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.
Having been a member of the Warriors for nearly five years, Draymond Green has become a fan of Oakland and its people.
Considering that, as well as Green’s outspoken nature, perhaps it’s not surprising he expressed profound distaste for the Raiders’ impending move to Las Vegas.
“That's crazy. I feel bad for the city of Oakland,” Green told reporters Tuesday night, after the Warriors posted a 113-106 win over the Rockets in Houston. “I don't even know how that's going to work, honestly, with a football team moving to Las Vegas. I feel bad for the city.
“If I were the fans, I wouldn't attend a game for the next two years. But that’s just me. That's ridiculous. No way I'd pay my money to attend a game.”
Though Green roots for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the 27-year-old power forward has attended games at the Coliseum and developed relationships with members of the Raiders, a franchise established in Oakland in 1960. The team moved to Los Angeles in 1982, and returned to Oakland in 1995.
Green was 5 years old in Saginaw, Mich. when the Raiders returned to their original home in ‘95, and he, like many Bay Area Raiders fans, clearly is having trouble digesting the idea of them being based in another city.
“That's like moving the Dallas Cowboys or moving the Packers,” he said. “Moving the Raiders? You can move a lot of teams. Ain't many fan bases like the Raiders fan base. That's like moving the Boston Celtics from Boston or the Lakers from LA.
“You just don't move certain franchises with the fan base they have.”
The Raiders are the second professional team preparing to vacate Oakland. The Warriors, after all, are planning to move to San Francisco in 2019.
“It's one thing if you're moving them from Oakland to Fremont or something,” Green said of the Raiders. “To Las Vegas? I wouldn't attend a game. I won't attend a game.
“And I'm not a diehard Raiders fan, but I support the city of Oakland. It ain't for me and I feel like all fans should feel that way. You just don't do that. Come on man, that's ridiculous.”
Steve Kerr continues to re-write the record books.
The Warriors' 113-106 victory in Houston on Tuesday was Kerr's 200th win of his brief coaching career.
The milestone victory comes in just his 238th game as a head coach, making him the fastest coach to 200 career wins.
Hall of Fame Bulls and Lakers coach Phil Jackson held the previous record at 200 wins in 270 games.
In Kerr's three seasons as the coach of the Warriors, the team has won at least 60 games each year. Before the current three-year run, the Warriors never had a 60-win season in franchise history.
Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr earned his 200th career reg. season win, doing so in his 238th game--the fastest to 200 wins in NBA history.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) March 29, 2017
Warriors have won at least 60 reg. season games for the 3rd-straight year. Warriors had never reached the 60-win plateau in 68 years prior.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) March 29, 2017