THE Golden State Warriors rode another third quarter surge to a 110-100 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time) at the Oracle Arena.
The Warriors felt the absence of Stephen Curry, sidelined with a right thigh contusion, early after falling behind by five in the first quarter. But Kevin Durant and Shaun Livingston, who started for Curry, got Golden State up by eight late in the second period before an Orlando rally tied the game at 56 heading to the second half.
After the break, Durant sparked in a 22-7 start to put the Warriors up by 15, 78-63, halfway through the third. And Golden State outscored Orlando, 32-19, in the period to take an 88-75 lead to the fourth.
The Warriors turned to defense in the fourth, holding the Magic to just six points halfway through the period while extending the lead to 21, 102-81, after back-to-back baskets from Draymond Green with 5:11 to play.
Orlando began to sit its starters at that point and Golden State’s reserves held on to preserve the lead for the Warriors’ seventh straight win.
Durant led the Warriors (11-3) with 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Green chipped in 20 markers, with three triples. Livingston and Klay Thompson added 16 and 15 points, respectively.
Nikola Vucevic had 20 points to lead the Magic (8-6) who have lost two in a row. Evan Fournier contributed 16 markers.