Warriors 106, Thunder 98
Golden State coach Steve Kerr's plan to get Stephen Curry some extra rest didn't turn out quite how he'd hoped.
Curry scored 23 points and the Golden State Warriors remained undefeated, but they had to rally in the second half to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 106-98 on Tuesday night.
Kerr said he couldn’t rest his star guard as much as he wanted because the Thunder were too competitive. Oklahoma City led by 11 points at halftime and by 12 midway through the third quarter before Golden State began chipping away.
“We knew we were going to take him out mid-first, buy him a few minutes, hopefully do the same in the third, but I didn’t feel comfortable doing that,” Kerr said. “We were still climbing uphill a little bit.”
A 3-pointer by Otto Porter Jr. put the Warriors ahead for the first time, 78-76, with a minute left in the third. The Warriors took an 81-76 edge into the fourth. The Thunder cut their deficit to four at one point in the final period, but the Warriors went on a 9-3 run to go up 10 with just over three minutes to play.
Curry made 6 of 14 shots in just over 32 minutes and never really got comfortable with Oklahoma City's Lu Dort defending him.
“I thought Lu did a great job on Curry,” Oklahoma City coach Mark Daigneault said. “A lot of teams throw two guys at him, but a lot of teams don’t have Lu Dort. We challenged him to take that on tonight and he did an unbelievable job. That guy (Curry) earned everything he got.”
Andrew Wiggins had 21 points and Damion Lee scored 20 for the Warriors, who have opened the season with four straight wins.
Kerr warned his team that the Thunder might present a challenge.
“We talked to the team in our meeting today at the hotel about exactly what to expect," he said. “This is a team that came in 0-3, they played Philly pretty tough in the fourth quarter (on Sunday) and the crowd was into it. They’re NBA players. They’re all great players or they wouldn’t be in the league.”
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting for the Thunder.
Oklahoma City scored the first seven points of the game and led 34-29 at the end of the first quarter — the first time Oklahoma City took a lead into the second period this season.
The Warriors rallied late in the second quarter. Curry hit a 3-pointer, then Draymond Green made a three to cut Oklahoma City's lead to four.
That's when Gilgeous-Alexander took over. He passed to Dort for a dunk, made a floater, then converted a three-point play. He followed that with an assist to Jeremiah Robinson-Earl for a dunk to complete a 9-0 run that pushed the Thunder's lead to 13. Oklahoma City led 59-48 at halftime.
The Thunder played a strong second half in their loss to Philadelphia and a strong first half against Golden State.
“We’ve got to play a full 48 if we want to get a W, for sure,” Gilgeous-Alexander said.
Green had eight points, eight assists and nine rebounds.
Robinson-Earl got his first career start in place of Derrick Favors (rest) for the Thunder. He finished with 12 points and five rebounds. Dort scored 11 points.
Lakers 125, Spurs 121 (OT)
Anthony Davis had 35 points and 17 rebounds, Russell Westbrook added 33 points and 10 rebounds, and the Lakers rallied without LeBron James to beat the Spurs.
Dejounte Murray had 21 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds for his fifth career triple-double, and he missed a jumper in the closing seconds that would have won it for the Spurs. Jakob Poeltl added 27 points and 14 rebounds for San Antonio, and Lonnie Walker IV had a season-high 21 points.
James missed the Lakers’ first road game of the season with a sore right ankle, an injury that occurred in Sunday’s win over Memphis. The Lakers decided to be cautious with the early-season injury.
Malik Monk started in James’ place and gave the Lakers a 114-112 lead on a 3-pointer with 58.6 seconds remaining. Monk finished with 17 points and was 4-for-10 on 3-pointers.
Davis and Westbrook had season highs in scoring. Playing before a sold-out AT&T Center that was equally divided between the two teams, the Lakers won their second straight to reach .500.
Jazz 122, Nuggets 110
Rudy Gobert had 23 points and 16 rebounds and Donovan Mitchell added 22 points to lead the Utah Jazz to a win over the Denver Nuggets in a game where Nikola Jokic left with a knee injury.
The reigning NBA MVP had 24 points in just 15 first-half minutes before he got hurt.
Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic each contributed 15 for the Jazz, who moved to 3-0 on the season.
Two minutes before halftime, Jokic banged knees with Gobert and stayed down holding his right leg. He eventually got up with assis-tance and limped to the locker room. He will be examined again, but initial injury report was a knee contusion.
Mavericks 116, Rockets 106
Luka Doncic had 26 points and 14 rebounds, Reggie Bullock had his best game with his new team by scoring 16 points and the Mavericks beat the Rockets in coach Jason Kidd’s first home game Tuesday night.
Kristaps Porzingis had another rough shooting night, starting 1 of 9 before finally making his 3-pointer and leaving a short time later. The oft-injured Porzingis didn’t return because of lower back tightness. He came into the game with a black eye.
Eric Gordon scored 22 points, and Christian Wood had 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Rockets, who lost Dallas’ home opener for the first time after winning the previous three times.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 16 points, including the first bucket of the second half to start a 13-0 Dallas run for a 70-60 lead.
After the Porzingis 3 gave the Mavericks their biggest lead to that point at 73-62, the Rockets answered with a 10-0 run before Dallas posted up Doncic to end the run.
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