Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Curry out Wednesday with sprained right ankle, three other starters to sit

But the celebration was muted by veteran sharpshooter Lou Williams, who scored 50 points as the Los Angeles Clippers stunned the Golden State Warriors, a packed Oracle Arena. And those just so happen to be the numbers worn by Golden State Warriors megastars Steph Curry and Kevin Durant.

Williams' gem included a 27-point third quarter where he went 8-of-11 from the field. The resulting sprain caused the point guard to miss 11 games, including the Warriors' Christmas Day win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Speaking of team records, DeMar DeRozan just scored 52 points last week to finally clinch the Toronto Raptors' single-game franchise record.

The Warriors average 30.7 assists per game, which ranks first in the league.

Voting for fans, players and media ends this Monday. You could nearly see Durant stepping on the throat of the entire Cavaliers team, at that moment.

Six Kings scored in double figures, led by reserve Bogdan Bogdanovic with 22 points.

Green now ranks third in Western Conference front court player voting with 616,730 votes, while his teammates Durant (1,326,059 votes), Thompson (686,825 votes) and Curry (1,369,658) are sitting top four in the field at their respective positions. Therefore, it's no surprise that Golden State is all over the voting returns. This invites trouble against the Bucks, who are sixth percentage of forced turnovers and eighth in converting them into points. The Warriors had their 5 game winning streak snapped. He had 27 points in the third quarter alone and he knocked down all 10 of his attempts at the free throw line. Well, OK, maybe it's a little surprising that Durant just came right out and said so pointedly that he wants no part of it, but the fact that he doesn't want to deal with the drama of making the picks is extremely Durant. He passed Kobe Bryant, who reached that goal at the age of 29 years, 122 days, for second place on this list.

When he reaches that 20,000-point mark, he said he is not sure how he will react but acknowledged that it will be an occasion he cherishes forever. Even teaming with other great scorers in the form of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Durant has managed to maintain an average of at least 25 ppg every year since the start of his second season. "He's pretty strong but he's not the strongest guy in the world, but his footwork is so good that for what speed he may not have, it makes him way faster because of how good his footwork is", Green said.

Last year, here at the Bradley Center, the Bucks gave the Warriors everything they could handle, losing by only three points as a nine point home underdog.

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