Down 17, Warriors force OT and win wild one over Heat 111-106


Down 17, Warriors force OT and win wild one over Heat 111-106


OAKLAND The Warriors battled back from a 17-point thirdquarter deficit to defeat the Miami Heat in overtime on Tuesday. The victorysnapped a five-game losing streak for the Warriors, and it was only the secondloss of the season for the Heat.Warriors 111, Heat 106 (OT)Star of the game: Dorell Wright came outof his slump in a big way. Wright had 20 points and three huge buckets to helpthe Warriors come back from a 17-point deficit.Wright hit a 3-pointer with 31 seconds remaining inregulation to tie the game at 96-96, then hit two more 3-pointers in overtime.Both of the 3-pointers came with the Warriors down two at the time, the firstwith 4:55 remaining and the second with 1:25 remaining.
Wright credited coach Mark Jackson.One thing is him sticking with me, said Wright, whofinished 20 points and 10 rebounds. Its nine games and Ive just stunk it up.I havent been good at all. I havent helped this team. When Im making shots,making plays for my teammates, getting rebounds thats when werebetter.Robinson produces: Guard Nate Robinsonhad 15 of his team-high 24 points in the fourth quarter, one in which theWarriors outscored Miami 24-12.Robinson didnt shoot well (4-for-12), but he got to theline, going 14-for-14.It was great to see Nate Robinson, who people havequestioned, doubted I didnt know what he was when was on other teams. But Iknow hes a fighter, I know hes a competitor and no pun intended, hes awarrior, Jackson said.Tough stretch: The Heat held the Warriorswithout a field goal for nearly 10 minutes to start the third quarter, takingcontrol of what had been a close one.Miami led 57-53 at halftime, but by the time David Leedunked with 2:11 remaining in the period Golden States first bucket of thequarter the Heat lead had grown to 80-65.That big deficit was the reason it turned out to be such abig win for the Warriors.Not just this win, were a team that beat the Knicks, Bullsand Heat, Jackson said. So we can beat very good teams. And we can beat verygood teams when things dont go our way because we are an outstanding defensiveteam. When you hold the Miami Heat to 12 points in the fourth quarter, you giveyourself a chance to win, you give yourself a chance to fight back andwin.Hanging in: The Warriors were shootingjust 35 percent from the field and had committed 18 turnovers, and were downonly 93-87. They stayed in the game because they didnt allow Miami to score inbunches let alone much at all.We fought, Jackson said. I talked about it all seasonlong. We are a team that is not going to quit. When it got tough, I thoughtthere was a point just like in life where you can fold the tent or you canbegin to believe and fight back and we did that.Brown injured: Warriors center KwameBrown appeared to injure his right shoulder midway through the third quarterwhile trying to get a rebound.He came out of the game and then headed to the locker room.He didnt return.Lees impact: Warriors power forwardDavid Lees been getting his double-doubles, but against the Heat his 20 pointsand 14 rebounds were meaningful.Said Lee: I finally, after a day off, kind of felt myselfagain after being sick. The thingweve done a poor job of is closing out games and thats all the way around.But on a personal level, I wanted to be aggressive defensively, rebounding andalso be aggressive offensively. You saw in overtime they went down to me aboutfive or six straight times and I found guys for shots and was able to scoreonce. I wanted to be aggressive. Ellison in house: Oracle CEO LarryEllison was in attendance courtside on Tuesday night, sitting approximately 10seats down from Warriors owner Joe Lacob.Ellison had tried to purchase the Warriors when previousowner Chris Cohan had the team up for sale. But Lacob wound up getting theteam.Ellison has been to Oracle Arena just two times for Warriorsgames. The first was a few years ago for a Cavaliers-Warriors game whenCleveland had LeBron James.No Curry, Biedrins: The Warriors playedwithout point guard Stephen Curry and center Andris Biedrins. Curry missed hissecond consecutive game after spraining his right ankle in San Antonio.Biedrins missed his third straight game with a sprainedright ankle and toe injury.

Warriors go from the hot to the hotter with Pelicans' Davis

Warriors go from the hot to the hotter with Pelicans' Davis

NEW ORLEANS – There may come a time when the Warriors appreciate this, when they look back at the flames through which they have passed and survived, having sustained only moderate burns.

Until then, though, they’ll have to dance with fire. Torched by Spurs All-Star big man LaMarcus Aldridge on Tuesday, the Warriors now confront Pelicans All-Star power forward Anthony Davis.

That would be the Anthony Davis, the 6-foot-10 talent who in the season opener Wednesday night gave New Orleans 50 points, 16 rebounds, seven steals, five assists and four blocks.

“We watched the tape today,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Thursday evening, after the team practiced upon arrival in the Bayou. “Scary. Scary.”

Davis has become the great player who gets overlooked, mostly because injuries have nagged him in each of his first four NBA seasons; he has missed at least 14 games every year. Once widely considered the league’s brightest under-25 star, he’s still only 23 but has to remind observers of his considerable talents.

