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Curry to miss at least two weeks

ALL EVEN: Kemba Walker, gliding past the Heat’s Hassan Whiteside, has 34 points as the Hornets tie the playoff series.

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ALL EVEN: Kemba Walker, gliding past the Heat’s Hassan Whiteside, has 34 points as the Hornets tie the playoff series.

OAKLAND, Calif. — If the Warriors want to cap a record-setting season with a second straight NBA title, they will need to survive the next two weeks without their best player.

Stephen Curry is expected to miss at least two weeks with a Grade 1 sprain of the MCL in his right knee, dealing a blow to Golden State's hopes of repeating as champions.

"From our perspective, it's relatively good news," general manager Bob Myers said Monday. "Clearly we don't want to be here getting MRIs at this point of the season, especially someone of Steph's stature. … But mechanically the knee is intact, so that's good."

Myers said the two-week estimate is an educated guess based on how players typically respond to similar injuries, but he said the absence could be three weeks or possibly less.

The team will have a better handle on how long Curry will be out after about a week, but he will miss the rest of the first round of the playoffs against the Rockets and almost assuredly the start of the second if the Warriors advance. Golden State leads Houston 3-1 heading into Game 5 at home Wednesday night.

"If it's not two weeks, don't go crazy," Myers said. "If it's before that, great. If it's after, it's after."

Curry was injured on the final play of the first half of Sunday's 121-94 win in Houston when he slid awkwardly on a wet spot on the court and fell. He immediately grabbed his knee and jogged with a limp to the locker room.

"Nobody is to blame here," Myers said. "If you play basketball, that stuff happens, unfortunately."

Curry came out with the team after halftime but sat on the bench for most of the warmup time. After talking with coaches, he returned to the locker room with his second injury of the series. Curry had missed the previous two games with a sprained right ankle.

THUNDER 118, MAVS 104: Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, and host Oklahoma City won the first-round playoff series 4-1.

Westbrook was 13-of-23 from the field and 7-of-8 on free throws. Kevin Durant added 33 points and Steven Adams had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder, which will play the Spurs in a series that begins Saturday.

Thunder 118, Mavericks 104

DALLAS (104): Anderson 5-10 2-4 14, Nowitzki 8-16 5-5 24, Pachulia 3-7 6-6 12, Felton 5-12 0-0 10, Matthews 3-13 2-2 11, Powell 6-7 4-6 16, Barea 4-7 0-0 8, Harris 4-9 1-1 9, Villanueva 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-81 20-24 104.

OKLAHOMA CITY (118): Durant 11-24 8-8 33, Ibaka 0-4 2-2 2, Adams 5-8 5-9 15, Westbrook 13-23 7-8 36, Roberson 3-6 0-0 6, Waiters 4-8 0-0 11, Collison 1-1 1-2 3, Foye 0-1 2-2 2, Payne 2-2 0-0 5, Kanter 2-4 1-1 5, Morrow 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-81 26-32 118.

Dallas 24 37 22 21— 104

Oklahoma City 35 33 25 25— 118

3-Point GoalsDallas 8-24 (Nowitzki 3-6, Matthews 3-7, Anderson 2-5, Barea 0-1, Felton 0-2, Harris 0-3), Oklahoma City 10-30 (Waiters 3-6, Westbrook 3-8, Durant 3-11, Payne 1-1, Ibaka 0-1, Kanter 0-1, Roberson 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDallas 43 (Powell 9), Oklahoma City 50 (Westbrook 12). AssistsDallas 24 (Pachulia 9), Oklahoma City 19 (Westbrook 9). Total FoulsDallas 24, Oklahoma City 22. TechnicalsAnderson, Nowitzki, Oklahoma City defensive three second. A18,203 (18,203).

HORNETS 89, HEAT 85: Kemba Walker scored a playoff-career-high 34 points, Jeremy Lin added 21 and host Charlotte evened the first-round series with Miami at 2.

Walker scored 11 straight Hornets points in the fourth quarter after the Heat had cut Charlotte's lead to two with 6:07 left. Courtney Lee sank two free throws with 4.6 seconds left after being fouled on an offensive rebound to seal the win.

Hornets 89, Heat 85

MIAMI (85): Deng 4-14 5-5 15, J.Johnson 6-12 0-0 16, Whiteside 3-5 2-5 8, Dragic 5-10 0-0 12, Wade 4-11 4-6 12, Richardson 1-7 0-0 3, Winslow 3-8 1-2 8, Stoudemire 2-2 1-1 5, Wright 0-2 0-0 0, Haslem 0-1 1-2 1, Green 2-4 0-0 5. Totals 30-76 14-21 85.

CHARLOTTE (89): Williams 0-5 0-0 0, Kaminsky 1-5 2-4 4, Jefferson 4-12 1-2 9, Walker 13-28 6-7 34, Lee 3-8 4-4 11, Lin 6-10 8-9 21, Zeller 3-4 2-2 8, Hawes 0-3 2-2 2. Totals 30-75 25-30 89.

Miami 26 13 22 24— 85

Charlotte 19 29 21 20— 89

3-Point GoalsMiami 11-29 (J.Johnson 4-5, Dragic 2-4, Deng 2-8, Green 1-2, Richardson 1-4, Winslow 1-5, Wright 0-1), Charlotte 4-17 (Walker 2-8, Lee 1-3, Lin 1-3, Kaminsky 0-1, Williams 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMiami 57 (J.Johnson, Wade, Deng, Whiteside 7), Charlotte 46 (Hawes 8). AssistsMiami 20 (Wade 10), Charlotte 10 (Lin, Jefferson 3). Total FoulsMiami 26, Charlotte 20. A19,156 (19,077).

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said he has a large list of candidates to be the team's next coach but he expects to narrow the field quickly. Byron Scott was fired as coach late Sunday night. … The NBA said Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson was not fouled on the final play of Sunday's loss to Cleveland.

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