Looney im­presses in home­com­ing

San Francisco Chronicle - - FRIDAY NIGHT’S WARRIORS GAME - By Con­nor Le­tourneau

MIL­WAU­KEE — Kevon Looney has played for Steve Kerr long enough to know that the War­riors’ head coach likes to give even sel­dom-used re­serves some min­utes in their home­towns.

With that in mind, Looney was ex­tra ex­cited ahead of Fri­day night’s 108-94 win over the Bucks. The Mil­wau­kee na­tive re­sponded with nine points, eight re­bounds, three as­sists and a block in 23 min­utes. Play­ing in front of fam­ily and friends, he cor­ralled six of­fen­sive boards and switched off screens to de­fend guards with rel­a­tive ease.

“I thought he was tremen­dous,” Kerr said. “We wanted to get him in the game, given that he’s from the area. It turned out that he was a great fit for this game, with all the switch­ing and pro­tect­ing the rim at the same time. I thought Looney put in some fan­tas­tic min­utes.”

Kerr has long lauded Looney for his pro­fes­sion­al­ism. Af­ter con­sis­tently play­ing mean­ing­ful min­utes in De­cem­ber, Looney was forced to watch from the bench as rookie Jordan Bell jumped him on the depth chart. It didn’t keep Looney from stay­ing late af­ter prac­tice to play 3-on-3 or from re­view­ing scout­ing re­ports pregame with play­erde­vel­op­ment coach

Chris DeMarco.

In three of Golden State’s past five games, Looney has logged at least 15 min­utes. His 23 min­utes Fri­day were a ca­reer high.

“I kind of had a feel­ing I would play,” Looney said. “Last year, (Kerr) gave me a chance to play (in Mil­wau­kee). So, I kind of had a feel­ing that, if he called my name, I’d be ready.” Un­ruly fan: Late in Golden State’s win over the Bucks, a fan in a front-row base­line seat was es­corted from the game for shout­ing ob­scen­i­ties at War­riors guard Klay Thomp­son.

Mid­way through the fourth quar­ter, when Thomp­son fell to the floor af­ter get­ting fouled, a fan leaned over and un­leashed a ver­bal tirade on him. David West and Shaun Liv­ingston ran over to de­fend Thomp­son. Within sec­onds, ush­ers ap­proached the fan, who left his seat with­out fur­ther in­ci­dent. Cook, Jones re­called: Point guard Quinn Cook and cen­ter Damian Jones were re­called Fri­day from from the G League. Cook was ac­tive, but did not play, and Jones was on the in­ac­tive list.

Streak snapped:

Thomp­son was 0-of-2 from be­yond the arc, snap­ping a 95-game streak in which he had con­nected on at least one three-pointer, which was the third-long­est such streak in NBA his­tory.

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