Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Sports

Curry scores 46 as Warriors stop T'wolves, move to 10-0

MINNEAPOLIS — Stephen Curry had 46 points, 21 in the first quarter, and the Warriors improved to 10-0 with a 129-116 victory over the Timberwolves on Thursday night.

Curry hit 15 of 25 shots, including 8 of 13 3-pointers, in another strong performance for the reigning MVP. Draymond Green had 23 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds for the Warriors, who are the fourth defending champion to start the season with at least 10 straight wins.

Golden State set two franchise records with the 10-0 start and winning its first five road games.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Andrew Wiggins scored 19 for the Timberwolves, who are 0-4 at home. Point guard Ricky Rubio missed his second straight game with a strained left hamstring.

The Warriors went 18-for-38 from 3-point range while Minnesota was 3-for-9.

Curry has topped 40 points in a game three times this season and his 52 3s are more than three teams have made all season.

Curry was 4-for-5 on 3s in the first quarter and pushed the Warriors out to a 10-0 lead before the game was 90 seconds old.

Last season Russell Westbrook led the NBA with four 20-point quarters. Curry has four in 10 games. He hit consecutive 3s in the third quarter, one from 3 feet behind the arc for a 97-76 lead.

The Warriors never trailed, but the win didn't come easily, even when it was 97-76. The Timberwolves got within five, but Curry and Green made key shots.

MISSING WADE, HEAT WINS: Chris Bosh scored 25, reserve Tyler Johnson added 17 and the host Heat held off the Jazz 92-91. Miami guard Dwyane Wade did not play because one of his sons needed hospitalization for undisclosed reasons. The team said only that the child was doing well and would be fine. When Miami traded Mario Chalmers this week, team president Pat Riley told Johnson: "Now, it's on. Game on. You're not the third guard now." Johnson rewarded that confidence Thursday, capping his night with two key field goals in the final 1:48 Goran Dragic scored 14 and Hassan Whiteside had 14 rebounds for the Heat.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Clippers were without their starting backcourt against the Suns in Thursday night's late game. Chris Paul (strained groin) was a game-time decision; J.J. Redick (lower back spasms) is expected to miss a couple of games. …Bulls center Joakim Noah appears on track to return tonight against the Hornets after missing a game because of soreness in his surgically repaired left knee. … Pacers center Myles Turner is expected to miss at least a month with a chip fracture in his left thumb.

Warriors 129, T'wolves 116

GOLDEN STATE (129): Barnes 6-14 0-1 14, Green 8-10 5-5 23, Ezeli 5-6 0-0 10, Curry 15-25 8-8 46, K.Thompson 6-16 0-0 15, Bogut 2-3 0-0 4, Iguodala 1-6 0-0 3, Livingston 3-5 2-2 8, Clark 2-4 0-0 6, McAdoo 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 48-89 15-16 129.

MINNESOTA (116): Prince 3-3 0-0 6, Garnett 0-0 0-0 0, Towns 7-15 3-4 17, LaVine 3-11 7-8 13, Wiggins 7-17 4-6 19, Bjelica 3-5 1-4 8, Martin 5-13 4-4 15, Miller 5-8 1-2 11, Dieng 4-6 3-3 11, Muhammad 6-8 4-5 16, Rudez 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Payne 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-87 27-36 116.

Golden State 40 35 22 32— 129

Minnesota 27 36 24 29— 116

3-Point GoalsGolden State 18-38 (Curry 8-13, K.Thompson 3-9, Green 2-3, Clark 2-3, Barnes 2-7, Iguodala 1-3), Minnesota 3-9 (Martin 1-1, Wiggins 1-2, Bjelica 1-2, Jones 0-1, Muhammad 0-1, LaVine 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsGolden State 38 (Green 8), Minnesota 57 (Towns 11). AssistsGolden State 34 (Green 12), Minnesota 21 (Martin 6). Total FoulsGolden State 25, Minnesota 18. A16,130 (19,356).

Heat 92, Jazz 91

UTAH (91): Hayward 7-21 10-12 24, Lyles 1-4 0-0 2, Favors 10-18 5-7 25, Neto 0-3 0-0 0, Hood 4-14 1-2 10, Booker 0-2 0-0 0, Burke 3-9 0-0 6, Burks 9-16 3-4 24, Ingles 0-2 0-0 0, Millsap 0-0 0-0 0, Pleiss 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-89 19-25 91.

