Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Sports

Warriors shed perfect burden

MILWAUKEE — Every victory raised the stakes for the Warriors.

Now that their record winning streak is over, the defending NBA champions can return to a bit of normalcy.

"I just told the guys that now we can have a regular season," forward Draymond Green said in recounting his locker room talk to teammates after Saturday night's loss to the Bucks.

Golden State's NBA-record start ended after 24 games with the 108-95 loss to Milwaukee. The Warriors had a 28-game regular-season winning streak dating to last spring, five short of the 1971-72 Lakers' record.

Attention on the Warriors and their likable cast of characters, led by MVP Stephen Curry, grew as the victories piled up. On the road, fans and media filled arenas wondering if this was the night they would witness the end of the run.

That arrived on the final stop of a seven-game road trip, less than 24 hours after Golden State needed two overtimes to beat the Celtics in Boston.

"Nobody wanted to see it come to an end," said Curry, who entered averaging more than 32 points but finished with 28 on 10-of-21 shooting, including 2-of-8 from 3-point range. "Thirty-three wins was within our grasp."

Curry's performance didn't lessen Bucks coach Jason Kidd's admiration.

"He's this generation's (Michael) Jordan," said Kidd, who played against MJ. "We all wanted to be like Mike, and children today will grow up seeing Steph."

"We looked like we ran out of gas a little bit," Warriors interim coach Luke Walton said.

His team, which averages 13 3-pointers a game, was 6-of-26 from behind the arc.

Most Warriors said they didn't feel any added pressure during the run. But it did seem as though Golden State was playing in the NBA Finals every time it hit the floor.

"It has been kind of a playoff feel just with the streak and all the media and attention around," Green said. "I think probably the last seven or eight games we stopped getting better and just tried to win the game."

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Dwyane Wade's jumper with 21.9 seconds left gave the host Heat its first and only lead of the second half, and Miami rallied from 16 down to beat the Grizzlies 100-97 and end a three-game slide. … Kevin Durant scored 31, all but two after halftime, and the host Thunder rallied from a 16-point deficit to beat the Jazz 104-98 in overtime. … Brandon Knight rebounded from a one-point outing to hit seven 3-pointers and score 25, and the host Suns beat the Timberwolves 108-101.

Heat 100, Grizzlies 97

MEMPHIS (97): Barnes 5-9 0-0 13, Je.Green 10-20 4-4 26, Gasol 5-10 2-4 12, Conley 4-11 0-0 9, Lee 4-8 0-0 9, Chalmers 4-7 4-5 12, Randolph 6-9 0-1 12, Ja.Green 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 40-77 10-14 97.

MIAMI (100): Deng 6-10 2-2 15, Bosh 7-10 6-6 22, Whiteside 4-5 1-3 9, Dragic 3-14 2-3 8, Wade 7-16 0-0 14, Winslow 2-6 2-2 8, G.Green 5-9 4-5 16, Haslem 1-1 0-0 2, Udrih 2-6 2-2 6. Totals 37-77 19-23 100.

Memphis 27 29 22 19— 97

Miami 21 27 23 29— 100

3-Point GoalsMemphis 7-19 (Barnes 3-7, Je.Green 2-6, Lee 1-2, Conley 1-3, Chalmers 0-1), Miami 7-22 (Bosh 2-3, Winslow 2-5, G.Green 2-5, Deng 1-3, Udrih 0-1, Dragic 0-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMemphis 43 (Barnes 13), Miami 42 (Whiteside 11). AssistsMemphis 23 (Conley, Barnes, Gasol, Randolph 4), Miami 18 (Dragic 8). Total FoulsMemphis 21, Miami 15. A19,813 (19,600).

Thunder 104, Jazz 98

UTAH (98): Hayward 8-18 5-7 22, Lyles 0-2 0-0 0, Favors 7-17 0-0 14, Burks 8-22 3-6 21, Hood 8-17 3-4 23, Burke 4-5 1-1 10, Booker 2-3 0-2 4, Millsap 1-6 0-0 2, Withey 1-1 0-0 2, Ingles 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 39-94 12-20 98.

OKLAHOMA CITY (104): Durant 10-17 9-10 31, Ibaka 2-5 2-2 7, Adams 3-6 3-3 9, Westbrook 9-25 7-9 25, Roberson 1-3 0-0 2, Waiters 5-12 0-0 13, Collison 0-2 2-2 2, Augustin 0-0 0-0 0, Kanter 4-6 2-2 10, Morrow 1-3 2-2 5. Totals 35-79 27-30 104.

