OAKLAND Warriors point guard Stephen Curry remains agame-time decision for Sundays regular-season opener against the L.A.Clippers.Curry did not participate in the Warriors practice onSaturday afternoon, the third consecutive one hes missed since spraining hisright ankle in Tuesday nights exhibition game against the Kings.Curry indicated on Friday that, ideally, hed like to get apractice in before Sundays game. But coach Mark Jackson said he wasnt goingto rule Curry out with more than a day until tip-off.No reason (for Curry to practice), Jackson said. We get alittle bit more time to get treatment and make sure to give him the bestpossible chance to play, And well make a decision (Sunday).Curry did come out to the teams practice floor afterpractice and got some shots up, but not at game speed. Curry worked out withassistant coach Michael Malone, doing shooting drills, then went into thelocker room to get treatment.He didnt speak to reporters afterwards.
OAKLAND -- The Warriors got a measure of revenge Monday, and it wasn’t enough to simply beat the Cleveland Cavaliers.
No, they annihilated the Cavs, rolling to a tip-to-buzzer 126-91 victory before a roaring sellout crowd at Oracle Arena.
Six Warriors scored in double figures, with Klay Thompson putting in 26 points to lead the way. Kevin Durant tossed in 21 points, Stephen Curry 20, Andre Iguodala a season-high 14, Shaun Livingston a season-high 13, and Draymond Green added 11.
The Warriors (35-6), who took a 109-108 loss to the Cavs on Christmas Day in Cleveland, evened the season series at one game apiece and snapped a four-game losing streak to the Cavs, dating back to Game 5 of the NBA Finals last June.
The Warriors committed 15 turnovers, but held Cleveland to seven points off the giveaways. Moreover, the Warriors clobbered the brawny Cavs on the glass, outrebounding them 58-35.
LeBron James scored 20 points to lead the Cavaliers (29-11), who were limited to 35.2-percent shooting from the field.
On a night when most everybody was magnificent, special mention goes to Green for his spirit, his statistics and also his ability to knock James off his game.
Green posted his third triple-double of the season. His line: 11 points (4-of-6 shooting from the field, 3-of-4 from the line, 13 rebounds, 11 assists and a career-high-tying five blocks). He played 35 minutes and finished plus-43.
After Cleveland got within five at 19-14 with 4:41 remaining in the first quarter, the Warriors responded with a 23-8 run to go up 42-22 with 11:17 left in the second quarter.
The Warriors outscored the Cavaliers 41-27 in the first half and took a 78-49 lead at intermission.
The Cavs got no closer than 22 (99-77, 10:06 remaining) in the second half.
Warriors: No injuries were listed and none was reported.
Cavaliers: G J.R. Smith (R thumb fracture) and F/C Chris Andersen (R ACL surgery) were listed as out.
The Warriors return to action Wednesday night, when they face the Oklahoma City Thunder at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30.
OAKLAND -- Add a new conflict to the war between Draymond Green and Lebron James.
With 6:55 left in the second quarter of the Cavaliers-Warriors game at Oracle Arena on Monday, Green was assessed with a Flagrant Foul 1 after colliding with James, who was barreling toward the basket on a fast break.
Upon contact, James went down hard and remained face down for a few moments. Cleveland teammate Richard Jefferson confronted Green, with both men gesturing, though no actual blows were thrown.
The officiating crew, led by Ed Malloy, took several minutes to review the play and concluded that Green deserved a flagrant, while also slapping Green and Jefferson with double technical fouls for their mini-skirmish.
Though he outweighs Green by at least 20 pounds, James reacted to the collision with his head snapping back as the ball went flying out of his hands. He landed on his right side before turning face down to the floor.
Incensed at James’ reaction, Green mimicked a flop as he walked toward the Warriors bench.
This is the latest manifestation of the bad blood between Green and James, who were involved in a crucial play in Game 4 of the NBA Finals last season. That skirmish resulted in Green being suspended for Game 5.