MIAMI (92): Deng 3-5 0-0 6, Bosh 9-18 6-9 25, Whiteside 4-10 1-4 9, Dragic 5-12 4-6 14, Richardson 3-5 0-0 8, Winslow 3-9 1-2 7, T.Johnson 8-12 0-0 17, McRoberts 0-3 4-4 4, Udrih 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 36-77 16-25 92.

Utah 22 23 21 25— 91

Miami 28 18 20 26— 92

3-Point GoalsUtah 4-17 (Burks 3-3, Hood 1-5, Ingles 0-1, Lyles 0-1, Neto 0-1, Burke 0-2, Hayward 0-4), Miami 4-13 (Richardson 2-3, T.Johnson 1-1, Bosh 1-3, Deng 0-1, McRoberts 0-1, Winslow 0-1, Dragic 0-3). Fouled OutBooker. ReboundsUtah 52 (Favors 12), Miami 59 (Whiteside 14). AssistsUtah 13 (Hood, Hayward 3), Miami 14 (Dragic, Bosh 4). Total FoulsUtah 23, Miami 20. A19,600 (19,600).

Comments
Rays bring Jonny Venters back to majors

Rays bring Jonny Venters back to majors

UPDATE, 5:34: Venters, understandably, was humbled and happy to make it back. "It's hard to put into words how I'm feeling," he said. "It's been an emotional day."Venters was in uniform in the Durham clubhouse during rain delay when he got called in ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Report: Former ‘Bama starting QB to visit USF

Report: Former ‘Bama starting QB to visit USF

USF's quarterback derby could have a prominent 11th-hour entrant.Former Alabama QB Blake Barnett, the Crimson Tide's opening day starter in 2016 who transferred to Arizona State shortly thereafter, is leaving Tempe as a grad transfer, several media o...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Art of the block: Get in the way of the puck. Expect pain.

Art of the block: Get in the way of the puck. Expect pain.

BRANDON — The welts and the bruises and — yes, even the broken bones — they are the badges given this time of year to the hearty souls who, in hockey vernacular, sacrifice the body.They are awarded to the guys who knock aside wrist ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
For starters: Rays at Orioles, weather permitting (again)

For starters: Rays at Orioles, weather permitting (again)

The Rays and Orioles are going to try again to play tonight, though the tarp was on the field this afternoon and a light rain falling with heavier precipitation expected later.The Rays, who called up veteran reliever Jonny Venters this afternoon, are...
Updated: 5 hours ago
NFL draft: How the Bucs can grab hold of the NFC South

NFL draft: How the Bucs can grab hold of the NFC South

TAMPA — From the department of the weird, also known as Bucs marketing genius — also known as if it bombs, we can blame Ed Glazer — the Bucs will use a … parrot to announce their fourth-round pick in the NFL Draft, which kicks...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Q&A with Bucs tackle Donovan Smith: On bowling, charity work, team expectations

Q&A with Bucs tackle Donovan Smith: On bowling, charity work, team expectations

Bucs tackle Donovan Smith has a big season ahead, going into a contract year as part of a reshuffled offensive line. Still only 24, he has started all 48 games in his three NFL seasons, and has made it a priority in the offseason to be more active in...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Springstead baseball isn’t easing into districts

Springstead baseball isn’t easing into districts

SPRING HILL — With the high school baseball regular season ending this week, some teams like to dial down their schedule in preparation for district play.Springstead is more than happy to be doing the opposite. With two games against HomeTeam t...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Bucs draft scenarios: Would this guy be their lucky pick at No. 7?

Bucs draft scenarios: Would this guy be their lucky pick at No. 7?

TAMPA – This is the Rubiks Cube of NFL drafts. It can be twisted and turned it in any direction. Not many know how everything will line up.For the Bucs, the puzzle is simple.  Since they have the No. 7 overall pick, they need four quarterb...
Updated: 8 hours ago
A bittersweet farewell for Rams baseball

A bittersweet farewell for Rams baseball

NEW PORT RICHEY — This week alone, Larry Beets has bid farewell to two longtime homes.He and wife Donna, who are transitioning to a villa at Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club, are completing the sale of the Hudson house they shared for nearly a hal...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Mock draft consensus: Who the experts have Bucs taking at No. 7

Mock draft consensus: Who the experts have Bucs taking at No. 7

We've linked to a lot of mock drafts over the last four months.We went back and assembled mocks from 40 different NFL writers we've linked to — this isn't the most recent for some of these who are in Mock 9.0 mode, but it's meant as an unscient...
Updated: 8 hours ago