A 50-16-7-5-4 line served as a potent reminder, even if Davis posted it in a 107-102 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

“I was telling one our coaches,” Kerr said, “he looks to me like . . . ‘You ever see a pickup game where there’s a high-school kid playing but everybody else is 12? And the 12-year-olds are good, but the high-school kid is physically posting up, knocking people around, shooting jumpers, doing whatever he wants. That’s Anthony.

“He’s so big and so skilled, you can’t believe that the skill can come in that body. There are guys who are Anthony’s size around the league, but most of them are screen-setters and defenders. This guy plays like a point guard.”

Davis is more skilled than Aldridge, but is an inch shorter and doesn’t have the brawny physique. Aldridge had his way with any defender he saw, totaling 26 points, 14 rebounds and three assists in a 129-100 pasting of the Warriors. Draymond Green’s past success against Aldridge was of no benefit.

So this represents a chance for Green – one of the league’s best defenders – to acquit himself. He will draw Davis at the start, but Kerr was quick to say Kevin Durant – at 6-10 (or so) a fairer physical matchup – also will get chances.

“We’ll see how the game goes,” Kerr said. “And we’ll try to find something that works.

“Obviously, we want to slow him down. But I’m just thrilled for him, that he’s healthy and playing. I know he got hurt during preseason, so it’s good to see him back this quickly. We’ll have our hands full. But that’s a challenge that we look forward to.”

Durant finds motivation in those doubting his hunger

Durant finds motivation in those doubting his hunger

NEW ORLEANS – It’s early Thursday night and practice is over and the Warriors, one by one, have filed out of Smoothie King Center and onto one of two team buses.

Only one player remains: Kevin Durant, the 6-foot-9 forward, a nine-year NBA veteran with four NBA scoring titles and an MVP trophy among his possessions.

Durant at one end of the court continues to go through his vast arsenal of offensive moves. The drop-step. The step-back. The swipe. The spin-and-dunk. Sweat drips from his chin, his arms and his gray Warriors T-shirt. He’s talking to himself. He’s destroying Chris DeMarco, a 6-8 former small college power forward who has evolved into a valuable but oft-abused assistant coach.

“They say I’m not hungry,” Durant barks out at one point, before sprinting into a corner and launching a 3-pointer and then sprinting to the top of the key for another trey.

By now DeMarco, also soaked his perspiration, is watching from a seat on the bench. No matter. He rises yet again to go back at Durant in a matchup that feels very much like championship fighter and sparring partner.

Durant finally ends the functional torture of DeMarco and flops into a seat.

“How much fun do you have beating up on DeMarco,” he is asked.

Durant breaks into a grin.

“Those are people that you don’t really get to know, get to see, that contribute to success,” Durant says. “DeMarco, ever since I got here he’s been helping get better. He lets me beat up on him and work on my game. It’s easy to just go out there by yourself. But just having another voice and having token defense out there definitely helps. I’m just trying to get better, man.

“That’s what I’m all about.”

When asked about his “hungry” remark, Durant reveals a bit of himself. Like many sports superstars, he hears the chatter and absorbs the slights. Though the comment was made in earshot of a few reporters, it shines a light into the psychological games he plays with himself.

“That’s what I say to myself when I’m working,” he says. “I hear it all the time. You hear the noise. You hear what they say about you. Everybody hears it.

“So it’s a little extra motivation when I’m out there. Nobody in this arena right now, and that’s when you get better. Nobody sees you when you’re doing this stuff right here. But luckily, y’all were in here watching.”

Durant is on a roll now. He’s loose, he’s feeling good and he’s pulling off the mask.

“You hear that stuff and you just use it fuel,” he says. “You don’t let it affect you, obviously, but when you’re out on the court you just try to use it as fuel. And keep getting better. That’s how I am.”

Asked if he reads the criticism, Durant takes only a fraction of a step backward.

“It’s not that I read it,” he says. “It’s just in the air. It’s in the atmosphere, and people tell you and you hear about it and (reporters) ask me questions about it all the time. So, obviously, I know.

“But I’m not losing sleep on it. It’s just wood on that fire. You just keep always wanting to get better.”

Which opens the door to the subject of opening night, when the Warriors were manhandled in a 129-100 loss to San Antonio, prompting spirited debate among street-corner coaches and general managers.

“Obviously, you’re going to hear everything,” he says, grinning. “ ‘The season is over.’ ‘The team is the worst team in the league.’

“You thought it was going to be easy? It’s one game,” he adds. I remember losing in the playoffs by 30 or beating someone by 30 in Game 1 of the playoffs, and you say it’s only one game. And it’s one game in 82, and you (expletive) guys are making it feel like the world is ending.”

Durant is out of his chair. Still sweating, walks toward the exit to get on the bus.

He did what he felt he needed to do to get better. He said what he felt he needed to say, responding to critics. And he did it all with no less than a trace of a smile.