Sports Kerr: Green 'crossed the line' in Warriors' loss to Hornets
Doncic tops Curry in duel as Mavericks beat Warriors 134-132
DALLAS — Luka Doncic couldn't top Stephen Curry's shoulder shimmy, or the second-best scoring night of the Golden State star's career. The Dallas sensation led his Mavericks to victory, though, and helped them stop a six-game home losing streak. Doncic tied his career high with 42 points in a scoring duel with Curry, leading the Mavericks to an entertaining 134-132 win over the Warriors on Saturday. The prime-time matchup on national TV lived up to the billing, with Curry hitting a season-high 11 3-pointers on the way to 57 points. The two-time MVP put on another show about a month after scoring 62 in a win over Portland.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Draymond Green lost his cool and the Golden State Warriors lost another game.
After Green picked up two technical fouls and was ejected with 9.3 seconds left for arguing the outcome of a jump ball, Terry Rozier hit an off-balance jumper from the left corner as time expired to give the Charlotte Hornets a 102-100 victory Saturday night
Rozier finished with 36 points, his fourth straight 30-point game.
The Warriors were leading by two when officials ruled Hornets coach James Borrego had called a timeout as Gordon Hayward came down with the jump ball. Green immediately began jumping around the court, screaming at players and officials arguing that the Warriors had tied up Hayward as he was falling to the floor and it should have resulted in another jump ball.
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Rozier sank two free throws for the technical fouls to tie it, then hit the winner.
“He crossed the line, that's the main thing,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said about Green, who has a history of in-game outbursts. “We love his passion and his energy and we would not be the team we are without him. But that doesn't give him license to cross the line — and he knows that.”
Head official Marc Davis said after the game Green's first technical foul was assessed for directing profanity at an opposing player and taunting, and the second technical was for directing profanity at a game official.
Green did not participate in the Warriors' videoconference call after the game.
Kerr said Green was apologetic after the game, but he will speak to him in private more about the incident.
Murray, White power Spurs over short-handed Hornets 122-110
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — San Antonio star DeMar DeRozan was the defensive focus for the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night. That left DeRozan's teammates to step up and handle the scoring load. Dejounte Murray had 26 points and 12 rebounds, leading the Spurs to a 122-110 victory over the short-handed Hornets. Derrick White scored 12 of his season-high 25 points in the fourth quarter, helping San Antonio to its fifth win in six games. The Spurs also improved to 5-0 this season against Eastern Conference teams. “They had a lot of attention on him from jump — making it crowded for him,” White said of DeRozan. “But he’s a great passer and we used their aggressiveness against them.
Teammates were quick to rally to Green's defence.
“He said it was his fault and he took ownership as a leader," forward Eric Paschall said. “We are still rocking with Draymond. Great dude. Great competitor.”
The incident overshadowed another huge night for Rozier, who had 20 points in the fourth quarter. Rozier is averaging 37.5 points over the last four games for the Hornets.
“I just hit one or two shots before that in that corner, so I felt real confident when I lost the ball, I grabbed it and let it go,” Rozier said of the winning shot. "I saw it going through all the way.”
Borrego said Rozier has brought a “winning spirit” to the Hornets.
“Never give in, never die. That’s as simple as I can put it,” Borrego said. “He’s been fantastic. His will throughout games and fourth quarters just to keep us alive and to actually throw in daggers to help us win games is tremendous on his part. But he’s been fantastic. He gives us a tremendous amount of confidence and tonight, he just willed us to another victory.”
Curry and his supporting cast rally Warriors past Heat in OT
SAN FRANCISCO — Stephen Curry's supporting cast knew he would finally break out — and he had no doubt either. “Utmost confidence it will fall eventually,” Curry said. “I just was missing, so not losing confidence is huge.” Curry hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:15 left in overtime, passed to Andrew Wiggins for another the next time down before delivering a final dagger from deep, rallying the Golden State Warriors to a 120-112 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. “Everything was in rhythm for Steph. Percentages always catch up for him,” Kent Bazemore said. “We just stayed with it, which is good on him, just staying with it and keep letting it fly.
P.J. Washington finished with 15 points to help the Hornets overcame a season-high 25 turnovers to beat the Warriors without Stephen Curry.
Kelly Oubre Jr. led the Warriors with 25 points.
For the Warriors, it was their second tough loss in two nights after falling the Orlando Magic 124-120.
“This is a tough loss," Kerr said. “They don’t really get any tougher than this one. ... But you've got to get ready for the next game.”
Curry went through warmups but was a late scratch after he became ill. The team said the illness is not COVID-19 related and that Curry was “just not feeling well.”
Curry had not been listed on the team’s injury report and was even introduced before the game, although he had returned to the locker room at that point. Even Dell Curry, Steph’s father, seemed surprised. The elder Curry, a broadcaster for the Hornets, said on air “Want me to send a text to his phone?”
Warriors: Mychal Mulder started in Curry’s place but had just two points in 16 minutes.
Hornets: Devonte Graham missed his fourth straight game with a left groin strain. ... Rookie LaMelo Ball had a disappointing first half with no points, two assists and three fouls.
Warriors: At New York on Tuesday night.
Hornets: Open six-game West Coast trip at Utah on Tuesday night.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rookie LaMelo Ball has seized the attention of the NBA this season with his highlight reel passes and a surprising ability to score the basketball, including Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan. The six-time NBA champion said when the Hornets selected Ball with the No. 3 overall pick they hoped the crafty 6-foot-6 point guard would eventually rise to the level of becoming an All-Star. Jordan likes the way Ball is trending. “I think Melo has adjusted to the NBA game better than any of us ever thought this early in his career," Jordan told The Associated Press in an email. “He has exceeded our expectations so far this season.