Steph Curry ties a Wilt Chamberlain record for 50-point games, but Warriors lose on the road again

Warriors lose another road game despite 50 points from Steph Curry

The Golden State Warriors just cannot figure out how to win a game on the road, losing an important matchup to the Los Angeles Clippers, 134-126.

Curry notched his 12th career 50 point game, and his 2nd this season, but it wasn’t enough. He finished 20-for-28 from the field, and 8-for-14 from 3.

The Warriors are now 0-2 this season in games where Curry has scored 50+ points. With another 50-point game, Curry surpassed Michael Jordan with his seventh 50+ point performance after turning 30 years old. Curry is now tied with Wilt Chamberlain for the all-time record.

Jordan Poole led all other Warriors scorers with 19 points off the bench. Klay Thompson finished with 15 points, and Donte DiVincenzo added 10 points.

The Warriors road struggles continue, as they can’t seem to pack consistency in their luggage as they travel away from the Bay Area. The road record is now 7-27.

The loss was multi-layered, as it was against a division rival, as well as a team they are actively fighting for playoff positioning with. The 5th seed was at stake for the Warriors, who now find themselves in 6th place with a game lead over the Timberwolves and Mavericks, 1.5-game lead over the Thunder for 9th and a two-game lead over the Lakers for the final spot in the play-in.

Draymond Green picked up his 16th technical foul, which means he will serve a one-game suspension.

The Warriors have 12 games left to get things together, including 7 on the road. Their next test is Friday night in Atlanta against the Hawks.

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3 observations: Curry’s big Game 6 clinches Warriors’ 4th title, Finals MVP

Stephen Curry put forth another sensational night to lead the Warriors to their 4th title in eight seasons and cap off his first Finals MVP. 

The Golden State Warriors (3-2) visited the Boston Celtics (2-3) in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Golden State wanted to clinch the championship. Boston wanted to extend the series to a decisive Game 7. Stephen Curry put forth another sensational night to lead the Warriors to their 4th title in eight seasons and cap off his first Finals MVP.

Curry led the Warriors with 34 points on 12-for-21 shooting (6-for-11 on 3s), secured 7 rebounds, and dished 7 assists. Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points on 7-for-18 shooting (4-for-9 on 3s) to go along with 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals, and 3 blocks.

Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 34 points on 12-for-23 shooting (5-for-11 on 3s), along with 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Al Horford scored 19 points on 6-for-8 shooting (4-for-5 on 3s) and secured 14 rebounds.

Here are 3 observations from the Warriors’ victory.

Warriors Report Card: Player grades from Golden State Warriors win over Atlanta Hawks

Here are some player grades from the Golden State Warriors’ win over the Atlanta Hawks, including a grade from Steph Curry’s 50-point night.

The Golden State Warriors won their fifth straight as Steph Curry dropped 50 points and the defense shut down the Atlanta Hawks in the second half. Golden State got a standout performance from its standout star en route to a 127-113 win, improving to a 9-1 record.

The Warriors simply outworked the Hawks, who looked dangerous in the first half with impressive shot-making but fell off in the second. They outrebounded a taller team, struggled to force jump balls even when up by nearly 20 and blitzed the Hawks in transition. They ran the floor better and locked up in the half-court, holding the Hawks to under 30 points in each of the final two quarters.

Golden State shot 52.3% from the floor in the second half, including 66.7% in the third quarter when they dropped 41 on the Hawks. They were also near perfect from the line Monday, hitting 21-of-22.

Here are some player grades from the Warriors’ win over one of last year’s Eastern Conference Final competitors.

Warriors Report Card: Player grades from the Warriors’ win over the Houston Rockets

Here are some player grades from the Golden State Warrior’s 120-107 win over the Houston Rockets.

The Golden State Warriors look like legitimate title contenders this season. They have the best record in the NBA following a 120-107 win over the Houston Rockets. They have scored the second-most points per game (113.9) and allowed the second-fewest (100.2). Head coach Steve Kerr’s squad has been feasting on the back of dizzying ball movement and throttling defense.

The Warriors left the Chase Center with another win Sunday despite running into some foul trouble in the first half. It was an offensive back-and-forth for much of the first half, but a 20-2 Warriors run in the third quarter sealed the victory. Guards Jordan Poole and Steph Curry led the way in scoring, with 45 combined points. Forward Otto Porter Jr. flashed his smooth shooting once again to chip in off the bench as well.

