War­riors clob­ber Clip­pers again

Mile­stone win for Spurs coach Popovich

Global Times - Weekend - - SPORTS -

Stephen Curry scored 29 points and Kevin Du­rant added 26 on Thurs­day as the Golden State War­riors ex­tended their dom­i­nance over the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers with a 133120 vic­tory in Los An­ge­les.

The War­riors beat the Clip­pers for the ninth straight time, de­spite the in­jury ab­sences of Dray­mond Green, Zaza Pachu­lia, Shaun Liv­ingston and David West.

Green was held out with a left shoul­der con­tu­sion suf­fered in Wed­nes­day’s home win over the Char­lotte Hor­nets.

“We’ve got a deep team and all the guys fit into their roles and ex­e­cute our game plan, our iden­tity, ev­ery night no mat­ter who suits up,” Curry said af­ter the War­riors won their fifth straight game.

They shot 52.5 per­cent from the field, and while their 14 three-point­ers didn’t ap­proach the stun­ning 21 they put up against the Hor­nets, it was still an im­pres­sive fol­low-up.

Curry’s only three in the first half was his 200th of the sea­son, mak­ing him the first NBA player to hit 200 or more from be­yond the arc in five straight cam­paigns.

He fin­ished with three treys, con­nect­ing on 11 of 23 over­all from the floor and also handed out 11 of the War­riors’ 38 as­sists.

Du­rant had 10 as­sists and eight re­bounds for the War­riors. Klay Thomp­son scored 21 points.

Blake Grif­fin scored 31 points and pulled down eight re­bounds, but the Clip­pers have now lost five of their last seven games.

In San An­to­nio, coach Gregg Popovich tied the league record for most ca­reer wins with a sin­gle club with the Spurs’ 102-86 win over the Philadel­phia 76ers.

Popovich’s 1,127 vic­to­ries with the Spurs tied the mark of former Utah coach Jerry Sloan, who was at the helm of the Jazz from 1988 to 2011 and took them to back-to­back Western Con­fer­ence ti­tles in 1997 and 1998.

Popovich, who has the most wins of any ac­tive coach in the league, down­played the achieve­ment.

“When you get all those wins it’s just a longevity thing more than any­thing,” he said. “So I’m thank­ful for hav­ing the job for a while.”

Kawhi Leonard led seven Spurs play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures with 19 points.

That matched his low­est point to­tal in his past 10 games, but that hardly mat­tered as the Spurs’ bal­anced at­tack got the job done.

De­wayne Ded­mon added 13 points while Patty Mills, David Lee, Davis Ber­tans and Danny Green con­trib­uted 12 each.

In Wash­ing­ton, John Wall scored 16 of his 33 points in the fourth quar­ter as the Wizards ran their home win­ning streak to 16 games with a 116-108 win over the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers.

Bradley Beal drained five three-point­ers en route to 23 points for the Wizards, who haven’t lost at home since a De­cem­ber 6 set­back against Or­lando.

Since De­cem­ber 1, the Wizards are an East­ern Con­fer­ence-best 23-9, in­clud­ing six straight wins and 13 vic­to­ries in their last 15 games.

Golden State War­riors guard Stephen Curry shoots against the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers on Thurs­day.

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