Du­rant leads War­riors past Magic sans Curry

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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.”

AP Photo

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.

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