue. I thought my backcourt set the tone overall. It was a very good floor game for both guys. There are going to be nights when Steph gets plenty of shots and there are going to be nights when he has to be the point guard out there.Rough third: Warriors coach Mark Jackson has been harping on turnovers for much of the season with his squad. In the third quarter, it was Clippers turnovers that helped the Warriors take a seven-point lead. The Clippers committed seven in the third quarter and 18 for the game leading to 21 Warriors points.Bench missing: Jackson didnt like what he got out of his bench in the first half, playing that group less than usual. Nate Robinson, Klay Thompson and Brandon Rush each played less than seven minutes in the first half and none of them scored.Robinson scored nine points in the second half, though he shot 3-for-8 from the field to do it.Paul early and often: Paul is the kind of point guard who usually lets the game come to him and doesnt look to score until necessary. Well, he got to scoring in a hurry on Monday night, cramming in 20 points in the games first 17 minutes and doing it in efficient fashion.Paul was 5-for-6 from the field, including 3-for-3 from 3-point range, and 5-for-6 from the foul line to start the game.But Paul finished with just 24 points for the night.Udoh for Biedrins: Starting center Andris Biedrins missed Mondays game because of flu-like symptoms, which meant Udoh got his first start of the year.And he didnt disappoint. At least at the offensive end. Udoh played 11 first-quarter minutes and had 10 points in that time.Biedrins has scored in double-figures just one time in an entire game this season, and that was the season-opener on Christmas when he scored 10 points against the Clippers.He was great, absolutely great, Jackson said. Offensively on the block, aggressive shooting the jumper, all over the place defensively, stepping up to the challenge defending Blake Griffin. He gave us a presence.

Warriors All-Stars combine for 56 points, West wins

Warriors All-Stars combine for 56 points, West wins

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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.

TIP-INS

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.

EMBIID CLOSE

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.

CELEB WATCH

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.

UP NEXT

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.