The Rockets were the first team to shoot better than 30% from three-point range in a game since Oct. 26 when the Oklahoma City Thunder hit 35% of their looks from deep. The Warriors have played five games since then, winning all but one – an overtime loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Warriors put up a solid shooting night, hitting 51.8% from the floor and 32.6% from deep. It was the ball movement that stole the show, though, as they assisted 31 baskets as a team Sunday.

Here are some player grades from the win.

Warriors Report Card: Player grades for Golden State Warriors’ win over Charlotte Hornets

Player grades from the Golden State Warriors 114-92 win over the Charlotte Hornets Wednesday night.

The Golden State Warriors flexed their defensive muscles in the second half against the Charlotte Hornets en route to a 114-92 win at the Chase Center. Despite an underwhelming performance from the usually-dominant Steph Curry, the Warriors got production from other parts of their roster to stave off a 32-point night from Miles Bridges.

The Warriors are now 6-1 on the season thanks to inspired performances from guards Jordan Poole and Gary Payton II. Each guard essentially took over a quarter during the game, propelling the Warriors to victory. Payton led the Golden State defense in the second half, stifling LaMelo Ball for multiple possessions. Golden State held the Hornets without a field goal for nine minutes at one point in the third quarter, according to the ESPN broadcast.

Not only did they defend, but the Warriors also hit their shots for the most part. They were 48.8% from the floor and 40% from three-point range Wednesday. They held the Hornets to just 27.8% from deep and allowed just nine bench points on the night.

They also moved the ball well, surpassing that 30 assist benchmark once again. They did struggle with turnovers early in the game but cleaned it up as the game moved on.

The 22-point win is their largest of the young season so far, narrowly edging out Saturday’s win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Here are some player grades from the win.

Warriors Report Card: Player grades for Warriors’ win over OKC Thunder

Player grades from the Golden State Warriors’ home win over the young Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Golden State Warriors got back to winning ways Saturday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder on top of some supreme ball movement and a consistent defensive effort from every corner of their roster. After narrowly beating the Thunder last week 106-98, the Warriors breezed past the young OKC squad 103-82 in front of a costume-clad crowd at Chase Center to improve to 5-1 on the season.

Forward Draymond Green completely turned around his offensive game Saturday, leading the Warriors with pace and aggression in transition. He nearly finished with a triple-double in just over 25 minutes of action.

Overall, the Warriors did turn over the ball 15 times on the night, but that number is a tad deceiving as the starting five were responsible for just five of those. The team also dished 30 assists on the night.

Golden State shot the ball fairly well, hitting on 42.4% of their field goals and 40.4% of their three-point looks. They out-shot the Thunder from deep by a 21 to eight margin, holding Oklahoma City to a measly 20.5%.

The Warriors played well up and down the roster, so here are some player grades from their win Saturday.

Warriors Report Card: Player grades for Warriors’ first loss of the season, to the Grizzlies

The Warriors took their first loss of the season to the Memphis Grizzlies Thursday. Here are the player grades from Thursday’s loss.

The Golden State Warriors came out firing on Thursday night, dropping 37 first-quarter points in what looked to be a burgeoning blowout.

That fire was extinguished quickly, however.

The Memphis Grizzlies reset and grinded out buckets, outscoring the Warriors in the last three quarters to earn a 104-101 win in overtime.

Warriors star Steph Curry let loose on some flamethrower 3-pointers, including one during the second quarter run, but he went ice-cold down the stretch. Guard Damion Lee had a gutsy shooting display in the final quarters, continuing his trend of late scoring.

The Warriors’ offense struggled to score once the Grizzlies started to lock up Curry, and the defense could not contain Ja Morant and his 18 third-quarter points. The team moved the ball well but was sloppy with its passing, turning the ball over 22 times. Overall, they shot 43.3% from the field and 35% from three on the night.

With the Grizzlies handing the Warriors their first loss, leaving the Utah Jazz as the only undefeated team left, here is a look at the player grades for Golden State.

Summer League: Jonathan Kuminga leads the Warriors to a bounce back win over Raptors, 90-84

Golden State bounces back with a win over Toronto as Jonathan Kuminga leads the way in game two of the Las Vegas Summer League.

Just two days after falling in overtime to the Orlando Magic, Jonathan Kuminga and the Warriors finished strongly on Wednesday to grab their first Las Vegas Summer League win. Golden State led the entirety of the second half in a 90-84 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Kuminga led the way. He opened his outing with a pair of made 3s in the first quarter that set the tone for his matchup with No. 4 overall pick Scottie Barnes.

