Durant loses match, but becomes second-youngest to reach 20000 points

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Stephen Curry missed the Golden State Warriors' loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night as he suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury prior to the game.

The Golden State Warriors (33-8) put their five-game winning streak on the line when they take on the Los Angeles Clippers (18-21) at ORACLE Arena.

Green was fined $25,000 by the National Basketball Association for publicly criticizing the league's officiating in comments after Golden State's 121-105 win against the Clippers on Saturday. That would prove to be his best shooting and scoring performance throughout his career, as he also achieved career highs in both 2-point percentage and overall field goal percentage. It's a peculiar, mid-grade kind of thrill-like watching a polished character actor play the leading role in a ho-hum indie flick-to see just how many moves Lou's got, and how well-honed they are.

Clippers: played without four of its five opening-night starters (Griffin, Patrick Beverley, Danilo Gallinari and Milos Teodosic), and the first man off the bench in that game, Austin Rivers.

"What goes through your mind when you know you're about to get on a heater like this?", ESPN's Scott Van Pelt asked Williams after Thursday's game. But they're missing some key players as well. He sprained it again December 4 against the New Orleans Pelicans and missed the next 11 games.

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At this stage of his career, while in a Thunder uniform, Kevin Durant had managed to average 28.6 ppg, on averages of 48.7%, 38.5%, and 88.3%, while competing in 98% of his team's games. He beat Terrence Ross' record along the way. And only one, Ricky Pierce in 1989-90, averaged more points than Williams (23.0 to Williams' 22.9). (Which just so happened to be the first game Chris Paul played with the Clippers).

The jury is still out on whether Ross really has the scoring touch he displayed that one night, but right now, he's still nursing a sprained MCL and fracture on his right tibia and remains out indefinitely. It's one thing for a freak athlete to do it, but for a defensive specialist? This invites trouble against the Bucks, who are sixth percentage of forced turnovers and eighth in converting them into points.

Try to watch this video and not get exhausted yourself from all the running you'll see. That year, McGrady shot almost 39% from 3-point range on 6 attempts per game.

With the help of Clippers trainer Jasen Powell, it was Lou Williams who had helped carry C.J. Williams off the court before he was carried into the locker room. How much energy will he need to reserve in the second half to have the best shot at reaching the NBA Finals for an eighth straight year?

Durant has almost doubled up the No. 2 player in the West's frontcourt, so don't be surprised if he starts campaigning for Curry. No wonder Kevin Garnett asked for a trade in 2008.

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