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Durant lifts undermanned Warriors past Hornets; Cavs win again

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DURANT: Carrying the load for the Warriors. DURANT: Carrying the load for the Warriors.

The results

Golden State 101, Charlotte 87; Minnesota 113, LA Clippers 107;

San Antonio 117, Miami 105; Boston 97, Dallas 90; New York 99, Memphis 88; Milwaukee 104, Detroit 100; New Orleans 123, Denver 114; Cleveland 101, Sacramento 95; Indiana 98, Chicago 96; Orlando 110, Atlanta 106 (OT)

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

The Warriors won their fifth straight and the seventh in their last 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. He finished 13 of 28 from the field and hit three three-pointers.

Durant said 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,” Durant said. “The defense was on point tonight and we got off to a good start.”
    
Golden State coach Steve Kerr was impressed with the way Durant carried the team to victory.
    
“What a luxury to be able to just throw him the ball, especially with Steph out,” Kerr said. “He took over. It wasn’t really scripted, it was just a natural product of Steph being out, Draymond being out.
    
“He was attacking from the start. It was like a ‘I’ve got this’.”
    
The Warriors cruised to a 48-22 lead in the second quarter and never trailed, improving to 20-6 on the season.
    
Charlotte pulled to within seven points halfway through the fourth quarter, but the Warriors built the lead back up to 16.
    
The Warriors also got 22 points from Klay Thompson and 10 points 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 their 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.

Golden State led 26-18 after one quarter, 53-38 at halftime, and 79-68 after three quarters.
    
Elsewhere, LeBron James nailed a clutch three-pointer with 16 seconds left as Cleveland won a record-tying 13th straight game with a 101-95 win over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.
    
James finished with 32 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists as the win equaled a Cleveland franchise record.
    
There were about five seconds left on the shot clock when time was called with 20 seconds left and Cleveland clinging to a two-point lead.