OAKLAND — Kevin Durant had 31 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to help the Oklahoma City Thunder regain the Western Conference's best record with a 116-97 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.Kevin Martin scored 23 points off the bench and Russell Westbrook added 18 points and nine assists for the Thunder, who moved a half-game ahead of idle San Antonio for the top seed. The Spurs split the season series with Oklahoma City, but the Thunder (58-21) own the tiebreaker because of its better conference record. Read More
Mark Jackson delivered on his promise, albeit a year behind schedule. No one is complaining.
As the 2011-12 season winded down, the Warriors’ playoff drought seemed destined to continue in perpetuity and Jackson looked like a blustering blowhard, headed for a quick exit from his first coaching gig.
Lofty ambitions seemed incapable of solving the primary problem: The team lacked a megastar, a marquee name, a nucleus to build a playoff team around. Read More
OAKLAND — Chants of "Playoffs! Playoffs! Playoffs!" rang out from fans. Confetti flew around the lower bowl of the arena.
Finally, the public address announcer told the crowd what they had longed to hear: "The Golden State Warriors are heading to the 2013 NBA playoffs!"
Klay Thompson scored 25 of his 30 points in the first half, Stephen Curry added 24 points and 10 assists and the Warriors clinched their first playoff berth since 2007 by routing the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-89 on Tuesday night. Read More
OAKLAND — At the end of the Golden State Warriors' practice Monday, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson lined up at opposite baskets and engaged in a shooting contest.
The game was simple: first person to make seven shots from each of the five spots beyond the 3-point line wins. Or, first person to miss two shots in a row loses. Both had two teammates — one to rebound, and another to make a clean pass.
Each won once. No tiebreaker needed. Read More
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Mo Williams scored 25 points, Al Jefferson added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz regained the Western Conference's final playoff position by holding off the Golden State Warriors 97-90 on Sunday night.Williams made a 3-pointer with 13.4 seconds remaining to put Utah ahead by six and spoil Golden State's shot to clinch a playoff berth in front of a sellout crowd of 19,596. The Jazz moved a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth seed. Read More
OAKLAND — Down 11 points early in the second quarter, Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson seemed more than satisfied with the way his team responded.
David Lee finished with 23 points and 16 rebounds, Stephen Curry added 20 points and nine assists and the Warriors shook off a slow start to ease past the New Orleans Hornets 98-88 on Wednesday night. Read More
NEWARK — From a mental standpoint, it would’ve been easy for Warriors center Andrew Bogut to wave the white flag earlier this season.
After all, the 7-foot, 260-pounder played only 12 of the team’s first 54 games because of left ankle surgery, and he missed an additional six games at the end of February due to back spasms. For a while, it seemed like Bogut would never be healthy enough to play significant minutes and help the Warriors (42-32) in their playoff push. However, Bogut has clearly proven to be a different player in the last month as his health has improved. Read More
The Warriors are playing some of their best basketball of the season at the right time. They will be trying to put some more space between themselves and the rest of the pack at the bottom of the Western Conference playoff bracket when they host the Sacramento Kings today. The Warriors have won six of their last eight and have Stephen Curry, who is averaging 28.6 points and shooting over 50 percent from 3-point range in the last five games, playing at an MVP level. Read More
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry had 25 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds on a sprained right ankle, and the Golden State Warriors held off the Los Angeles Lakers 109-103 on Monday night.David Lee added 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Klay Thompson scored 22 points to propel the Warriors to a 25-point lead early in the third quarter in a matchup with huge playoff implications. Golden State (41-31) improved to a game ahead of idle Houston (39-31) and 4½ games in front of the Lakers (36-35) for sixth place in the Western Conference. Read More
For a moment, the pessimists’ worst nightmare appeared to be coming to life.
Stephen Curry slapped the court at Oracle Arena on Saturday after rolling his twice-surgically-repaired right ankle, and the gesture seemed like a perfect illustration of the frustration Warriors fans were experiencing across the Bay Area.