NBA — Warriors 3rd quarter train is never late


OAKLAND, Calif. — No Stephen Curry, no problem for the Golden State Warriors.

In a collective effort, the Warriors took care of the Orlando Magic in the second half as they captured their seventh consecutive victory with a 110-100 win Monday night at Oracle Arena.

Kevin Durant led all scorers with 21 points while securing six boards and distributing a season-high eight assists in 30 minutes.

Curry sat out his first game of the season due to a right thigh contusion that he sustained Saturday in a win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Shaun Livingston received the start in his place, producing a season-high 16 points and six assists.

Draymond Green registered a season-high 20 points and dished out five assists and stole the ball twice. He was also 3-of-5 from downtown. It was Green’s first 20-point game since March 24 of 2017 versus Sacramento.

Klay Thompson finished with 15 points.

Once again, the Warriors did their damage in the third quarter. They held a two-point lead a minute into the quarter, and it increased to a 15-point advantage at the midway point. The Magic were outscored 32-19 in the period.

Prior to the contest, the Warriors were averaging 32.6 points in the third, a league-leading mark. It’s the ninth straight win for the Warriors over the Magic.

Orlando (8-6) was held to 42 percent from the field and 31 percent from three. Golden State (11-3) made half of its field goals, and 35 percent from three. Entering the game, these two teams were No. 1 and No. 2 in 3-point percentage, with the Warriors shooting it at 42 percent and the Magic at 41 percent.

Nikola Vucevic was the high scorer for Orlando, putting in 20 points.

The Warriors now hit the road for a four-game road trip that kicks off with the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics on Thursday.

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