Warriors' Durant on track to return in regular season
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 4:04
Stephen Curry scored 29 points, 13 in the pivotal third quarter, as the Golden State Warriors came back from an early 22-point deficit to defeat the San Antonio Spurs 110-98 in a slugfest between the top two teams in the National Basketball Association on Wednesday at AT&T Center.
The Western Conference leaders scored 37 points in the first quarter and were never behind as they reached 60 victories for the third season running.
Trailing 85-83 entering the final quarter, the Warriors took control with a 17-7 run over the first nine minutes. With eight games remaining in the season, the Warriors, still two-and-a-half games ahead of the Spurs, are likely to hold onto the No. 1 seed.
When the Houston Rockets visit the Golden State Warriors on Friday night, it will be a rematch of a game that had far greater significance three days earlier.
With his team already missing All-Star forward Kevin Durant, sidelined since sustaining a knee injury February 28, Golden State coach Steve Kerr rested All-Stars Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green and key reserve Andre Iguodala in the second game against the Spurs.
Curry scored a game-high 32 points and Thompson added 25, but the Warriors won with defense, limiting Houston (51-22) to 38.8 percent shooting.
They have the artillery, as coach Mike D'Antoni's team features four players in the top 12 in the league this season in 3-pointers made: James Harden (third at 238), Eric Gordon (fourth, 231), Ryan Anderson (ninth, 188) and Trevor Ariza (12th, 182).
The win-which was the Warriors' ninth straight-gives the team some breathing room in the Western Conference standings.
Golden State's big win also comes on the heels of more good fortune.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Just this week, Golden State has handled West powers Memphis and San Antonio and taken down Houston twice.
But make no mistake: Everyone is chasing Golden State.
Check Golden State Warriors vs Houston rockets live score updates on GSW Official Twitter page below. If Golden State could maintain its defensive dominance and bring Durant back in to the lineup for the postseason, then the Warriors will be nearly impossible to stop. The Houston Rockets are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. In addition to Harden, it was a tough night overall for Houston as a team.
Although they haven't seen him play much, the Dallas Mavericks have seen enough of rookie Jarrod Uthoff that they signed the 6-9 forward to a multi-year contract on Wednesday. Durant hasn't played since February 28 because of a left knee injury.