With­out in­jured Curry, Du­rant leads War­riors

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports -

OAK­LAND (AP) — One night last week, Kevin Du­rant sat out. On Mon­day, it was Stephen Curry with the same bruised thigh mus­cle that side­lined the NBA Fi­nals MVP.

Both games, Golden State showed off its re­mark­able depth, with­stand­ing the ab­sence of a big star.

Du­rant had 21 points, a sea­son-high eight as­sists and seven re­bounds, Shaun Liv­ingston scored a sea­son-best 16 points in place of the in­jure Curry, and the cham­pion War­riors pulled away in the sec­ond half to beat the Orlando Magic 110-100 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.

Klay Thomp­son cred­ited the front of­fice for keep­ing the tal­ented, loaded ros­ter in­tact.

“It’s what’s been able to pro­pel us to three straight Fi­nals,” Thomp­son said. “Our depth’s been in­cred­i­ble.”

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.”

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. David West added 11 re­bounds and five of the War­riors’ 35 as­sists.

“This is good for us, hon­estly,” Liv­ingston said.

“All I know is that we’re re­ally, re­ally lucky to have the tal­ent that we do,” Kerr said. “We can win games with­out Steph or KD or Dray­mond or Klay be­cause we’ve got a lot of guys and a lot of guys who can re­ally play. It’s an in­cred­i­ble ros­ter and we should be able to win games when some of our stars are down.

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