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Vintage Curry run pulls Warriors even

Draymond Green, on his back, tries to protect the ball from the Thunder’s Enes Kanter, foreground, and Kevin Durant.

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Draymond Green, on his back, tries to protect the ball from the Thunder’s Enes Kanter, foreground, and Kevin Durant.

OAKLAND — Stephen Curry scored 28, more than half in a third-quarter streak that led the Warriors to a 118-91 victory over the Thunder on Wednesday night that evened the Western Conference final at 1-1.

Curry scored 15 straight Warriors points over a span of 1:58 in the third quarter. The one-man 15-2 run pushed Golden State's lead to 79-59.

He hit a 3-pointer to give the Warriors a 10-point lead, then things fell apart quickly for the Thunder. Kevin Durant was whistled for fouling Curry beyond the 3-point line and picked up a technical foul for arguing. That led to four straight free throws from Curry.

Curry hit another 3-pointer after shot-faking Serge Ibaka to get the open look. As the shot was on its way in, Curry gave Ibaka a brief look.

Curry stopped on a dime in transition and with his foot on the 3-point line hit a jump shot. The flurry ended with Curry hitting his fifth 3-pointer of the game to give the Warriors a 20-point lead.

Curry finished with 17 points in the quarter.

The Warriors had led 57-49 at halftime, weathering the storm of Durant's 23 points by breaking a tie with eight straight points in the final minute of the first half.

Golden State's Festus Ezeli scored on a layup to kick off the run that was fueled by the bench. Andre Iguodala scored on a no-look layup, spinning the ball off the glass while being fouled. He followed that with a dunk to cap the run.

The Warriors' spurt was needed after Durant led the charge to erase what had been deficit of as many as nine points in the second quarter.

The Warriors took a 35-26 lead before Durant responded with back-to-back 3-pointers. He also dunked on an alley-oop, scoring eight of the Thunder's 10 in that stretch.

Dion Waiters hit a 3-pointer to give the Thunder their first lead of the game, 47-46 with 1:59 left before halftime.

The Warriors had come out of the gates firing, with Klay Thompson and Green hitting back-to-back 3-pointers.

Curry scored 11 first-half points and also leaped into the row of courtside seats going after a loose ball, tumbling over it. He got up on his own power, was briefly examined by trainer Drew Yoder and remained in the game.

Knicks close to hire

NEW YORK — The Knicks are working on a deal to hire Jeff Hornacek as coach, the Associated Press reported.

Knicks president of basketball operations Phil Jackson has had discussions with the former Suns coach, but they have not begun contract negotiations, according to AP.

The Knicks finished the season with Kurt Rambis as interim coach after Jackson fired Derek Fisher in February.

Hornacek went 101-112 in 21/2 seasons in Phoenix before he was fired Feb. 1.

NO CONSPIRACY: Former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo rejected the idea of a draft lottery conspiracy. Mutombo congratulated the 76ers on winning the No. 1 pick with a tweet Tuesday that came about four hours before the lottery. But he said it was a "mistake that happened," and he had no knowledge that the 76ers would win.

Vintage Curry run pulls Warriors even 05/18/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 11:48pm]
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