Without injured Curry, Durant leads Warriors past Magic
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 14, 2017 02:06 PM
FILE - OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 3: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors enters the arena before a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on November 3, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Janie McCauley, Associated Press
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Kevin Durant had 21 points, a season-high eight assists and seven rebounds, Shaun Livingston scored a season-best 16 points in place of the injured Stephen Curry, and the Golden State Warriors pulled away in the second half to beat the Orlando Magic 110-100 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) for their seventh straight win.
Draymond Green had a season-high 20 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals as the Warriors completed an unbeaten four-game homestand.
Nikola Vucevic scored 20 points, Evan Fournier had 16 and Aaron Gordon added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the Magic's fourth defeat over six games.
Livingston also had six assists on a night they were without Curry as he nursed a bruised right thigh from where he took a knee Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). Durant sat out with the same injury to his left leg last Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) against Minnesota.
Coach Steve Kerr called them similar injuries and is being cautious with two-time MVP Curry, who sat out on his bobblehead giveaway night and has only been receiving treatment on the leg without any on-court work.
"If it was a playoff game he would play, but he's pretty sore," Kerr said. "We've got two days before our next game so this gives us the chance to really get him healthy and right. ... It's a no-brainer to rest him."
Klay Thompson contributed 15 points, five assists and four rebounds in Golden State's ninth straight victory against the Magic and fifth in a row at Oracle Arena.
Golden State held the Magic to 19 points in the third while scoring 32 to take control, leading 88-75 going into the final 12 minutes.
Durant was named GQ's "Champion of the Year" and shared a cover with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the magazine's "Citizen of the Year."
KD credits Kap for "being courageous."
"Kaepernick is just a guy who's standing up for what he believes in, standing up for people who don't really have a voice," Durant said. "It was a tremendous honor to be on the cover with him, somebody that his words have started a conversation that's needed in this country. And his actions have started a conversation. It's an honor, it's a blessing and I'm definitely grateful to be on the cover and to be gracing it with some amazing people."
Magic: F Jonathan Isaac was sidelined by a sprained right ankle that he injured in the fourth quarter Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) in Denver, where he left the arena in a walking boot. ... Elfrid Payton returned to the lineup after sitting out Saturday as a precaution given his previous left hamstring trouble, while G D.J. Augustin missed his fifth straight game Monday with a strained left hamstring. "We can't worry about who's not in uniform," coach Frank Vogel said. ... Former Warrior Marreese Speights drew cheers when he checked into the game at the start of the second.
Warriors: Livingston made his ninth start for Golden State and first since April 8 (April 9, PHL time) this year vs. New Orleans. ... Rookie Jordan Bell was inactive. C Damian Jones was recalled from the G League but inactive after Kerr wanted him to take part in morning shootaround and be around the team. Two-way player Quinn Cook got in the game late. Curry and Durant caught a game in Santa Cruz last Friday (Saturday, PHL time).
Magic: At Portland on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) to wrap up a four-game road swing out West.
Warriors: Golden State will practice in Oakland on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) before leaving the next day ahead of Thursday's (Friday, PHL time) game at Boston -- where the Warriors have won four straight.