Thompson has 27 points, Warriors rout Magic 133-112
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 02, 2017 11:26 AM
FILE - OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 16: Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors high fives fans as he heads out to the court before the game against the Portland Trail Blazers during the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on April 16, 2017 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Klay Thompson scored 27 points, Kevin Durant had 25 and Steph Curry 23 to help the Golden State Warriors rout the Orlando Magic 133-112 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).
Durant was ejected for arguing with 4:52 left. Jordan Bell added 16 points, Draymond Green 12 and Omri Casspi 11 for Golden State, which expanded a 13-point lead after Durant left.
Aaron Gordon led Orlando with 29 points, Evan Fournier had 22, and Jonathon Simmons 18. The Magic have lost 10 of their last 11 and were playing catchup all night against the defending NBA champion Warriors.
Golden State led wire-to-wire, taking advantage of crisp passing and aggressive shooting by its stars to build an early lead and successfully hold off any Magic rallies. The Warriors had 46 assists, the highest number by an NBA team this season. Thompson was 11-of-14 from the field, and Durant 10-of-14.
Orlando also had a good night offensively, making 11 three-pointers and shooting 45.8 percent, but the Magic do not have the firepower to get into a shootout with the Warriors.
Golden State backup guard Shaun Livingston was the only one of the 19 players used in the first half not to score.
Not that it needs one, but Golden State may have discovered another emerging star off its bench in rookie Jordan Bell. Kerr promised the second-round pick from Oregon more playing time and he made the most of it, scoring 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting. “He was great tonight, wonderful energy,” Kerr said. “We’ll keep playing him and continue to help grow.” Bell also had four rebounds and three blocks in 16 minutes. “He’s obviously a freak athlete and he has a sixth sense on where to be on defense,” Curry said. “He seemed like he was extremely comfortable out there.”
Magic coach Frank Vogel said he didn’t want to comment on his team’s inability to sustain effort from game to game, but he was willing to talk about the team’s defense, or lack thereof.
“We’re not tough enough at the defensive end,” Vogel said. “We could be tougher, more alert, more physical, compete more ... we just got to play tougher than that to beat the champs.”
Warriors: Golden State had a season-high 41 points in the first quarter. ... The Warriors have seven straight games with 10 or more three-pointers. ... Andre Iguodala sat out with a sore knee. ... Curry passed Jason Kidd for eighth place on the career three-pointers made list. ... Thompson has a three-pointer in 77 straight games, the longest current mark in the NBA.
Magic: Orlando has lost 10 straight to the Warriors. ... The Magic have averaged 112.2 points in their last five games. ... PF Aaron Gordon is 17-of-34 (50 percent) on three-pointers in his last four game. ... SF Terrence Ross is out indefinitely with a sprained MCL.
Warriors: Continue six-game trip at Miami on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time).
Magic: Take a seven-game road losing streak to New York on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).