Sunday, January 19, 2020

NHL Game Preview: Winnipeg Jets vs. Chicago Blackhawks - 1/19/2020 - 7:08 PM EST

NHL Game Preview: Winnipeg Jets vs. Chicago Blackhawks - Date: 1/19/2020 While Patrick Kane nears a significant milestone, the Chicago Blackhawks are in position to record their longest winning streak of the season.Kane and the Blackhawks eye a fifth straight victory Sunday night against the visiting Winnipeg Jets, who have fared well in Chicago in recent years.Kane's assist in Saturday's 6-2 win at Toronto, which allowed Chicago to sweep a three-game eastern Canadian trip, moved him to within one point of 1,000 in his career. He has four goals and 10 assists during a nine-game point streak for the Blackhawks, who have won 10 of 14 to move closer to playoff position in the Western Conference."It's just a matter of time" before he gets to 1,000, fellow Chicago star Jonathan Toews told NBC Sports Chicago.Chicago has outscored its last four opponents 17-7, and Kane has not been the only one playing well at the o ffensive end. Free Sports Picks. Toews and rookie Dominik Kubalik each scored twice at Toronto, and combined for three assists.Through eight games on the new year, Kubalik has nine goals with four assists, while Toews scored five times with 10 helpers."It's all kind of clicking, and we're having fun out there. You build confidence, and we're building momentum, building and building," said Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad, who had a goal in his first game after missing 12 with an ankle injury.Winnipeg native Toews, though, failed to register a point while Chicago split the first two games of the season with Winnipeg. Kubalik recorded one of his 20 goals and one of his 11 assists against the Jets.Winnipeg, meanwhile, is barely outside playoff position in the West and two points ahead of Chicago, but the Jets have dropped three of four, most recently a brutal 7-1 home loss to Tampa Bay on Friday n ight.It marked the third time this season the Jets have allowed seven goals. Sports Handicapper Leaderboard. They yielded one combined in their previous two contests."When this team has had success, we've looked a certain way," forward Blake Wheeler, who takes a five-game road point streak into this contest, told the Jets' official website."We've had to battle extremely hard to get to a certain point. It could be losing sight of some of those little details." The good news for Winnipeg is that it can pile up some points in a hurry. Free Sports Handicappers. The Jets will play three road games over a four-day stretch before the All-Star weekend."It's a good hockey league. It's tough to get wins," Winnipeg star Mark Scheifele said."We just have to get past this one." A visit to Chicago could help. Th ough the Jets fell 4-1 at home to the Blackhawks last month, they'll aim for a fourth consecutive victory at Chicago after winning 3-2 there in overtime on Oct. 12.Scheifele has six goals with two assists in his last six road games against the Blackhawks. Connor Hellebuyck, pulled after allowing five goals on 12 shots versus Tampa Bay, is 5-2-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average at Chicago. Backup Laurent Brossoit has allowed 11 goals in his last two starts.Chicago's Robin Lehner stopped 66 of 70 shots in those two games versus Winnipeg this season. He has a 1.99 goals-against average in winning his last two overall.Teammate Corey Crawford, who has posted a 1.51 goals-against average in the Blackhawks' last two games, has a 4.62 goals-against during an 0-1-2 stretch against the Jets.--Field Level Media

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NHL Game Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New York Rangers - 1/19/2020 - 7:08 PM EST

