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W's get win No. 22 with 112-97 victory over Nuggets

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W's get win No. 22 with 112-97 victory over Nuggets

Warriors 112, Nuggets 97Player of the game: David Lee had 17 points and nine rebounds and six other Warriors scored in double-figures as Golden State beat the Denver Nuggets at Oracle Arena on Saturday.The win was the second in three games for the Warriors.Key stretch: The Warriors have struggled in the third quarters of games this year but not on Saturday against Denver. After taking a seven-point lead into halftime, the Warriors scored the first seven points of the third quarter to take a 63-49 lead their biggest of the game up to that point.The Warriors would eventually bump their lead to 17 points in the period, taking control of the game.The Nuggets closed within five points in the third quarter, but the Warriors allowed it to get no closer and won going away.Bench play: The Warriors took a 56-49 lead into intermission, helped by the play of Brandon Rush, Dominic McGuire and Nate Robinson.Rush had 10 points, three rebounds and two assists in 17 first-half minutes, and McGuire had seven points and played his usual tough defense in 12 first-half minutes.As for Robinson, he bounced back from an awful performance on Friday in Utah and contributed seven points and four assists through two quarters.Rush led the Warriors with 20 points, Robinson had 14 points and Richard Jefferson finished with 10.A look at the standings: With the victory, the Warriors improved their record to 22-33 on the season. That means the Warriors have the ninth-worst record in the league with 11 games remaining.If the Warriors wind up with the No. 1 pick through the No. 7 pick, theyll get to keep their pick.But if the Warriors end up with the No. 8 pick in the draft or worse, it will be conveyed to Utah.

Suns guard sustains torn ACL in left knee

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Suns guard sustains torn ACL in left knee

Brandon Knight may not take the floor next year.

The Suns guard tore the ACL in his left knee and could miss the entire season, the team announced on Tuesday afternoon.

He sustained the injury last week while playing in Florida.

Knight's production fell off during the 2016-17 campaign, when he appeared in just 54 games.

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He averaged career lows in practically every category -- points (11.0), assists (2.4), rebounds (2.2), steals (0.5), field goal percentage (39.8) and 3-point percentage (32.4).

The year prior, he registered 19.6 points, 5.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds per contest.

Knight entered the league as the eighth overall pick in the 2011 draft.

After two seasons with Detroit, he was traded to Milwaukee.

In February 2015, he was traded to Phoenix.

Knight is scheduled to make over $13.6 million next season, over $14.6 million in 2018-19 and over $15.6 million in 2019-20.

With Kyrie Irving reportedly requesting a trade from Cleveland, several national reporters have listed the Suns as a potential landing spot for the All-Star guard...

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

Report: Blazers trade Allen Crabbe

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Report: Blazers trade Allen Crabbe

Allen Crabbe will end up in Brooklyn after all.

The Blazers will trade the shooting guard to the Nets, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

In exchange, Brooklyn will send big man Andrew Nicholson to Portland.

Nicholson will not suit up for the the Blazers, as Portland will waive and stretch his contract.

Last summer, Crabbe -- who was a restricted free agent -- signed a 4-year, $75 million sheet from the Nets.

The former Cal star returned to the Pacific Northwest because the Blazers matched the offer.

Last season, Crabbe averaged a career-best 10.7 points per game, while shooting just under 47 percent from the field and over 44 percent from deep.

He averaged just 5.5 points in the opening round of the playoffs against the Warriors.

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