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With his top running mate limited to two points in two minutes, Durant shouldered the load, finishing with 37 points on 14-for-26 shooting and 11 rebounds. The team decided midway through the second quarter he wouldn't return after getting re-tapped and trying functionality tests with the training staff. He finished with 13 points and six assists.
So much has changed for the Golden State Warriors, and the National Basketball Association as a whole, since the franchise exploded overnight into a championship contender at the start of the 2014-15 season.
For one night, though, the Warriors adjusted fine without Curry.
"KD was just breathtaking down the stretch, amazing", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. The students will be from California's 17th congressional district, which represents areas in Silicon Valley. They've said time and again that their main goal is simply to go into the playoffs healthy and playing well, with the No. 1 seed out West being a distant third on the priority list. "I just want to support the kids and open the dialogue and be part of it".
According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, Curry is "day-to-day" and will travel with the team during the two-game road trip to the Portland Trail Blazers (Friday) and Minnesota Timberwolves (Sunday).
Golden State is 51-14, now in second in the Western Conference behind the Houston Rockets.
"He said (this ankle turn) was a little bit like the Atlanta one", Kerr said (via USA Today).
West, Iguodala updates: Center David West (right arm cyst) and forward Andre Iguodala (sprained left wrist) were ruled out ahead of Thursday's game.