Grow Up! Warriors Star Durant Rips Media, Rockets Topple Kings

Feb 07 - by AFP for SportPesa News

NBA champions lashes out over reports linking him to New York Knicks following victory over depleted San Antonio Spurs that lifted Golden State to the Western Conference summit

Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors watches the action against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on January 28, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. PHOTO/AFP

  • Speculation over Durant's future has intensified during the free agency window after the Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis and other players to the Dallas Mavericks on February 1
  • Asked why he was reluctant to speak to the press, Durant added: "I just don't trust any y'all. Every time I say something, it gets twisted up and thrown out in so many publications. Trying to tear me down with my words. And then when I don't say nothing, it's a problem
  • In the East, Giannis Antetokounmpo underscored his potential MVP credentials with a scintillating 43-point display as the Milwaukee Bucks bagged their 40th win of the season with a 148-129 rout of the Washington Wizards

OAKLAND, United States- Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant lashed out at the media following reports linking him to a move to the New York Knicks.

Speculation over Durant's future has intensified during the free agency window after the Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis and other players to the Dallas Mavericks on February 1.

Durant, who has not spoken to the media since the Porzingis trade, broke his silence on Wednesday following Golden State's rout of San Antonio.

The two-time NBA champion and Finals MVP has been repeatedly linked to a move to the Knicks when he becomes a free agent at the end of the season.

However the 30-year-old insisted on Wednesday he was not thinking about his future, and attacked reporters for "twisting" his comments.

"I don't think about that type of stuff, that's your job," Durant said.

"You all piling on me because I don't want to talk to y'all about that. I have nothing to do with the Knicks, I don't know who traded Porzingis, it ain't got nothing to do with me. I'm trying to play basketball."

When pressed further, he told reporters: "Y'all come here every day, ask me about free agency, talk to my team-mates, talk to my coaches, rile up the fans about it.

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"Now when I don't want to talk to you all, it's a problem with me? Come on man. Grow up."

Asked why he was reluctant to speak to the press, Durant added: "I just don't trust any y'all. Every time I say something, it gets twisted up and thrown out in so many publications. Trying to tear me down with my words. And then when I don't say nothing, it's a problem. 

"I just want to play ball. I want to go to the gym and go home. Is that a problem?"

Asked to comment on Golden State's form following their 141-102 win, Durant abruptly walked out of the press conference.

"I'm done," he told a reporter. "You know you don't care about that."

His fiery press call came after Warriors eased to the top of the Western Conference, outclassing an under-strength San Antonio Spurs to score a comprehensive 141-102 win at the Oracle Arena.

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich rested star players LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan citing "load management", and could only watch as the powerful Warriors romped away with an emphatic win.

The reigning NBA champions started with five NBA All-Stars in their line-up -- Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry -- and had opened up a 66-52 lead at half-time.

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An explosive third quarter saw the Warriors outscore their opponents by 49-31 to make the fourth quarter a formality.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr was satisfied at the ruthless streak shown by his side against their depleted opponents.

Talent disparity

"Reality kind of set in in terms of the talent disparity with their guys being out," Kerr said. "We kind of wore them down. It's important on a night like tonight, when you know that the other team's best two players aren't out there, that you stay focused. 

"I was happy that our guys were able to do that."

Thompson led the scoring with 26 points for the Warriors, with Durant posting 23 points and Curry 19. Cousins also had 15 points while Kevon Looney and Andre Iguodala had 11 off the bench.

The Warriors now lead the West with 38 wins and 15 losses, pulling 1.5 games clear of second-placed Denver, who suffered a 135-130 defeat to Brooklyn.

D'Angelo Russell once again led the scoring for the Nets with 27 points on a night when seven players cracked double digits for Brooklyn. 

The defeat left Denver second in the West with a record of 37-17.

Elsewhere Wednesday, James Harden extended his red-hot scoring streak as the Houston Rockets overwhelmed the Sacramento Kings on the road.

Harden scored 36 points in a 127-101 win for the Rockets, the reigning MVP's 28th straight game where he has scored 30 points or more.

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Gerald Green added 25 from the bench while starters Eric Gordon (20) and Chris Paul (15) backed Harden with useful contributions.

The win saw Houston improve to 32-22, leaving them in fifth spot in the Western Conference playoff race.

In the East, Giannis Antetokounmpo underscored his potential MVP credentials with a scintillating 43-point display as the Milwaukee Bucks bagged their 40th win of the season with a 148-129 rout of the Washington Wizards.

Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks takes a shot against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on December 21, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. PHOTO/AFP


Antetokounmpo led a dominant offensive display by the Bucks, who now own the best record in the NBA and lead the Eastern Conference Standings with 40 wins against 13 defeats.

It was the latest in a series of superb performances this season by Antetokounmpo, who has thrust himself firmly into the conversation for MVP honours in recent weeks.

Stellar display

"Just tried to be aggressive coming into the game, trying to make plays for my team-mates," the 24-year-old Greek forward said.

Milwaukee earned their fifth straight win after pouring on 50 points in the first quarter against a Wizards side who were rarely in contention.

Milwaukee led 85-65 at half-time and although the Wizards stormed back with a 42-point third quarter, the result was never seriously in doubt.

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Antetokounmpo drained all three of his three-point attempts as he made 17 of 21 attempts.

The Bucks star attributed his stellar display to a relaxed approach. "I just tried not to think about it and to just shoot the ball," he said. "That's what my team told me to do and that's what I'm going to keep on doing."

Antetokounmpo was one of six Bucks players to make double figures, with Eric Bledsoe posting 22 points along with 11 assists and six rebounds.

Malcolm Brogdon made 18 points and Khris Middleton finished with 16. Ersan Ilyasova added 12 from the bench.

Washington also poured on the points, with Bradley Beal adding 30 while Thomas Bryant finished with 26. Jeff Green had 22 points.

Jordan Bell of the Golden State Warriors shoots the ball against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on January 28, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. PHOTO/AFP