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Durant powers Warriors, James dominates Kings

Kevin Durant finished with 35 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his ninth career triple double on Wednesday as the under-manned Golden State Warriors defeated the Charlotte Hornets 101-87.

The Warriors won their fifth straight and the seventh in eight games despite playing without superstar Stephen Curry and forward Draymond Green.

Durant had 16 points in the first quarter, quickly setting the tone for the game at the Spectrum Center arena in Charlotte. He finished 13 of 28 from the field and hit 3 3-pointers.

Durant said that his teammates did a good job of picking up the slack with Curry and Green out.

“I think everybody just rallied around each other, from the coaches to the players to the trainers, everybody. The defense was on point tonight and we got off to a good start.”

The Warriors cruised to a 48-22 lead in the second quarter and never trailed, improving to 20-6 on the season.

The Warriors also got 22 points from Klay Thompson and 10 from Nick Young.

Curry sat out the contest after suffering a sprained ankle in New Orleans two nights ago. Green was a late scratch because of a shoulder injury.

Charlotte was without coach Steve Clifford, who missed his second game with an illness.

Kemba Walker had a team-high 24 points for the Hornets, who dropped to 9-14. Nicolas Batum scored 15 and Dwight Howard had 14.

In Cleveland, Ohio, LeBron James nailed a clutch 3-pointer with 16 seconds left as Cleveland won a record-tying 13th straight game with a 101-95 win over the Sacramento Kings.

James finished with 32 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists as the win equaled a Cleveland franchise record.

Elsewhere in the NBA on Wednesday, it was: Pelicans 123, Nuggets 114; Celtics 97, Mavericks 90; Timberwolves 113, Clippers 107; Knicks 99, Grizzlies 88; Bucks 104, Pistons 100; Spurs 117, Heat 105; Pacers 98, Bulls 96; and Magic 110, Hawks 106 (in overtime).


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