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Assists flow as Big 3 goes for 75 in easy win over the Magic

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Kevin Durant, seen here on November 13th. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
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The triumvirate of Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry combined for 75 points as the Golden State Warriors bulldozed the Orlando Magic, 133-112, on Friday night.

In the comfortable victory, which gives the Warriors two in as many contests on the six-game trip, the NBA’s most prolific offense doled out 46 assists. The total, good for second on the franchise leader board, was one off the high of 47.

“46 assists is insane,” head coach Steve Kerr marveled to reporters. “We lead the league in assist-to-turnover ratio and we’re 28th in turnovers. So, that’s probably never happened before in the history of the league.”

“If we can just play with that kind of energy with a little better judgement and a little better defense, then we’re on to something,” Kerr added. “But this was a good step in the right direction.”

While the Big 3 shooters handled the scoring, Draymond Green once again flooded the box score, scoring 12 points, totaling 10 assists, three steals and a block.

Durant earned a one-technical ejection at the 4:52 mark in the fourth after he appeared to shout an obscenity at a referee.

“Refs run the game, so if they not feeling good, they can make any decision they want,” Durant said. “So, I’ve got to know that they’ve got all the power. I’ve just got to shut up and take it.”

The Finals MVP capped his night with 25 points, seven assists, four blocks and two rebounds.

Even after the Magic began the third on an 11-4 burst, the Warriors still maintained a 102-91 advantage heading into the final quarter.

The Warriors had coasted into the break commanding a 78-63 advantage. The 78-point barrage marked the club’s best output in a single half this season.

Golden State also delivered eight first-half blocks — on the way to closing the night with 10. Durant had a team-best four blocks, while Jordan Bell, who scored 16 points in as many minutes, tallied three.

“Well, if I don’t put him out there in Miami [on Sunday], [president of basketball operations and general manager] Bob [Myers] might fire me,” Kerr deadpanned. “He was great tonight.”

While the defensive rejections were flowing, the 3-pointers were falling, as the guests shot 9-for-14 from distance in the opening 24 minutes and 12-for-24 overall.

41-point 1st

The Dubs dropped 41 points on the Magic in the first quarter, a season best for the opening period. Curry went for 13 and Durant scored 12 as the pair of MVPs combined to shoot 10-for-15 from the field.

The Warriors now have seven 40-point quarters in 2017 after knocking down 75 percent of their field goals (18-for-24) in the first.

46 dimes

The 46-assist night marked just the 13th time in franchise history that the Warriors have cleared the 40-dime plateau.

Moving on up

With the first of his three opening-quarter triples, Curry moved past Jason Kidd into eighth place (1,989) on the NBA’s all-time 3-point list

Andre gets a rest

Kerr said the decision to hold out Andre Iguodala was in no way related to the health of the rest of the Warriors on the crowded injury report.

“I was presented with the facts today and it was a decision I made,” Kerr said. “I’m not going to deal with hypotheticals.”

Curry (right hand contusion), Durant (sprained left ankle), Thompson (sprained right ankle) and David West (left lateral knee soreness) had all originally been listed as questionable.

kbuscheck@sfexaminer.com

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