NHL Game Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets vs. New York Rangers - Date: 1/19/2020 While a three-game winning streak has proven somewhat elusive for the New York Rangers this season, they are starting to consistently win on home ice.The Rangers try to win a third straight game for the second time this season and attempt to extend their home winning streak to six games Sunday night when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets.New York's other three-game winning streak occurred Nov. 23-27, when it won a wild 6-5 game in Montreal and then posted one-goal home wins over Minnesota and Carolina. Since then, the Rangers are 0-2 in their chances at three straight wins, thanks to a 7-5 loss in Edmonton on Dec. 31 and a 5-2 setback Jan. 11 in St. Louis.The Rangers get their chance at winning a third straight game while on their best run of the season at home.During its five-game winning streak, New York is outscoring foes by a 27-12 margin and has scored at least five goals in five straight home games for the first time since Oct. 26 to Nov. 6, 2016.New York heads into Sunday coming off a home-and-home sweep of the rival New York Islanders in two distinctly different games.The Rangers dominated after allowing an early goal in last Monday's 6-2 home win, and then withstood a 22-shot barrage in the first period and got a late power-play goal from Chris Kreider in Thursday's 3-2 victory on Long Island."As the season's going, we've started to do a lot of the little things that have given us opportunities to win games and be in games," Kreider said. "We've had a stretch here where we've definitely done a better job of that." Thursday was a rare quiet game from former Blue Jackets star Artemi Panarin. Panarin tied a career high with five points (two goals and three assists) Monday but was held without a point for only the 10th time this season.Panarin has 68 points in his firs t season as a Ranger, and during the home winning streak, he has five goals and 10 assists. He also is dealing with a minor upper-body injury that limited him in practice Saturday but is expected to play Sunday.Also expected to play is rookie goaltender Igor Shesterkin, who will make his third career start. Alexandar Georgiev started both games against the Islanders.Columbus is on its second four-game winning streak of the season, and a win Sunday will match its longest streak of the season. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The Blue Jackets won five in a row Dec. 16-23 and split their next eight games before starting this streak with a 3-0 win at the Vegas Golden Knights on Jan. 11.Columbus is outscoring foes 14-2 during the streak and kept it going with a 5-0 home win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday in a game that did not necessarily please coach John Tortorella despite the lopsided result.Cam A tkinson scored twice and added an assist in his second game back from an ankle injury that sidelined him for nearly a month as Columbus scored four times in the second period."We have the past couple of games have forgotten how we have to play," Tortorella said. "I just think they have forgotten the foundation of how hard we have to play and have not played hard enough the past couple of games." Goaltender Elvis Merzlikins made 41 saves Saturday, marking his third shutout in a four-game span. He has started every game of this streak and could start again Sunday.--Field Level Media

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NBA Game Preview: Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs - 1/19/2020 - 3:05 PM EST

NBA Game Preview: Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs - Date: 1/19/2020 Jan 18, 2020The Miami Heat, winners in their past two outings and one of the league's most surprising teams, will go for the season sweep of the San Antonio Spurs when the two teams square off on Sunday afternoon in the Alamo City.The two teams played Wednesday in Miami, with the Heat producing a 106-100 victory.They followed up that win with an impressive 115-108 victory over the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Friday that came after Miami had dropped four of its previous five games away from home.Seven Heat players finished with double-digit scoring on Friday, led by rookie guard Kendrick Nunn's 22 points. Bam Adebayo (21 points), Jimmy Butler (14), Duncan Robinson (14), Derrick Jones Jr. (13), Kelly Olynyk (12) and Goran Dragic (10) helped the cause as well.The Heat hit the midway point of the season with a 29-12 record, putting them at a pace for 58 regul ar-season wins. Seven players are averaging double-digit points for Miami after 41 games."Everybody knows that we're for real on the offensive end," Butler said. "Everybody in this locker room, everybody outside the locker room. Everybody is whipping the ball around. We're sharing the basketball. It's so fun to play like that." The real improvement in the Heat this year is on the defensive end, especially around the rim. Miami limited the Thunder to 34 points in the paint and 13-of-22 shooting inside the restricted area."It's the efforts," Miami coach Erik Spoelstra told the Miami Herald. "You have to burn some calories and make some things happen. If you want to win in a tough place, you're going to have to make tough plays, you're going to have to get stops." Getting some stops, especially in the end game, was something the Spurs (17-23) badly needed on Friday. Sports Handicapping Service Units Gained. That's when Atlanta used a 14-point fourth-quarter rally and a game-deciding 3-pointer from Kevin Huerter with 6.3 seconds left to give the Hawks a stunning 121-120 win in the Alamo City."We were not solid down the stretch, and it's what has bitten us in the ass the whole year," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said after the loss. "Too many mistakes down the stretch and that's what always seems to happen when we lose a basketball game." The victory snapped a 21-game losing streak in San Antonio for Atlanta, which hadn't won in the Alamo City since Feb. 15, 1997. Sports Handicapping Monitor. The Hawks (10-32) completed a sweep of their season series against the Spurs, who fell 108-100 in Atlanta on Nov. 5. Only Golden State (9-34) has a worse record than Atlanta."Playing the game when we have the lead, we have to understand that we have to be poised, disciplined, don't feel rushed on offense and understand how to be solid defensively," said San Antonio guard DeMar DeRozan, who missed a running fadeaway at the buzzer. "We had a couple of lapses on both ends that definitely cost us." LaMarcus Aldridge and DeRozan led the Spurs with 30 and 25 points, respectively. Patty Mills (15) and Dejounte Murray (13) completed the double-digit scoring for San Antonio.DeRozan, who hit 9 of 18 shots, moved to No. 2 for the longest streaks in NBA history with 20-plus points and three-plus assists. DeRozan, whose streak stands at 13 games, trails only Wilt Chamberlain (19).--Field Level Media

