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SportAfter chaotic week, Durant leads Warriors to win over Heat

06:35  11 february  2019
06:35  11 february  2019 Source:   sfchronicle.com

Warriors GM confident Durant wants to stay despite free agency rumors

Warriors GM confident Durant wants to stay despite free agency rumors Amid the Golden State Warriors' surge back atop the Western Conference and the successful return of DeMarcus Cousins, questions regarding Kevin Durant's free agency still linger around the team. However, Warriors general manager Bob Myers is confident that Durant will remain in the Bay Area beyond this season. "I feel like all of our players are happy and want to stay with us and continue with us," Warriors general manager Bob Myers said when asked about Durant's future with the team, according to The Mercury News' Mark Medina. "That's how I feel. But again, I've only worked in the NBA as an agent and in this capacity.

After an inconsistent regular season, the Golden State Warriors started 5-1 in these N.B.A. playoffs, erasing any doubts about their worthiness as a legitimate The Warriors are hoping their patience in Curry’s recovery this time will lead to different results. Subscribe now for a week . Ends tomorrow.

Kevin Durant doesn't look phased as he juggles his new Warriors reality and the upcoming 2016 “Establishing yourself and winning goes hand in hand, especially for a player like me who comes in But Durant ’s return to Oklahoma City was long viewed as more likely than not. After all, he was the

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By any measure, Klay Thompson is an enviable No. 2 option. He owns a textbook jumper, finds his looks in the flow of the offense, thrives in clutch moments and cares little about the spotlight.

Part of what makes the Warriors so tricky to defend is that a player seemingly overqualified to be a No. 2 scorer is their No. 3 option. In Golden State’s 120-118 victory Sunday night over the Heat at Oracle Arena, Thompson showed why he’s such an ideal complement, hitting big shot after big shot down the stretch to help his team secure its 15th win in the past 16 games.

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Golden State Warriors ' Kevin Durant (35) reacts after scoring a basket against the Dallas Mavericks in the second half of an NBA game against the Dallas Mavericks at Oracle Durant also attended to the Warriors ’ needs, adopting a heavy workload in scoring, rebounding and passing seemingly on demand.

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots between Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, forward Carmelo Now, with the postseason only a week away, the Warriors are beginning to hush their naysayers. Golden State followed up convincing wins over Sacramento

BOX SCORE: WARRIORS 120, HEAT 118

Thompson was content to let Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant shoulder the offensive load through three quarters. But when Miami was within striking distance late, Thompson was at his catch-and-shoot best, pouring in 14 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter.

Thompson drained a three-pointer with 5:34 left to put Golden State up 107-99, only for the Heat to unleash an 8-0 spurt and knot the game. Durant, who hasn’t allowed recent speculation about his pending free agency this summer to derail his performance, drove through the key to give the Warriors back the lead.

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In a 77-second span, Durant hit two free throws, a 19-foot jumper and a 10-footer to keep his team on top. But there Miami was, getting two key foul shots from Justise Winslow and a layup from Dwyane Wade — making his final career appearance at Oracle Arena — to go up 116-115 with 54.8 seconds left.

Durant's excuse for getting mad at media is beyond ironic

Durant's excuse for getting mad at media is beyond ironic Kevin Durant went on a media tour to explain his bashing of the media. After not speaking to the media for nine days, the Warriors star blew up on the media for speculating on his upcoming free agency plans -- which could include the Knicks -- during a press conference last week after the Warriors demolished the Spurs. On Monday morning, Durant appeared on an episode of ESPN's "Get Up" to explain why he wants to only talk basketball with the media, not business. Mind you, the business side of basketball is just as important as the game these days.

Kevin Wayne Durant (born September 29, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

In leading the Warriors to a 101-87 win over the Hornets, Durant scored a season-high 35 points to go with 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his ninth career Center Zaza Pachulia did not return after heading to the locker room with nagging shoulder pain less than five minutes in, leaving the Warriors

After Heat forward Josh Richardson’s dunk gave his team a three-point cushion, Durant drilled a step-back 3-pointer to tie the game at 118-118. Cousins, a non-factor much of the night, then hit two free throws with 5.4 seconds left.

Eleven of Golden State’s final 13 points came from Durant, who finished with 39 points. His 15-for-17 showing inside the arc help him overcome a 1-for-7 dud from three-point range.

Thanks to Thompson and Durant coming up big when it mattered most, the Warriors exorcized the memory of their sluggish start. After taking Saturday off, they had no shoot-around Sunday morning ahead of a 5:30 p.m. tip-off. Golden State appeared lethargic as it dug an early 26-7 hole.

The good news for the Warriors: They’re as well-equipped as any team in NBA history to come back from a 19-point deficit. Such is the luxury of having three of the best shooters to ever play. Though Thompson and Durant took over late, Curry still managed 25 points and five made 3-pointers.

Erik Spoelstra calls out referees after loss to Warriors

Erik Spoelstra calls out referees after loss to Warriors Erik Spoelstra called out the officiating after his Miami Heat lost a tight one against the Golden State Warriors 120-118 on Sunday night. Spoelstra, who rarely talks about the referees, began talking about the free throw disparity and blown calls by the officials when meeting with the media. "The officials, so let's be clear about it, so I do not get fined, that's not why we lost. But you hate to see 26 to 8 when our guys are going aggressively." https://t.co/WkdvRKEWBz — Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) February 11, 2019 One of the plays Spoelstra cited was this double dribble by Kevin Durant with the game tied at 118 and under 10 seconds left.

After losing in double overtime in Boston, the Celtics beat the Warriors on April 1 to hand them their first home loss of the season. But this one was over during a third quarter in which Golden State outscored the home team 31-9. Boston shot 2 for 17 in the period and turned the ball over five times.

Durant wanted to win , but he also wanted to compete and actually beat his biggest foes as THE guy on his team, much like LeBron just did in Cleveland. This decision proves that he either changed his mind on that in the weakest way possible or wasn’t being truthful all along with that tweet.

Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: [email protected]. Twitter: @Con_Chron

Kevin Durant finally addresses his silence, as loudly as he can.
This season, the Warriors have morphed from robotic destructor of the NBA into Team Soap Opera. And the drama boiled over, hot and scalding on Wednesday night. The latest mini-drama had revolved around Kevin Durant and his recent uncharacteristic silence. The Silence of Durant finally ended after nine days, following the Warriors’ 141-109 demolition of the San Antonio Spurs. Durant lashed out at the media. “Why do you care?” he asked a reporter who queried why he hadn’t been talking. “I didn’t feel like talking the last couple of days.” Then he got to the apparent heart of the matter: his anger at a particular reporter with The Athletic.

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