NBA: Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant ejected in Warriors' loss to Grizzlies; Cavaliers beaten by Magic

Memphis: The Golden State Warriors not only lost to the Memphis Grizzlies, they lost their cool in the closing minute.

Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant both were ejected with 43 seconds left on Saturday night, a fitting end to a frustrating night for Warriors in a 111-101 loss to Memphis.

"My pockets will be a lot lighter for sure," Curry said about the ejection after thinking he was fouled and throwing his mouthpiece. Durant may draw additional penalties after it appeared he possible made an obscene gesture to the Memphis crowd.

Referee Scott Wall, left, calls Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) for a foul on Saturday. AP

Referee Scott Wall, left, calls Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) for a foul on Saturday. AP

Marc Gasol had 34 points and 14 rebounds, and the Grizzlies built a 19-point third-quarter lead over Golden State before holding on for the win. James Ennis III added 13 points, and Tyreke Evans had 12 as Memphis shot 47 percent compared to 39 percent for Golden State. The Warriors shot 12 of 38 from 3-point range.

Curry led the Warriors with 37 points, and Durant added 29 and 13 rebounds.

Curry scored on a layup with 43 seconds left to cut the Memphis lead to 107-99 — as close as the Warriors got to Memphis in the fourth quarter. But Curry thought he was fouled on the play and threw his mouthpiece along the baseline, leading to immediate ejection, the first in a regular season game in Curry's career.

"My frustration boiled over, did something stupid, deserved to get kicked out and that's what happened," Curry said.

But Curry denied trying to hit official Scott Wall with the throw.

"If I tried to throw it at him and hit him, I've got a pretty good aim," Curry said, adding he "would have been able to execute that."

With Curry headed out, Durant also was arguing and crew chief Brian Forte sent him to the locker room. As Durant was walking out along the sidelines, the Memphis fans taunted him and screen shots of the broadcast showed him with an extended finger, although some thought it was an extended ring finger.

"That's part of the game. It's fun," Durant said of the crowd reaction. "They're heckling us, calling us names... It's nothing personal or nothing serious."

A major portion of the Warriors anemic shooting came in the third quarter when the Golden State made only six of 22 shots. That led to 15 straight Memphis points and a 19-point Grizzlies lead in the latter stages of the third. Memphis outscored the Warriors 32-20 in the frame, holding an 88-71 lead entering the fourth.


"If we get stops, obviously you can run a lot more," Gasol said referencing Memphis' desire to play with a faster pace this year. "It starts defensively. We have to get stops, and we have to be able to run and get them scrambling."

Cavs beaten

Nikola Vucevic scored 23 points and the Orlando Magic snapped a 17-game losing streak against the Cleveland Cavaliers, routing the defending Eastern Conference champions 114-93 on Saturday night.

Orlando's first win over Cleveland since 23 November, 2012, came in convincing fashion. The Magic never trailed and built a 21-point lead late in the first quarter. Orlando led 36-18 after the first, hitting 14 of 24 from the field.

The Magic, who made 14 of 35 3-pointers, took their biggest lead, 106-69, midway through the fourth quarter when both teams cleared their benches.

LeBron James scored 14 points in the first quarter and finished with 22 as the Cavaliers lost for the first time in three games.


Milwaukee Bucks edge past Trail Blazers

Elsewhere, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 17 of his career-high 44 points in the fourth quarter, and he gave Milwaukee the lead for good on a breakaway dunk with 11 seconds left.

With Portland leading 110-109, the Trail Blazers lost the ball and Antetokounmpo's thunderous dunk put the Bucks ahead. After a timeout, Damian Lillard found Jusef Nurkic running down the lane, but Antetokounmpo blocked his shot at the basket, sending the 7-foot center crashing to the floor.

Khris Middleton was fouled and made both free throws to close the scoring. Lillard scored 16 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter. CJ McCollum also had 26.

Antetokounmpo made 17 of 23 shots and had eight rebounds and four assists.

Harden inspires Rockets to victory

In Houston, James Harden scored 29 points and Houston beat Dallas in their home opener.

Playing without point guard Chris Paul, who is week-to-week with a left knee injury, Harden frequently bulldozed his way into the paint for layups while also keeping hot from beyond the arc. Harden made six of 13 3-pointers and added seven assists in 29 minutes.

Houston improved to 3-0 for the first time since the 2014-15 season when it started 6-0. Dallas fell to 0-3 for the first time since the 2011-12 season, which followed their NBA title run in 2010-11.

Pistons overhaul 21-point deficit to win

Tobias Harris scored 22 of his 31 points in the second half, and Detroit erased a 21-point deficit to beat New York.

Harris was one of the many Pistons who had little going to start the Pistons' second game in two nights, but they turned it around after half-time to spoil the Knicks' home opener.

Kristaps Porzingis scored 33 points, but New York fell to 0-2 after losing to former Knicks star Carmelo Anthony and Oklahoma City in its opener.

Andre Drummond had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Pistons.


Published Date: Oct 22, 2017 12:30 pm | Updated Date: Oct 22, 2017 12:30 pm



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