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NBA Game Preview: Indiana Pacers vs. Denver Nuggets - 1/19/2020 - 8:05 PM EST

NBA Game Preview: Indiana Pacers vs. Denver Nuggets - Date: 1/19/2020 Jan 18, 2020The Indiana Pacers might have created a monster; now they must try to slay it Sunday night when they visit the Denver Nuggets.The clubs will be meeting for the second time in 18 days, with the Nuggets having prevailed 126-114 at Indiana earlier this month.That Denver win was made possible by Michael Porter Jr.'s season-best, 25-point explosion off the bench in just 23 minutes.Porter, who missed all of last season and all but three games of his one and only college season at Missouri because of a back injury, totaled just 87 points in Denver's first 30 games this season before going for 11 and 19 in consecutive outings against Memphis and Sacramento in December.Two games later, he had his big break-out night against the Pacers, hitting 11 of his 12 shots, beginning an eight-game run in which he's averaged 11.0 points on 66-percent shooting overall and 50-percent accuracy on 3-pointers.Porter has added consistency to his earlier flashes of brilliance of late, scoring 13, 19 and 18 points in Denver's last three games, all of which the Nuggets have won.He had his first career double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds in Thursday's 134-131 overtime win at Golden State."Think about Michael Porter," Nuggets coach Michael Malone gushed to reporters after the game. "The sky is the limit for that kid." Porter was just glad to get an opportunity to play meaningful minutes late in a close game."With this many talented guys, to put up that line is pretty special for me being a rookie and everything," he told reporters. "My teammates were finding me in the right spots and it was all clicking tonight. I was trying to make the right plays and help the team get the win." The Nuggets were able to extend their winning streak to three games despite the absence of three starters -- Paul Millsap (bruised left knee), Gary Harris (strained right adductor) and Jamal Murray (sprained left ankle).Of the three, Millsap, who has sat out five straight, is the most likely to face the Pacers.Indiana has won four in a row as it embarks on a five-game Western swing. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The club will make the short trip to Utah for the second night of a back-to-back on Monday.As Indiana anxiously awaits the season debut of injured Victor Oladipo, the team has been getting a surprising offensive boost of late from T. J. Warren.The off-season acquisition from Phoenix had a team-high 28 points when the Pacers completed a home-and-home sweep of Minnesota in a 116-114 home win on Friday night.He went for 20 points in the earlier meeting with Denver, part of a 14-game stretch in which he's averaged 19.1 points, shooting 53 percent from the field."Just fortunate to be on a team like this,&qu ot; he noted earlier this week. "As the season keeps going, we get Vic back and it's going to be a good team that's hard to deal with come April. I'm just excited to see what a full team is capable of doing." --Field Level Media

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NHL Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 1/19/2020 - 5:08 PM EST

