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Stephen Curry scores 28 as Warriors hammer Bucks

#stephencurry #warriorsSure, that feathery shot looked familiar again. Stephen Curry hit three-pointers from just beyond the arc and from waaaay beyond the arc, repeatedly bringing the Oracle Arena crowd to its happy feet.

More than that, Curry had his swagger back Saturday night. In scoring a game-high 28 points, the two-time reigning MVP was back to his mouth-guard chomping, fist-pumping ways, leading the Warriors to a 117-92 victory.

Just like that, Golden State can breath again. They appear to have shaken off their March Blandness. They won all three games of this homestand and blew out the final two opponents — Orlando and Milwaukee — by a combined 55 points.

The Warriors are making the most of a schedule in which they play 11 of their final 16 regular-season games at home. And breezy victories such as these allow coach Steve Kerr to give his weary stars some extra rest as the playoffs draw near.

The Warriors (55-14) can’t sit too comfortably, but at least they have a cushion. They head for Oklahoma City on Monday with a 2.5-game lead over the Spurs for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

As Draymond Green said before the game: “When you’re at Game 60-something, everybody is a little fatigued. It’s just the nature of the game. You have to push through it.”

Green and Kerr both said that defensive pressure is the tell-tale indication that the Warriors have their A-game. So it made for an uneasy start, as the Bucks (34-35) made early shots at will and roared off to a 23-9 start.

But the Warriors clamped down on Giannis Antetokounmpo (minus-26 through three quarters) and turned on the jets offensively.

Kerr said before tipoff that he wanted pressure defense “from the outset …. not giving up easy stuff. That leads to transition baskets and that’s kind of the process that makes us who we are.”

 

That’s how it played out, eventually. The Warriors made 60 percent from the field, including 12 of 23 from 3-point range. In doing so, Golden State improved to 31-0 when shooting better than 50 percent from the field.

The Warriors have four games this season in which they have shot at least 60 percent — best in the NBA.

Curry, who had struggled with his shot in recent weeks, looked as if he’d been unfrozen from last year. He made 9 of 13 shots from the field, including 6 of 8 from long-range.

Instead of forcing shots, Curry stayed with in the flow and found his comfort zone. When he buried a 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter, with longtime tormentor Matthew Dellavedova in his face, Curry celebrated by waving to the crowd to make more noise.

The fans did. And they booed Dellavedova lustily for the remainder of the game, clearly thinking more of his days in Cleveland than in nearby Saint Mary’s College.

— –Kevin Durant appeared at the morning shootaround, hoisting a few shots alongside Curry. “He’s clearly making progress,” Kerr said. “It’s great.”

The timetable for Durant’s return remains uncertain. The team has said only that his injured left knee will be “re-evaluated” in a little more than a week.

Durant will travel with the team to Oklahoma City but won’t face his old team. That’s OK, Green said.

“You just try to let a guy rehab and do what he wants to do at his own pace,” Green said. “I feel like when you start talking to a guy — ‘Hey, man, how you doing?’ — then all of a sudden they want to rush back.

“No, man, take your time. Get right. When he’s ready, obviously, we want him back out there.”

Source : mercurynews

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