NBA

Curry hails Warriors teamwork in the absence of Durant

By Sports Desk March 14, 2019

Stephen Curry praised his Golden State Warriors team-mates for standing up in the absence of Kevin Durant in their 106-104 victory over the Houston Rockets.

The Warriors were without the 10-time NBA All-Star for the trip to the Toyota Center but the likes of Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins came to the fore in his absence.

Curry was also on form as the Warriors ended the Rockets' nine-game winning streak, the 31-year-old contributing 24 points, five assists and four rebounds.

But it was the team performance that particularly pleased Curry, given they were without the scoring ability of Durant.

"Understanding you are missing 28 points is tough," he said.

"But you got to do it by committee so myself, Klay and DeMarcus were being aggressive when we had the ball in our hands.

"Again, make or miss, we just tried to put pressure on them. Defensively was going to be the way we won this game.

"We weren't going to out score them, we had to buckle down and get stops and just try and control the tempo of the game as much as we could."

Related items

  • Not in a million years! - Hornets' Lamb in disbelief over game-winner Not in a million years! - Hornets' Lamb in disbelief over game-winner

    Jeremy Lamb "never in a million years" thought his incredible shot from beyond half-court at the buzzer would prove to be a game-winner for the Charlotte Hornets against the Toronto Raptors

    The swingman lost possession after taking an inbounds pass with 3.1 seconds remaining, but chased the ball down into the backcourt, turned and fired a hopeful effort that somehow dropped in to earn the Hornets a 115-114 victory.

    Those inside the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto reacted in disbelief and Lamb was equally astounded.

    "When I first shot it, it felt good, but in my head I was thinking, 'It's too good to be true if it goes in'," he told reporters.

    "I never in a million years thought it would go in. I thought it would get close but to see it go in, it was unreal."

    Lamb admitted it had been some time since he last nailed a buzzer-beater from such a distance.

    "In my driveway growing up, counting down by myself," he said of the last time.

    "Throwing it up, missing five times, I got the rebound and they put more time on the clock! That's the last time I did that.

    "It feels great. We fought so hard the whole game. Everybody who came in contributed and played well. They made a big run late. It just feels good to get that win and cap it off like that."

    Three-time All Star Kemba Walker felt deities must have favoured Charlotte in the contest.

    "I know he threw up a prayer," Walker said.

    "I guess the basketball gods were on our side tonight! That was an unbelievable shot."

    The victory was crucial for Charlotte's playoff aspirations, with the Hornets now having won three straight to move two games behind the eighth-placed Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference standings. 

    "It's a big win," Walker added.

    "That's an unbelievable team over there. They're going to be a force to be reckoned with in the playoffs. That was impressive."

  • McGee explains Lakers' mentality after playoff elimination McGee explains Lakers' mentality after playoff elimination

    JaVale McGee wants the Los Angeles Lakers to continue competing.

    Los Angeles were officially eliminated from playoff contention with a 111-106 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.

    McGee, however, does not believe that should change the team's mindset, and they posted a 111-106 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.

    "It's extremely unfortunate that we're not making the playoffs, something I really wanted to do," McGee said, via the Los Angeles Times. "But, some of the times it happens."

    McGee said the Lakers will continue to focus on getting wins and playing hard.

    "That's what our mentality is. There is no slacking," McGee said. "As a team that's not making the playoffs, I'm planning on playing teams that are supposed to make the playoffs and knocking them out too. Might as well."

    Lakers coach Luke Walton said his message to the team will not change over the final few weeks of the season.

    "It's still about players getting better," Walton said. "It's still about going out there and respecting the game and giving everything we have to try to win. We owe that, like I said, to ourselves, our team-mates, our organisation, to the fans.

    "So, it will be a lot of that and I fully expect our guys to continue to give that."

    The Lakers began the season with a 20-14 record before star LeBron James suffered a strained groin on December 25. He missed the next 17 games and the team never recovered.

    Los Angeles also dealt with injuries to key role players throughout 2018-19, which McGee described as "astonishing".

    "I don't think I've seen anything like this in my life," McGee said. "It was just so many injuries … It was just a lot of things happening this season that it was just like somebody put a juju on us."

    McGee is averaging 11.4 points and seven rebounds during his first season with Los Angeles. He will be a free agent this offseason.

  • Aldridge powers Spurs over Celtics to continue hot streak Aldridge powers Spurs over Celtics to continue hot streak

    San Antonio Spurs star LaMarcus Aldridge exploded against the Boston Celtics in the NBA on Sunday.

    The Spurs big man totalled 48 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in San Antonio's 115-96 win. He showcased his signature mid-range game along the way.

    San Antonio have now won 10 of their last 12 games. The Spurs are eighth in the Western Conference, but are just a half game behind the Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz and only one game behind the fifth-placed Los Angeles Clippers so they have a great chance to move up the standings.

    Boston, who have lost four straight games, are fifth in the Eastern Conference.

    The Celtics had a cold outing offensively, as Marcus Smart led the team with 14 points.

    Brilliant Bogdanovic

    Bojan Bogdanovic scored a game-high 35 points in the Indiana Pacers' 124-88 win over the Denver Nuggets.

    Lou Williams tallied 29 points and seven assists to help the Clippers top the New York Knicks 124-113.

    James Harden's 28 points led the Houston Rockets to a 113-90 victory against the New Orleans Pelicans.

     

    Misery for Monk

    Malik Monk scored three points on one-of-five shooting in the Charlotte Hornets' 115-114 win over the Raptors in Toronto. 

     

    Ludicrous Lamb

    Jeremy Lamb knocked down a ridiculous half-court buzzer-beater to seal the deal for Charlotte.

    Giannis Antetokounmpo eluded Larry Nance Jr. with a spin move and finished with authority in the Milwaukee Bucks' 127-105 thrashing of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    Sunday's results

    Los Angeles Clippers 124-113 New York Knicks
    Milwaukee Bucks 127-105 Cleveland Cavaliers
    Indiana Pacers 124-88 Denver Nuggets
    Charlotte Hornets 115-114 Toronto Raptors
    Houston Rockets 113-90 New Orleans Pelicans
    San Antonio Spurs 115-96 Boston Celtics
    Golden State Warriors 121-114 Detroit Pistons
    Los Angeles Lakers 111-106 Sacramento Kings

     

    Nets at Trail Blazers

    This matchup features two All-Star point guards in D'Angelo Russell and Damian Lillard. Brooklyn and Portland are both in the playoff picture. Each team have dangerous backcourts that can fill it up in a hurry.

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.