With Curry in­jured, Du­rant leads War­riors

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Sports - By Janie McCauley

OAK­LAND — 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 sea­son­high 20 points, five as­sists, four re­bounds and two steals as the War­riors com­pleted an un­beaten fourgame 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 on-court 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 no-brainer to rest him.”

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