NHL Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes - Date: 1/19/2020 It's a matter of regrouping in a variety of ways for the Carolina Hurricanes as they suffered losses of various degrees during the past week.Most notable is the broken leg suffered by all-star defenseman Dougie Hamilton, meaning they're without their most productive blue liner and a team leader.There hasn't been much time to absorb the impact of that situation for the Hurricanes, who take on the New York Islanders on Sunday in Raleigh, N. C.The Hurricanes have lost three games in a row, though they managed to pull out a team point with Friday night's overtime game against the Anaheim Ducks.The Islanders lost 6-4 to the Washington Capitals on Saturday afternoon, unable to hold a three-goal lead in a home game. Make Money Betting Sports. This is a challenging stretch for New York ."We can't look back, we have to look forward all the time," Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. "It's a tough stretch, a lot of divisional stuff and a lot of points on the line." The Hurricanes could receive a boost if right winger Justin Williams, 38, makes his season debut.The team reported late Saturday afternoon that he's in line to be in the lineup Sunday.Hamilton suffered the injury Thursday night at Columbus. Soccer Handicappers. The next day he underwent surgery. When he missed Friday's game, it ended a string of 255 consecutive games played, a mark that was the 13th-longest active streak in the NHL."Anytime he's out, we're going to miss him. Obviously, the power play, Dougie makes that a heckuva lot better," said Carolina defenseman Jaccob Slavin, who will replace Hamilton as Carolina's representative in the upcoming All-Star Weekend. "We have the pieces." Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said the team needs to find the right combinations because Hamilton will be out of the lineup indefinitely."That's a huge part of our team missing," Brind'Amour said. "He's arguably our No. 1 guy on everything, plays every situation and we count on him quite a bit. All teams go through this at some point and we'll see how we respond." Brind'Amour said there might be mixing and matching with defensive pairings until he sees something that appears to click. Slavin and Brett Pesce could be tagged to take some of the roles previously held by Hamilton."There are a lot of options to try going forward," Brind'Amour said.Carolina defenseman Joel Edmundson notched his 12th point of the season with an assist Friday night. Best Sports Handicappers Free Picks. That's one more point than he had in 64 games last season w ith the St. Louis Blues.The Islanders will be playing their fifth game in a seven-day stretch. They're 1-3-0 so far in that stretch in what has been a ragged month. New York has been outscored 12-6 in three January road games.Special teams have been problematic for the Islanders at times."We're going to look at some things and re-assess it, as we always do," Trotz said.The Hurricanes won 5-2 on Oct. 11 at home in the only previous matchup of the season.Carolina has a sense of urgency as well."These last two games before break, we've got to find a way to get four points here," Slavin said.The Hurricanes have gone four consecutive games without scoring more than two goals."I think everyone is squeezing it a little bit," Jordan Staal said of the pressure offensively. "We have to just go out and grind and get to the net and do the simple things. ... We have to get back to our game. It hasn't been there in a while." --Field Level Media

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NHL Game Preview: Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 1/19/2020 - 12:38 PM EST

NHL Game Preview: Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - Date: 1/19/2020 The Boston Bruins and host Pittsburgh Penguins have opposing missions going into their rematch Sunday at PPG Paints Arena.The Bruins felt like they might have turned a corner for the better Thursday in their 4-1 home win over Pittsburgh, and hope to keep going in that direction.Before that win, Boston had lost two straight and had taken some public backlash for a perceived lack of response the previous game after goaltender Tuukka Rask got knocked out of the game with a concussion.But against the Penguins, the Bruins played a high-level, physical game."We always want to be (hard to play against)," center Patrice Bergeron said. "We weren't really happy with our (previous) two efforts, and you're facing a team that's playing good hockey. I thought we responded to the challenge well, but we have to carry that momentum on."It' s about getting better as a team. Sports Handicapper King. There are going to be stretches where you need to work harder to get the result. So we keep working on it and keep getting better, but the way we competed and the mindset up and down the lineup was great to see." Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said the team had a meeting that covered several topics, all aimed at recapturing their identity, including being more physical."It's not about going out there and trying to run them out of the rink," defenseman Torey Krug said. "Looking at our roster, we don't have that kind of group anymore. But we talked about sticking together and competing harder and sacrificing a little more. ... I think that desperation was lost there for a few games, so, hopefully, (Thursday's game) is a step in the right direction and we can kind of grasp that concept again." Boston center David Krejci, who mi ssed Thursday's game because of an upper body injury, is questionable for Sunday.Goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who had a strong, 29-save game Thursday filling in for Rask, seems likely to start against Pittsburgh again.The two games aren't a traditional home-and-home series. While Boston hasn't played since the Thursday game, the Penguins went to Detroit on Friday where they beat the Red Wings 2-1 in overtime.Pittsburgh is looking at that win as a much better template for the rematch with the Bruins."We had the puck a lot. We had a lot of zone time. We were hanging onto pucks in that offensive zone," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "That's when our team is at our best. We stayed close and offered that support when there were 50-50 puck battles. Sports Betting Handicapping. Those are the kind of details that are important." Despite the loss Thursday, Pittsburgh has gotten a boost fr om the return of captain Sidney Crosby, who has scored a goal in each of his three games, two of them wins, since returning from sports hernia surgery, with six points in all. His three goals include his team's lone one against Boston and the overtime one at Detroit."It's very impressive," Sullivan said. "For most guys, there's a period of adjustment back to the speed of the NHL game, and Sid missed an extended period of time. But if you are asking if I'm surprised, the answer would be no because I watch his work ethic every day and how he prepares himself to get back into the lineup." --Field Level Media

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

NBA Game Recap: Los Angeles Lakers (124) vs. Houston Rockets (115) - 1/18/2020

NBA Game Recap: Los Angeles Lakers (124) vs. Houston Rockets (115) - Date: 1/18/2020 Jan 19, 2020HOUSTON The Los Angeles Lakers were determined to start the second half of their season on a high note following a loss that snapped a nine-game winning streak.They were able to do that by riding a big third quarter to a 124-115 win over the Houston Rockets.LeBron James had 31 points and 12 assists for the Lakers, who lost to Orlando on Wednesday night.“We hated the loss that we had the other night against Orlando," James said. “So we had a couple of days to kind of just reshape, refocus and start the second half of the season the right way, and we did that tonight." The loss was the third straight for the Rockets, which tied a season high, and they have dropped four of five.“We're just not playing well right now," coach Mike D'Antoni said. “We haven't played well for a couple of wee ks. And the only way you can get out of it is play hard, keep your head down and just go forward." Kyle Kuzma scored 23 points, and Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope each had 20 for the Lakers.Russell Westbrook scored 35 points for his fourth straight 30-point game and James Harden had 34 for the Rockets, who also lost three in a row in late November.Harden is confident the Rockets can break out of their funk.“Everybody throughout the course of your career has been through some tough times and the only way you can get through them is continue to work and continue to go hard and mentally lock in and just try to be as solid as possible,” Harden said.James was impressed with the work Kuzma did against Westbrook in the second half when he was held to 13 points.“Kuz just kept his body in front of him and made him take tough shots," James said. “He made a couple but Kuz made it tough on him, so that helped changed the game for us." Los Angeles didn't lead in the first half but used a 32-point third quarter to take a nine-point lead into the fourth.Houston used a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 10 with about seven minutes left, but the Lakers scored the next six points to extend it to 110-94 midway through the quarter. Handicapper Directory. That sent many Rockets fans streaming for the exits and caused a large contingent of Lakers fans to start chanting, “Let's go Lakers.”The Rockets did not get closer than seven points the rest of the way.The Lakers opened the second half with a 10-3 run to take their first lead of the game, 69-68, with about eight minutes left in the third quarter. James capped that run by making a basket and then added another one seconds later after JaVale McGee blocked a dunk attempt by Clint Capela. McGee beat his chest and screamed after in Capela's direction after the play and received a technical foul f or taunting.“We picked up our intensity," Dwight Howard said. “Then JaVale got some big blocks, which got us out in the open court. So we've just got to make sure we continue to do that." There were about seven minutes left in the third when Westbrook and Anthony Davis, who missed the game with an injury, both received technical fouls for jawing at each other.The Lakers led by three later in the third when Kuzma scored the first four points of a 9-2 run that stretched the lead to 85-75.Houston had a chance to cut the deficit at the end of the third quarter, but Westbrook missed two free throws to leave the Lakers up 91-82 entering the fourth.TIP-INSLakers: Davis missed a fifth straight game with a bruised backside. ... Howard received a technical foul early in the third quarter for yelling at Houston players from the bench. ... Kuzma went to the locker room briefly in the third quarter to get his left ankle re-taped and returned to start the fourth. Rockets: Westbrook is the first Rocket besides Harden to score 30 points in four straight games since Tracy McGrady did it in six games in a row in the 2006-07 season. ... Eric Gordon had 13 points. ... Capela had 12 rebounds.HE SAID ITJames on what it meant to have so many Laker fans in Houston on Saturday night: “It's very humbling. And it's something that you really can't explain unless you're involved in it." UP NEXTLakers: Visit Boston on Monday.Rockets: Host Oklahoma City on Monday.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/-Sports

NBA Game Recap: Orlando Magic (95) vs. Golden State Warriors (109) - 1/18/2020

NBA Game Recap: Orlando Magic (95) vs. Golden State Warriors (109) - Date: 1/18/2020 Jan 18, 2020SAN FRANCISCO With wins so hard to come by for the injury-plagued Warriors, every one means a little more now to coach Steve Kerr. Track Handicappers. The Golden State of old just expected to pile up victories - and now things are completely the opposite with Kevin Durant having departed for Brooklyn and Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson sidelined.D'Angelo Russell scored 26 points and dished out a season-high 12 assists, and the Warriors snapped their longest losing streak in nearly 18 years at 10 games by beating the Orlando Magic 109-95 on Saturday night.''We've had a couple of long losing streaks that are really, really difficult to live with,'' Kerr said. ''You just feel bad for the players and the organization , people who are working so hard every day. You want to see everybody happy and you want to see the fans happy. I thought today meant a lot to the group, to the players, but I could tell it meant a lot to the fans, too. Inside Info. They were really happy, so you just need to win and keep things moving forward, even if you're 10-34 like we are. You've got to win one occasionally to keep the spirit up. I think that's what made today such a good win.'' Jordan Poole scored 21 points off the bench and Eric Paschall had 20 points and nine rebounds as Golden State also ended a five-game skid at home.Markelle Fultz scored 23 points to lead the Magic, who came in with two close victories in three games on their West Coast swing.Forward Aaron Gordon summed up coach Steve Clifford's message: The Magic didn't compete.''We played soft, not enough energy and we've just got to play better, especially the starting unit,'' Gordon said.The Warriors' 10-game skid was their longest winless stretch since also dropping 10 in a row from March 9-24, 2002.Russell and rookie Poole each hit four 3-pointers, and Poole scored in double figures for his career-best fourth straight game and 13th in all this season. He recently returned from a stint in the G League and has been far more consistent with his shot.The Warriors were down to nine players again with Draymond Green sitting out because of a sprained left index finger. It's the sixth game he has missed this season with the injury. Golden State lost guard Jacob Evans III to a concussion on Tuesday night against Dallas.The Warriors have won eight of 10 at home against the Magic and seven straight.''All we can do with the amount of guys we have and the amount of experience we have, we just have to keep on going into these games and learning from them and not reverting back to stuff that causes us t o lose games,'' center Willie Cauley-Stein said. ''It's building on the intensity, building on taking care of the ball, building on while they're up in transition not giving up easy buckets. Handicapper Return on Investment. The last couple games we've doing that and we finally got that W.'' Evan Fournier scored 12 points in 32 minutes for Orlando. He went through a warm-up to determine whether he had regained enough strength to play after he was sick and in bed all day Friday.Orlando hit five of its first eight shots with two 3s by Fournier and jumped out to a 13-0 lead as Golden State missed its initial seven shots - four from deep - and committed three turnovers before Poole's 3 at the 7:10 mark of the first quarter. The Warriors warmed up and got back within 15-13, then led 28-25 at the end of the initial quarter.''He just immediately changed the momentum,' 9; Kerr said of Poole.WELCOME BACKThompson had his jersey retired at halftime of Washington State's home game against Oregon State on Saturday in Pullman, Washington. Curry made the trip to rural Washington on the private plane of Warriors owner Joe Lacob, who also had Zaza Pachulia along. Of the trip, Lacob said, ''It was great!''''We had such a great day and so happy for Klay. Fans were incredible!'' Pachulia said in a text message.Curry returned to the Warriors bench early in the second quarter and worked as a sideline reporter in the third quarter. His nametag read: ''Stephen Curry Overpaid Sideline Reporter.'' ''Pullman was unbelievable,'' Curry said. ''Obviously it was about Klay and getting a taste of where he's from, what made him who he is. You can tell why he talks about it with such high regard because of how they celebrated him today. At the end of the day he has his jersey in the raf ters so he's an immortal. I like the Cali weather. Pullman was nice but I'm going to stick with the Cali weather.'' TIP-INSMagic: The Magic beat Golden State 100-96 in Orlando on Dec. 1 but haven't won on the Warriors' home floor since a 102-94 victory on Dec. 3, 2012 - with Nikola Vucevic the only current Magic player in that game. ... G D. J. Augustin did not play for the fourth time in five games because of a bruised left knee. ... G Michael Carter-Williams returned from a 13-game absence with a sprained left shoulder to play 14 minutes and score seven points.Warriors: Green isn't expected to miss much time. ''Shouldn't be out long. I guess it happened in the last game,'' Kerr said. ''He should be good to go in Portland.'' ... The Warriors are 7-15 at Chase Center in their inaugural season there, including 2-5 vs. the Eastern Conference.UP NEXTMagic: At Charlotte on Monday night before returning home for thr ee games.Warriors: At Portland on Monday night. They have lost their last two and five of eight on the Trail Blazers' home court.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/-Sports