Durant leads short-handed Warriors past Portland

first_imgAs he expected to do this winter, Matt Barnes announced his retirement on Monday.Barnes, who received his Warriors championship ring Nov. 27 at Oracle when Golden State hosted his former Kings and hometown team, posted his news on Instagram with a selfie.“Had a cool 15yr run!! Traveled the world met alota cool people, some will be brothers for the rest of my life!” he wrote, later adding, “Love me or HATE ME, I DID IT MY WAY!!”TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Lillard notched his 10th 30-point performance of the season. … The Blazers made their initial 23 free throws before a miss and wound up 23 of 25 from the line. … Portland led 28-27 after the first but gave up a 15-4 burst in the second.Warriors: Durant passed John Stockton (19,711 points) for 44th place on NBA career scoring list. … Andre Iguodala played his 1,000th career regular-season game, becoming one of 126 players in NBA history to do so. … Second-year guard Patrick McCaw returned after missing two games with a concussion and bruised nose. Young will enter the concussion protocol. … Curry rode a stationary bike during the morning shootaround. Pachulia took some one-handed shots during warmups. … Golden State committed five first-quarter turnovers and 14 in all.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: At Miami on Wednesday.Warriors: Host the Mavericks on Thursday. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Now, the Warriors will get to stay home for almost the entire rest of the year except for a trip to face the Lakers on Dec. 18.CJ McCollum scored 21 points and Zach Collins added season-bests of nine points and seven rebounds before fouling out of Portland’s fifth straight loss. This marked the first meeting of the season between the West rivals after Golden State took all four games last regular season and then swept the Blazers in the first round of the playoffs.The Warriors have won the last seven regular-season meetings and also seven in a row at home.After missing his first four 3-point tries, Thompson hit from deep in the final 30 seconds of the first half as the Warriors led 59-47 at the break.BARNES RETIRESADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Mirotic, Portis lead way, Bulls blow out Celtics Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant (35) is defended by Portland Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. The Warriors won, 111-104. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, Calif.— Kevin Durant had 28 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots, leading the short-handed Golden State Warriors past the sluggish Portland Trail Blazers 111-104 on Monday night.Klay Thompson overcame a cold shooting start to score 24 points as Golden State played without two-time MVP Stephen Curry, who is nursing a sprained right ankle and missed his third straight game. Draymond Green sat out with a sore right shoulder while starting center Zaza Pachulia was sidelined for his second game in a row because of soreness in his left shoulder.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanocenter_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Damian Lilliard scored a season-high 39 points with five 3-pointers playing back home in Oakland. He hit a 3-pointer late in the first half with Durant in his face and pumped his arm to celebrate.Durant, who earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors on Monday, shot 11 for 21 and Nick Young contributed 12 points in 13 minutes off the bench before leaving with a concussion in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseDavid West scored in double figures over consecutive games for the first time with the Warriors and his first since 2015-16 for San Antonio.Rookie Jordan Bell scored in double figures for the second time with 11 points, while Omri Casspi and Shaun Livingston also started for the defending champions, who were coming off a 6-0 road trip. It marked the franchise’s first time doing so in that long of a stretch away from home. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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