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Warriors All-82 podcast: Golden State clinches NBA's best record

07 April, 2017, 01:56 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez

After missing 19 games since he injured his knee February 28 against the Wizards, Kevin Durant is expected to return to action Saturday against New Orleans barring any setbacks in Friday's practice, the Warriors announced in a statement. The Dubs roared back to win the March 29 matchup by 12 on the road. The No. 1 offense is comprised of three players averaging 20-plus points per game in Durant, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.

Before he was injured, Durant was averaging a team-high 25.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists a game and almost 2 blocks a contest.

The Warriors now have the top overall record in the National Basketball Association but have not yet clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference or had their first-round opponent determined. However, they immediately recovered and again had a comfortable lead even if Kevin Durant was sidelined due to an injury. Curry finished the period with 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field, including 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, and 2-of-4 from the foul line. For all of their issues of late, the Suns are still 7-0 against the spread in their last seven games versus a team with a winning record.

INDIANAPOLIS - Paul George scored 18 of his 35 points in the third quarter, leading in to a big win.

Curry torched the Suns for 23 first-quarter points, including 19 straight in one stretch, as the Warriors built a 41-18 lead.

With the 120-111 victory, the Golden State Warriors clinched the League's best record for the third year in a row. "We kind of got mesmerized". He and Curry were the only Warriors to score in double figures.

The Warriors said Durant completed several workouts in recent days. In just over a minute, the Warriors scored 11 points, all of which were either scored or assisted by Curry. They won 67 games in 2014-15 and a record 73 games in 2016-17.

Curry, of course, went on to win back-to-back MVP awards, though World Peace was just a year too early with his prediction. He found Iguodala for a second-quarter 3, Ian Clark and Barnes on layups and hit Thompson on a jumper before feeding Draymond Green's dunk. If Durant is able to return Sunday and stay healthy, he will catch the last three games of the regular season.

In Charlotte, North Carolina, Goran Dragic scored 33 points and Miami made 21 3-pointers to beat Charlotte, 112-99, and pull back into a tie for eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

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