After a back-and-forth first quarter that ended with the Raptors up two, the Warriors grabbed hold of the contest in the second. Behind 10 first-half points from Kuminga, Golden State went to the locker room with a 44-35 lead.

The Raptors got back into the game early in the fourth quarter; they cut the deficit to three with seven minutes left. However, the fourth quarter belonged to Gary Payton II, who scored 10 points to seal the win. While Payton doesn’t have a guaranteed contract with the Warriors, the former Oregon State standout will likely be given a good chance to win a roster spot come training camp.

Kuminga led all scorers with 18. Payton added 13 points on six shot attempts including a highlight jam.

While Moses Moody struggled from inside the arc, he went 3-for-7 from distance. The Warriors first-round pick finished with 14 points on 4-of-15 from the field.

Golden State improved to 1-1 in Las Vegas and will next face the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Summer League: Warriors fall to the Magic in OT as the rookies show promise

Despite solid flashes from the Warriors’ rookies, Jalen Suggs and the Magic pull out an overtime win

In the game of the day at the NBA Las Vegas Summer League, the Golden State Warriors opened their week with a 91-89 overtime loss to the Orlando Magic.

While wins and losses matter, the performances from Golden State’s two first-round selections are what Warriors fans came to see. And on Monday night, both Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody provided glimpses of the players they could become in the Bay Area.

In a seesaw battle down to the wire at the Thomas & Mack Center, Orlando made the final push to force overtime, erasing a 10-point deficit early in the fourth quarter.

No. 5 pick Jalen Suggs scored five of Orlando’s final 7 points in regulation to get the Magic into an extra session. Defensively, the former Gonzaga star made the play of the day in Las Vegas. With under a minute left in a tie game, Kyle Guy waited for Suggs to commit and dumped it off for what should have been the go-ahead layup by Moody. Suggs recovered to make the block without fouling, saving Orlando and providing the exclamation point on an impressive debut.

The Orlando rookie scored the first six points of overtime to put the Warriors away.

Despite Suggs’ heroics and a late loss, both Moody and Kuminga had moments that should have Warriors fans excited for the next chapter. Moody finished with 15 points and was a team-high plus-19 in just under 26 minutes. He showed the catch-and-shoot ability that NBA teams saw at Arkansas, while also creating angles in the lane and finishing at the rim.

While Kuminga went 0-4 from 3, he overpowered defenders when attacking the rim by using his rare combination of strength, burst and athleticism. The shot is still a work in progress, but that was something Golden State knew when selecting the G League Ignite star at No. 7.

The Warriors continue NBA Summer League action on Wednesday when they take on the Toronto Raptors at 5 p.m. PDT.

Andrew Wiggins leads an unbelievable comeback, but Canada falls to the Czech Republic 103-101

Andrew Wiggins led one of the wildest FIBA comebacks of all time, but Canada fell short in OT against the Czech Republic to end their Olympic hopes

Nothing went right for Canada on their home soil until the last 50 seconds of regulation against the Czech Republic. The heavily favored Canadian team featuring Golden State Warriors swingman Andrew Wiggins, New York Knicks PG RJ Barrett, and six other NBA talents bowed out of Olympic qualifying in a 103-101 OT loss to the Czech Republic.

The first half went against the expected script with the Czechs dominating the game on both ends and taking a surprising 8-point lead into the break. Chicago Bulls guard Tomas Satoransky and French League pro Blake Schilb led the way in both halves, as it was all comfortable for the underdogs until under a minute left in regulation.

The game and all hopes of an Olympic berth felt over for Canada as they trailed 92-82 with 57 seconds left. From there, a wild sequence of turnovers by the Czechs was capped off by six straight points for Wiggins, including the game-tying three with 17 seconds left, as the Canadians forced an improbable overtime session.

While the momentum carried over for the first few minutes of OT and helped Canada build a five-point lead, Satoransky got the last laugh with an off-glass gamer over Lu Dort:

A gorgeous set play from Canadian head coach/Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse got Trey Lyles a wide open look from 15 feet, but it rimmed out at the buzzer.

Schilb led all scorers with 31 points for the Czechs while Wiggins poured in 22 points and Barrett added 23 for Canada. The Czech Republic advance to take on the winner of Turkey-Greece with the winner heading to the Olympics in Tokyo.