VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
BOX/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Kerr takes backseat, Warriors blast Suns

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) With the grind of a long NBA season wearing on his team, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr believed it was time for his players to hear a new voice in the huddle: their own.

Advertisement

Kerr turned over most of the coaching duties to his players on Monday night and they responded in fine fashion, playing with more focus than they had in recent weeks in a 129-83 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

''It's the players' team,'' Kerr said. ''It's their team and they have to take ownership of it. As coaches, our job is to nudge them in the right direction, guide them. We don't control them. They determine their own fate. I don't think we've focused well the last month. It just seemed like the right thing to do.''

Kerr said he told the players of his plan after the previous game and they ran the show for most of the day. Andre Iguodala took over at morning shootaround, JaVale McGee ran the computer for the film session and Iguodala, Draymond Green and David West got most of the work designing plays and running the huddle during timeouts.

Kerr and his assistants handled the substitutions before allowing the players to take over from there.

''It had to do with me trying to reach my team and I have not reached them the last month,'' Kerr said. ''They're tired of my voice. I'm tired of my voice. I wasn't reaching them so we figured this was a good night to pull something out of the hat.''

After the game, Kerr made a point of seeking out Phoenix interim coach Jay Triano to tell him the move wasn't made out of any disrespect for the Suns, who became the first team to reach 40 losses this season.

''You have to do what you have to do to build your own team up,'' Triano said. ''If he thinks that helps them, I tip my hat.''

Stephen Curry scored 22 points for the Warriors. Omri Casspi added 19 in a rare start in place of the injured Green and Kevin Durant had 17 as Golden State won its 12th straight in the series, its longest active streak against any team.

Elfrid Payton scored 29 points in his second game since being acquired at the trade deadline from Orlando, but Phoenix still lost its sixth straight and 11th in the past 12 games.

''We have to keep fighting,'' Payton said. ''We can't hang our heads. That's the great thing about the NBA, there's another game in two days. So learn from it, get better ready to have a better effort.''

Payton scored 16 points in the first quarter before Curry got on the scoreboard, but he got little help. Payton made his first seven shots, but his teammates started 1 for 15 and the Warriors managed to take a 25-24 lead by the end of the first after being outscored by 32 points in the first quarter of the previous three games.

Curry scored 10 points in the second quarter as Golden State built a 17-point lead at the half and coasted the rest of the way.

''We have so many smart basketball minds on our team,'' Casspi said. ''The guys really used this opportunity to run things they like.''

TIP-INS

Suns: G Devin Booker (hip pointer) missed his fourth straight game, and G Tyler Ulis (back) sat for the second straight game. ... Phoenix has lost 12 straight in Oakland, last winning here on Feb. 7, 2011.

Warriors: G Patrick McCaw, who has been spending time in the G League between NBA games trying to get his confidence back, scored nine points in the second quarter after having just eight in the previous 10 games. He then left the game with a sprained right wrist.

QUOTABLE

''I was horrible actually. I thought about a play and forgot the second option and had two guys on the wrong place on the board and I actually got a delay of game coming out of halftime because I was scrambling,'' Curry said about his role as a coach.

FATHER-SON

Curry's 22 points gave him and his father, Dell, a combined 28,883 points in their careers, tying Rick and Brent Barry for the third-most ever by a father-son combination, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Joe and Kobe Bryant have the most of any duo with 38,895 (33,643 from Kobe).

UP NEXT

Suns: Visit Utah on Wednesday.

Warriors: Visit Portland on Wednesday.

---

More NBA basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

Copyright 2019 by STATS LLC.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express
written consent of STATS LLC is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
· News: Win Total Betting Update
· Harden drops 48, Rockets nip Lakers in OT
· Murray, Jokic lead Nuggets past Cavs
· Hield lifts Kings to victory over Pistons
· George lifts Thunder past 76ers 117-115
· Celtics rally in 4th quarter, top Hawks
· Pacers D shuts down Doncic, Mavs in win
· Bledsoe drops 30, Bucks hold off Magic
· Green leads Raptors rout of Grizz, 119-90
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NBA Hot Streaks
4-0 Run, 20-6 G-Plays, +1,755 TY
11-1 Last 12 NBA Selections
6-2 L2 Days, 36-17 L53 G-Plays
5-0 Record Last 3 Days
8-4 L12 Picks, 6-1 L7 G-Plays
8-2 L10 G-Plays, +1,059 TY
12-5 Last NBA Totals
32-17 L49 Totals, +2,747 TY
3-0 Guarantees, 10-5 L15 Picks
4-0 L4 Over/Under Plays
4-1 L5 Picks, 14-7 L21 Totals
3-1 Last 4 NBA Picks
8-4 L12 G-Plays, 11-6 L17 Picks
7-2 Record Last 5 Days
+2,100 NBA This Season
7-3 Last 10 Selections
9-3 L12 Totals, 10-4 L14 Picks
8-3 Record Saturday
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Sports Picks - Phoenix Suns at Minnesota Timberwolves
2018 NBA SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Alex Smart + 2747
Doc's Sports + 2100
Stephen Nover + 1755
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Ben Burns + 590
NeiltheGreek + 455
Joe Williams + 401
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Stephen Nover 60 %
Scott Pritchard 59 %
Kyle Hunter 58 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Matt Fargo + 1116
Joe Nelson + 1105
Stephen Nover + 872
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Alex Smart + 1490
John Fisher + 845
Scott Pritchard + 589
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
The Gold Sheet + 1363
Jimmy Boyd + 1107
Antony Dinero + 1051
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, SAVE 10% off a Live Odds Pro subscription, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership