Durant leads Warriors past Magic sans Curry
OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant had 21 points, a season-high eight assists and seven rebounds, Shaun Livingston scored a season-best 16 points in place of the injured Stephen Curry, and the Golden State Warriors pulled away in the second half to beat the Orlando Magic 110-100 on Monday night for their seventh straight win.
Draymond Green had a season-high 20 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals as the Warriors completed an unbeaten four-game homestand.
Nikola Vucevic scored 20 points, Evan Fournier had 16 and Aaron Gordon added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the Magic’s fourth defeat over six games.
Livingston also had six assists on a night they were without Curry as he nursed a bruised right thigh from where he took a knee Saturday night. Durant sat out with the same injury to his left leg last Wednesday against Minnesota.
Coach Steve Kerr called them similar injuries and is being cautious with two-time MVP Curry, who sat out on his bobblehead giveaway night and has only been receiving treatment on the leg without any oncourt work.
“If it was a playoff game he would play, but he’s pretty sore,” Kerr said. “We’ve got two days before our next game so this gives us the chance to really get him healthy and right . ... It’s a nobrainer to rest him.”
Klay Thompson contributed 15 points, five assists and four rebounds in Golden State’s ninth straight victory against the Magic and fifth in a row at Oracle Arena.
Golden State held the Magic to 19 points in the third while scoring 32 to take control, leading 8875 going into the final 12 minutes.
Durant was named GQ’s “Champion of the Year” and shared a cover with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the magazine’s “Citizen of the Year.”
KD credits Kap for “being courageous.”
“Kaepernick is just a guy who’s standing up for what he believes in, standing up for people who don’t really have a voice,” Durant said. “It was a tremendous honor to be on the cover with him, somebody that his words have started a conversation that’s needed in this country. And his actions have started a conversation. It’s an honor, it’s a blessing and I’m definitely grateful to be on the cover and to be gracing it with some amazing people.”
TRAPPED. Orlando Magic’s Evan Fournier, center, drives the ball against Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, left, and Zaza Pachulia, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif.