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Curry moves up Warriors' scoring charts in win over Cavs

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State took another step toward securing the top seed in the West, yet coach Steve Kerr has some legitimate concerns as the Warriors close in on the postseason.

Specifically, Kerr is bothered by the Warriors' turnovers and rebounding, two issues that cropped up again and turned what looked to be another blowout into a closer-than-needed 120-114 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.

Draymond Green understands Kerr's reasoning, but thinks the two-time defending NBA champs will be just fine once the playoffs begin.

Stephen Curry scored 40 points to move into third place on Golden State's career list, and the Warriors won despite Golden State's 13 turnovers and getting outrebounded 12-4 by the Cavs on the offensive end.

''It's just a focus thing,'' Green said of the Warriors' inconsistencies. ''When you're playing against teams that don't quite match up talent-wise and are not really playing for anything, it's hard to keep that focus. It hasn't bothered me one bit because we've locked in at stretches and we've had that focus for stretches, and that's important.''

The game had a lot less hype than previous seasons when the Warriors and Cavaliers squared off in four straight NBA Finals. While Golden State is headed back to the postseason for a possible third consecutive championship, Cleveland is limping to the finish with hopes of getting the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

That's why Kerr seemed so bothered by his team's breakdowns.

''They had about 17 or 18 more possessions than we did,'' Kerr said. ''That's kind of our specialty. We like to give other teams an advantage and then have to shoot our way out of it.''

Green had 20 points and eight rebounds, Kevin Durant added 15 points and eight assists, and Quinn Cook scored 14 to help the Warriors (55-24) inch closer to clinching the Western Conference in their second-to-last regular-season game at Oracle Arena.

With 16,283 points, Curry trails only Wilt Chamberlain (17,783) and Rick Barry (16,447) on the Warriors' career scoring charts.

The Warriors need one more win or a loss by Denver to secure the top spot and home court advantage in the West.

Curry is a big reason why Golden State is back on top despite a sometimes tumultuous season. The two-time MVP made 9 of 12 3s and had seven assists in the wire-to-wire win, the Warriors' ninth consecutive over the Cavaliers.

''You knew Steph was going to have a good night because he had a tough night last night,'' Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. ''He rarely has an off night two nights in a row. He was great right from the outset tonight.''

Collin Sexton scored 27 points, one night after becoming the third rookie in Cavaliers history to reach 1,300 points. Cleveland has lost seven straight.

''I thought our guys did a good job of continuing to compete and taking the ball to the basket,'' Cavs coach Larry Drew said. ''We recognize the fact of where we are and who we are at this particular stage. But again, the most important thing is that we continue to plat at a high level, and we did that tonight.''

Golden State led by 21, then had to hold off a late flurry by Cleveland.

Larry Nance Jr. scored seven points as part of a 12-4 run. Then, Sexton scored on a 3-pointer and reverse layup to pull the Cavs within three points at 115-112.

Curry made his ninth 3-pointer, then added two free throws with 7.4 seconds remaining.

GETTING THE GOLD

Green presented Nick Young with his championship ring from last season during a ceremony before the game, but the celebration lasted longer than expected and the Warriors were issued a warning for delay of game before tip-off.

''The last two years, we've had five or six of those celebrations and it usually spills over,'' Curry said. ''I wish (the referee) would have just gave it to Nick Young because he was taking his sweet time, as he should have.''

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Brandon Knight was called for a technical foul in the third quarter. ... Thompson returned to the lineup after getting a day off Thursday in Sacramento. ... Matthew Dellavedova remains in concussion protocol.

Warriors: Klay Thompson scored 11 points and went 1 of 7 on 3s. ... DeMarcus Cousins (load management) and Andre Igoudala (sore left toe) were held out.

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: Host San Antonio on Sunday.

Warriors: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Violation  
12:00   Jumpball  
11:50 +3 Draymond Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 0-3
11:25   Collin Sexton missed jump shot  
11:22   Defensive rebound by Andrew Bogut  
11:13 +3 Draymond Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Klay Thompson 0-6
10:46   Cedi Osman missed jump shot  
10:41   Defensive rebound by Andrew Bogut  
10:36   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:32   Defensive rebound by Collin Sexton  
10:18   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
10:16   Brandon Knight missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:14   Offensive rebound by Cedi Osman  
10:14 +2 Cedi Osman made dunk 2-6
10:14   Shooting foul on Andrew Bogut  
10:14 +1 Cedi Osman made free throw 3-6
10:02 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 3-8
9:52 +2 Tristan Thompson made floating jump shot, assist by Collin Sexton 5-8
9:30   Defensive rebound by Cedi Osman  
9:28 +2 Cedi Osman made finger-roll layup 7-8
9:18   Personal foul on Larry Nance Jr.  
9:12 +2 Andrew Bogut made driving dunk, assist by Stephen Curry 7-10
8:57   Defensive rebound by Andrew Bogut  
8:48   Stephen Curry missed reverse layup  
8:45   Offensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
8:43 +2 Stephen Curry made layup 7-12
8:28 +2 Tristan Thompson made hook shot 9-12
8:15 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot 9-14
7:48   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
7:37   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:34   Defensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr.  
7:10   Andrew Bogut missed hook shot  
7:08   Defensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
6:51   Collin Sexton missed fade-away jump shot  
6:47   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
6:44 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 9-17
6:21   Jumpball  
6:21   Lost ball turnover on Tristan Thompson, stolen by Draymond Green  
5:58   Jordan Clarkson missed hook shot  
5:53   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
5:50   Traveling violation turnover on Klay Thompson  
5:16   Shooting foul on Collin Sexton  
5:16 +1 Stephen Curry made 2nd of 3 free throws 9-19
5:16 +1 Stephen Curry made 3rd of 3 free throws 9-20
4:58 +3 Collin Sexton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Clarkson 12-20
4:40 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 12-23
4:20   Out of bounds turnover on Larry Nance Jr.  
4:07   Stephen Curry missed jump shot  
4:03   Defensive rebound by David Nwaba  
3:47   Out of bounds turnover on Stephen Curry  
3:28 +1 Ante Zizic made 1st of 2 free throws 15-23
3:28 +1 Ante Zizic made 2nd of 2 free throws 16-23
3:14 +2 Kevon Looney made dunk, assist by Kevin Durant 16-25
2:51   David Nwaba missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:48   Offensive rebound by Ante Zizic  
2:47 +2 Ante Zizic made dunk 18-25
2:20   Offensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
2:20 +2 Kevon Looney made dunk 18-27
2:07   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
1:58 +2 Kevin Durant made fade-away jump shot 18-29
1:43 +2 Ante Zizic made layup, assist by David Nwaba 20-29
1:25   Alfonzo McKinnie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:21   Defensive rebound by Ante Zizic  
1:06   Jordan Clarkson missed layup  
1:05   Offensive rebound by Ante Zizic  
1:05   Shooting foul on Shaun Livingston  
1:05 +1 Ante Zizic made 1st of 2 free throws 21-29
1:05 +1 Ante Zizic made 2nd of 2 free throws 22-29
0:53 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 22-32
0:45   Personal foul  
0:45 +1 Nik Stauskas made 2nd of 2 free throws 24-32
0:36   Turnover on Kevon Looney  
0:23 +2 David Nwaba made finger-roll layup 26-32
0:07 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Shaun Livingston 26-35
0:07   Shooting foul on Brandon Knight  
0:07 +1 Stephen Curry made free throw 26-36
0:02   CLE team rebound  
0:02   Violation  
0:01   Jordan Clarkson missed jump shot, blocked by Stephen Curry  
0:00   CLE team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:38   Defensive rebound by Jonas Jerebko  
11:08   Personal foul on Quinn Cook  
10:51 +3 Quinn Cook made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Klay Thompson 26-41
10:31 +2 Brandon Knight made fade-away jump shot 28-41
10:15 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot, assist by Jordan Bell 28-43
9:58   Offensive rebound by David Nwaba  
9:57   Marquese Chriss missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:56   GS team rebound  
9:16 +2 Nik Stauskas made driving layup, assist by Brandon Knight 30-45
9:03   Personal foul on Brandon Knight  
8:57   Jordan Bell missed dunk  
8:31   Defensive rebound by Brandon Knight  
8:27   Shooting foul on Jordan Bell  
8:27 +1 Marquese Chriss made 1st of 2 free throws 31-45
8:14   Quinn Cook missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:10   Defensive rebound by David Nwaba  
8:05   Personal foul on Jonas Jerebko  
8:01 +2 Brandon Knight made jump shot 34-45
7:42   Lost ball turnover on Kevin Durant, stolen by Marquese Chriss  
7:40   Personal foul on Klay Thompson  
7:29 +2 Jordan Clarkson made floating jump shot 36-45
7:12   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:09   Defensive rebound by David Nwaba  
7:04 +2 David Nwaba made layup 38-45
6:47 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 38-47
6:26   Brandon Knight missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:22   Defensive rebound by Jordan Bell  
6:13 +3 Quinn Cook made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Bell 38-50
5:47 +2 Jordan Clarkson made jump shot 40-50
5:28   Kevin Durant missed fade-away jump shot  
5:24   Defensive rebound by David Nwaba  
5:22   Out of bounds turnover on David Nwaba  
5:01   Defensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr.  
4:50   Tristan Thompson missed hook shot  
4:46   Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry  
4:37 +3 Jonas Jerebko made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 40-53
4:20   Collin Sexton missed driving layup, blocked by Kevin Durant  
4:19   CLE team rebound  
4:15   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
3:42   Defensive rebound by Cedi Osman  
3:36   Bad pass turnover on Cedi Osman, stolen by Kevin Durant  
3:31 +2 Stephen Curry made layup, assist by Quinn Cook 40-55
3:17   Personal foul on Stephen Curry  
3:17   Turnover on Stephen Curry  
3:17 +1 Collin Sexton made 1st of 2 free throws 41-55
3:03   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:03   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:59   Defensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
2:52   Jordan Clarkson missed jump shot, blocked by Klay Thompson  
2:39   Offensive rebound by Andrew Bogut  
2:39 +2 Andrew Bogut made dunk 42-57
2:12   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
2:11   Kevin Durant missed dunk  
1:51 +2 Larry Nance Jr. made alley-oop shot, assist by Collin Sexton 44-57
1:34   Collin Sexton missed floating jump shot  
1:33   Offensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
1:30   Tristan Thompson missed hook shot  
1:29   Offensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr.  
1:19 +2 Draymond Green made floating jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 46-62
1:06   Personal foul on Andrew Bogut  
1:06   Tristan Thompson missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:06   CLE team rebound  
1:06 +1 Tristan Thompson made 2nd of 2 free throws 47-62
0:51   Defensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
0:47   Cedi Osman missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:43   Offensive rebound by Cedi Osman  
0:34   Personal foul on Draymond Green  
0:34 +1 Collin Sexton made 1st of 2 free throws 48-62
0:34 +1 Collin Sexton made 2nd of 2 free throws 49-62
0:28 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 49-65
0:10   Collin Sexton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:06   Defensive rebound by Andrew Bogut  
0:04   Personal foul on Cedi Osman  
0:00 +3 Quinn Cook made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 49-68
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:45   Personal foul on Kevin Durant  
11:32 +2 Tristan Thompson made hook shot, assist by Collin Sexton 51-68
10:57   Tristan Thompson missed hook shot, blocked by Andrew Bogut  
10:52   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
10:50 +3 Draymond Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 51-71
10:30   Larry Nance Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:07 +2 Collin Sexton made finger-roll layup, assist by Brandon Knight 53-71
9:54   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
9:48 +2 Andrew Bogut made hook shot 53-73
9:23 +2 Brandon Knight made jump shot 55-73
8:59 +2 Cedi Osman made running Jump Shot, assist by Larry Nance Jr. 57-76
8:44   Defensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr.  
8:40 +2 Larry Nance Jr. made finger-roll layup 59-76
8:35   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
8:35 +1 Stephen Curry made free throw 59-77
8:24   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
8:17 +2 Collin Sexton made layup, assist by Tristan Thompson 61-77
8:07   Shooting foul on Larry Nance Jr.  
8:07 +1 Draymond Green made free throw 61-80
7:52   Brandon Knight missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:47   Defensive rebound by Andrew Bogut  
7:38 +2 Draymond Green made driving layup, assist by Stephen Curry 61-82
7:18   Shooting foul on Andrew Bogut  
7:15   Bad pass turnover on Draymond Green, stolen by Collin Sexton  
7:09 +2 Collin Sexton made floating jump shot 66-82
6:40 +2 Collin Sexton made jump shot 68-84
6:27 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Stephen Curry 68-87
6:03 +2 Tristan Thompson made hook shot, assist by Brandon Knight 70-87
5:51 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 70-89
5:34   Shooting foul on Andrew Bogut  
5:34 +1 Tristan Thompson made 1st of 2 free throws 71-89
5:34 +1 Tristan Thompson made 2nd of 2 free throws 72-89
5:16   Kevon Looney missed jump shot, blocked by Larry Nance Jr.  
5:00   Stephen Curry missed jump shot  
4:57   Defensive rebound by Jordan Clarkson  
4:56   Shooting foul on Kevin Durant  
4:56 +1 Tristan Thompson made 1st of 2 free throws 73-89
4:56   Tristan Thompson missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
4:56   GS team rebound  
4:50   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:46   Defensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr.  
4:21 +3 Collin Sexton made 3-pt. jump shot 76-89
3:58   Collin Sexton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:28   Offensive foul on Larry Nance Jr.  
3:28   Turnover on Larry Nance Jr.  
3:02 +3 Cedi Osman made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Clarkson 79-94
2:44 +3 Stephen Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 79-97
2:24   David Nwaba missed fade-away jump shot  
2:17   Brandon Knight missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:11 +3 Jordan Clarkson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by David Nwaba 82-97
1:58   Defensive rebound by Cedi Osman  
1:35   Ante Zizic missed hook shot  
1:32   Defensive rebound by Damion Lee  
1:23 +2 Draymond Green made driving layup 82-99
1:00   Ante Zizic missed hook shot  
0:50   CLE team rebound  
0:39   Shooting foul on Draymond Green  
0:39 +1 David Nwaba made 1st of 2 free throws 83-99
0:24   Damion Lee missed jump shot  
0:00   CLE team rebound  

4th Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:44   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
11:34 +2 Ante Zizic made layup, assist by David Nwaba 86-99
11:14   Lost ball turnover on Jordan Bell, stolen by Nik Stauskas  
11:04 +3 Jordan Clarkson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Nik Stauskas 89-99
10:21   Brandon Knight missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:17   Defensive rebound by Alfonzo McKinnie  
9:59   Defensive rebound by Nik Stauskas  
9:56   Nik Stauskas missed jump shot  
9:51   Defensive rebound by Quinn Cook  
9:38 +3 Quinn Cook made 3-pt. fade-away jump shot, assist by Alfonzo McKinnie 89-102
9:25   Offensive rebound by Ante Zizic  
9:24   Brandon Knight missed layup, blocked by Alfonzo McKinnie  
9:24   CLE team rebound  
9:18   Nik Stauskas missed driving layup  
9:17   Defensive rebound by Alfonzo McKinnie  
9:10 +2 Quinn Cook made layup 89-104
8:44 +2 David Nwaba made driving layup, assist by Jordan Clarkson 91-104
8:36 +2 Jordan Bell made alley-oop shot, assist by Quinn Cook 91-106
8:18 +2 jump shot 93-106
8:01   Jonas Jerebko missed hook shot  
7:59   Personal foul on Jonas Jerebko  
7:42   Ante Zizic missed reverse layup  
7:38   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
7:12   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
6:52   Personal foul on Jonas Jerebko  
6:44   Personal foul on Jonas Jerebko  
6:33   Cedi Osman missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:18 +2 Collin Sexton made layup, assist by Larry Nance Jr. 95-109
5:57 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 95-111
5:42 +3 Larry Nance Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Cedi Osman 98-111
5:06 +2 Larry Nance Jr. made hook shot, assist by Cedi Osman 100-113
4:51   Defensive rebound by David Nwaba  
4:36 +2 David Nwaba made jump shot 102-113
4:25   Bad pass turnover on Stephen Curry, stolen by Larry Nance Jr.  
4:21 +2 David Nwaba made jump shot 105-113
4:00   Bad pass turnover on Kevin Durant, stolen by Larry Nance Jr.  
3:55   Collin Sexton missed jump shot  
3:56   Offensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr.  
3:32 +2 Kevin Durant made fade-away jump shot 107-115
2:52 +2 Collin Sexton made reverse layup 112-115
2:24   Defensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr.  
2:13   Collin Sexton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:01