Curry scores 37, Durant Season-Low 19 As Warriors Rout Nets – CBS New York

NEW YORK (AP) – Stephen Curry left the court for a final chorus of “MVP! MVP!” chants, a sound which even he thought was strange.

After all, it’s Kevin Durant’s home ground.

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However, it was Curry’s night.

Curry had 37 points and easily won a matchup of the NBA’s two best scorers as Durant had his worst night of the season and the Golden State Warriors beat the Brooklyn Nets 117-99 on Tuesday.

A matchup with his former teammate caused Curry to rise, as did the chance to come back after a loss in Charlotte on Sunday.

“So it’s not the playoffs, but there’s an intensity that you have to show up to beat a team like that,” Curry said. “You thrive on that competitive mood, knowing that there is a lot of talent on the floor.”

Durant came leading in the league with 29.6 points per. match, but he only reached 19, the first time in the entire season he did not hit 20. He shot 0 for 8 in the crucial third quarter and finished 6 for 19 after lying on the fourth.

“They have long defenders, guys who can help, so seeing bodies all the time when I had the ball, that’s what good defense does. And then some shots I wish I could have gotten back,” Durant said. “I hurried a few pieces when we came down 15, 20. I’re trying to get it back so fast you end up taking bad shots and rushing shots.”

Curry almost caught up with his former teammate for the NBA scoring lead, making nine 3-pointers and raising his average to 28.7 per game. match. Durant dropped to 28.9.

Much of his fighting was due to the defense of Draymond Green, the former defender of the year.

“I wanted that challenge,” Green said, saying he was “pretty decent” with it.

He was much better than that.

“You can not do a better piece of defensive work than what Draymond did tonight,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

Curry was 12 for 19 overall, with fans cheering loudly over his long shot and giving him “MVP! MVP!” chants, while Durant and the home team failed.

Andrew Wiggins added 19 points to the Warriors, who improved their NBA record to 12-2.

James Harden scored 24 points for the Nets, who came home from a 5-1 road trip and fell head over heels in the nationwide TV match. Durant won both meetings last season against the Warriors, his first game for Brooklyn after leaving Golden State.

But this is a much-improved Warriors team this season and showed it off during a dominant third quarter as they scored the Nets 35-18 after a close first half.

Wiggins had the first two baskets in the third and Curry the next two, pushing a five-point lead to 71-58. Both had to go on the bench during the period with their fourth foul, but the Warriors did some of their best work without them.

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Golden State had an 18-5 run and held Brooklyn to just one field goal in more than six minutes. Andre Iguodala hit the buzzer with a 3-pointer to end the quarter, making it 98-76.

Curry then made back-to-back shots from 30 feet early in the fourth to put it away.

Golden State shot 13 of 18 (72%) in the third, while the Nets were 5 for 22.

The game was played at a high level in the beginning in front of a decidedly split audience that got louder for each brand as Curry hit his first four 3-pointers. The Nets made their first six shots of the match, leading 34-31 after one in which both Durant and Curry had 12 points.

Wiggins made 3-pointers for the last two baskets of the half, one by the buzzer giving Golden State a 63-58 lead.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Curry’s first basket in the game was his 2,900. 3-pointer. He is approaching Ray Allen’s NBA record of 2,973. … Green had 11 points, eight assists and six rebounds.

Net: Patty Mills started her first season start in place of Joe Harris, who has a sprained left ankle. Coach Steve Nash said Harris would likely miss a few games before his ankle was re-examined. Brooklyn had used the same starting lineup in the previous 11 games. … Bruce Brown scored 14 points.

THOMPSON’S PROGRESS

Kerr said Klay Thompson played 5-on-5 back in San Francisco on Monday and was expected to do so again on Wednesday. The star guard has not played since the 2019 NBA Finals due to a knee and then an Achilles tendon injury.

STILL THE SAME

Kerr was asked if Durant was a better player now than during his three seasons with the Warriors, as he was twice the NBA Finals MVP before blasting his Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the 2019 Finals.

“He was pretty good back then, so he doesn’t look any different to me, and that’s after an Achilles injury that kept him out for a year and a half,” Kerr said. “So that says something. But I do not think one can see that he had an injury given his abilities, his speed, his explosion.”

NEXT

Warriors: Visit Cleveland on Thursday.

Net: Host Cleveland on Wednesday.

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