Utah 21 30 25 20 2— 98

Oklahoma City 16 22 33 25 8— 104

3-Point GoalsUtah 8-22 (Hood 4-9, Burks 2-3, Burke 1-1, Hayward 1-3, Ingles 0-3, Millsap 0-3), Oklahoma City 7-21 (Waiters 3-6, Durant 2-6, Morrow 1-2, Ibaka 1-2, Roberson 0-1, Westbrook 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsUtah 63 (Favors 10), Oklahoma City 47 (Westbrook 11). AssistsUtah 14 (Millsap 4), Oklahoma City 18 (Durant 6). Total FoulsUtah 24, Oklahoma City 18. TechnicalsWestbrook. Flagrant Fouls—Collison. A18,203 (18,203).

Suns 108, Timberwolves 101

MINNESOTA (101): Wiggins 4-8 5-7 13, Garnett 0-2 2-2 2, Towns 4-8 0-0 8, Rubio 0-4 1-2 1, Martin 5-12 7-9 19, Dieng 4-7 2-3 10, Bjelica 0-5 0-0 0, LaVine 10-19 5-5 28, Muhammad 2-2 5-6 9, Prince 0-0 0-0 0, Rudez 4-6 0-0 11, Payne 0-0 0-0 0, Miller 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-73 27-34 101.

PHOENIX (108): Tucker 1-6 0-0 3, Leuer 6-9 0-0 12, Len 5-10 8-8 18, Bledsoe 7-13 8-10 23, Knight 9-19 0-0 25, Teletovic 4-7 0-1 8, Warren 3-10 1-2 7, Chandler 1-3 1-1 3, Booker 1-5 2-2 4, Price 2-5 0-0 5. Totals 39-87 20-24 108.

Minnesota 27 22 17 35— 101

Phoenix 25 30 30 23— 108

3-Point GoalsMinnesota 8-19 (LaVine 3-4, Rudez 3-5, Martin 2-5, Rubio 0-1, Wiggins 0-1, Bjelica 0-3), Phoenix 10-30 (Knight 7-14, Tucker 1-2, Bledsoe 1-3, Price 1-4, Booker 0-1, Len 0-1, Warren 0-1, Leuer 0-2, Teletovic 0-2). Rebounds—Minnesota 53 (Bjelica, Towns 6), Phoenix 46 (Len, Tucker 7). AssistsMinnesota 22 (Rubio 7), Phoenix 28 (Bledsoe 9). Total FoulsMinnesota 26, Phoenix 26. A16,919 (18,055).

Raptors 96, 76ers 76

PHILADELPHIA (76): Covington 5-14 0-0 15, Noel 1-3 0-2 2, Okafor 10-25 3-3 23, Canaan 3-9 1-1 10, McConnell 1-5 0-0 2, Marshall 1-3 0-0 2, Grant 2-9 5-6 9, Stauskas 3-8 1-2 9, Thompson 1-4 0-0 2, Holmes 1-2 0-0 2, Sampson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 28-84 10-14 76.

TORONTO (96): Ross 0-6 0-0 0, Scola 10-14 0-0 22, Biyombo 2-3 2-4 6, Lowry 5-15 3-4 16, DeRozan 6-14 13-14 25, Joseph 2-11 4-6 8, Patterson 1-3 0-0 2, Nogueira 1-4 1-2 3, Johnson 3-6 2-4 9, Powell 1-1 0-0 2, Bennett 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 32-78 25-34 96.

Philadelphia 24 20 14 18— 76

Toronto 32 20 17 27— 96

3-Point GoalsPhiladelphia 10-28 (Covington 5-12, Canaan 3-8, Stauskas 2-5, Thompson 0-1, McConnell 0-1, Marshall 0-1), Toronto 7-22 (Lowry 3-8, Scola 2-4, Bennett 1-1, Johnson 1-2, DeRozan 0-1, Joseph 0-2, Ross 0-2, Patterson 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhiladelphia 61 (Okafor 14), Toronto 54 (Biyombo 9). AssistsPhiladelphia 18 (Marshall 5), Toronto 14 (Joseph 4). Total FoulsPhiladelphia 20, Toronto 15. TechnicalsPhiladelphia defensive three second 2, Lowry. A19,800 (19,800).

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