The annual NBA game in London seemingly came a year too soon for the New York Knicks. 

Steve Kerr described the Golden State Warriors' record-breaking 51-point first quarter against the Denver Nuggets as "a fireworks show".

The Golden State Warriors had an impressive first quarter on Tuesday, breaking an NBA record.

Stephen Curry went third on the all-time three-point field goals list in the Golden State Warriors' 146-109 thumping of the Chicago Bulls and hopes to get the game ball signed by the two players left for him to surpass.

Two-time MVP Curry hit five of his 11 attempts from beyond the arc to move past Jason Terry's tally of 2,282 three pointers, leaving just Reggie Miller (2,560) and Ray Allen (2,973) in front of him.

The 30-year-old was proud of his "special accomplishment" and wants the leading duo to help him commemorate the occasion with a special souvenir.

"I did [keep the game ball]. I'm gonna try to send it to Reggie and Ray to get them to sign it for me," said Curry.

"It's just a special accomplishment, in terms of two guys that I know are trendsetters in stretching the imagination of the three-point game, doing it for many, many, many years, and people that I looked up to as a young kid playing the game.

"Obviously with my dad [Dell Curry] sparked a love of shooting the basketball - to look up on the list and obviously I want to catch them and put together many more years at this pace, but just knowing those two guys are right in front of me, it's a special moment, for sure.

"Because I respect the game, I respect what guys have done before, and those two guys - those are guys I looked up to."

Warriors team-mate Kevin Durant has no doubt Curry, who he feels displays "artistry" on the court, will eventually top the list.

"It's definitely cool, but we all knew he was going to break the record," said Durant.

"He's set such a high standard, a high bar. It is cool, but you got what, another season or two before you get to the number one spot, and then you're going to shatter that record, so I'm waiting for that.

"He just brings out the best in everybody. When your best players work hard, then everybody has to follow their blueprint.

"When you've got somebody like Steph who has a supreme skill, since we're talking about his jump shot at this point, that doesn't come by just his dad being Dell Curry and he passed those powers down. He worked on that, and he continues to work on that.

"And it's a joy to see, and to see the production out on the floor and how he ties everything together, it's just pure artistry."

Kevin Durant has "no clue" where talk of a free-agency move to the New York Knicks has come from, but the Golden State Warriors star believes "life will figure itself out".

The Knicks have been linked with a move for the 2014 NBA MVP, who could opt out of his current deal at the end of the season.

Durant says he is not thinking about his future as he focuses on the Warriors' quest to win a third consecutive NBA title.

"I have no clue where that stuff comes from, I just focus on playing ball every single day," said the 30-year-old.

"I can't control what people say about me or what they say about my future or what I should do, but I just come to work every single day and life will figure itself out from here."

Klay Thompson top scored with 43 points as the Warriors beat the Knicks 122-95 to snap a three-game home losing streak on Tuesday, and Durant said the defending champions never had any concerns about the guard.

"It's good to see him knocking down shots, for sure, but nobody is worried about him," Durant said of Thompson.

"He's Klay Thompson, he can get it going at any time, so we just want him to keep shooting and keep being aggressive, which he'll always do. But it's not like we're looking at his hands and saying, 'Welcome back, we miss you'. But it definitely turns up a notch when Klay is on fire like that."

Durant also welcomed the news that DeMarcus Cousins could make his first appearance of the season on what head coach Steve Kerr said should be "somewhere in the neighbourhood" of the January 18 game at the Los Angeles Clippers.

"Just seeing him progress since he's been here, he's been putting in a lot of work on his rehab, but I don't know what to expect at his first game. We're just happy that he's going to be out there." Durant said.

Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant both took the blame after the Golden State Warriors lost again, this time to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Having "laid an egg", in the words of Curry, on Christmas Day against the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State (23-13) were beaten again in front of their fans on Thursday, going down 110-109 in overtime.

Damian Lillard nailed a three-pointer with six seconds left to give the Trail Blazers (20-15) a lead, capitalising on Curry's seventh turnover, before Durant missed a potential game-winner from 13 feet as time expired.

"Obviously I wish I would have taken care of our possession on my end and not let [Lillard] get that opportunity," Curry said. 

"So obviously that's on me. A lot of different reasons [for our form]. Injuries and mixed line-ups. Now we've got close to a full squad, just trying to get our momentum back. But I guess if it's not one thing it's another night to night.

"We're getting teams' best shots so we got to fight our way through it, just claw and scratch and get to that 48-minute level that we dominate teams - we can get there."

While Durant added: "It's a shot I work on every day. I'm p***** I missed that one and I've got to make that shot. I've got to make it, plain and simple. It's difficult when we miss shots, especially wide open ones."

The Warriors also missed nine of their first 11 free throws, Durant branding that "unacceptable", though despite his late miss he had a triple-double of 26 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, while Curry top-scored with 29.

Durant continued: "We have got to keep our heads when we miss the good shots and know that we generate good shots that's what we want. Down the line we will eventually get them if we are generating open looks.

"I don't like how we got down on ourselves when we miss the shots, but I thought our defense was really great.

"Damian Lillard is a Hall of Famer. So if he gets a look down two on the road, you know he pulling."

Lillard, who is from Oakland, relished playing the starring role in what, unless the teams meet in the playoffs, will be his last appearance at Oracle Arena before the Warriors move to a new stadium in San Francisco.

The two teams will meet again, this time in Portland, for a rematch on Saturday.

"That's a hell of a way to go out," Lillard said after scoring 21. "We needed this win. It was a big game for us, especially having to play them two times in a row, having to play such a solid game. That was a great win.

"I represent this city, so when I come here I want to represent myself well. I grew up coming here. It's a pleasure to be able to be a fan and then to be able to [during] my first seven years of my career come and play here in front of my family and friends.

"You wish [the stadium move] wasn't happening. You know how much it means to the city of Oakland to have something positive happening, especially with the team having so much success right now. So it's sad to see them moving on. It's unfortunate but it happens."

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James disagrees with the Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant.

Durant said earlier this month that playing on a team with James is a "toxic" environment.

But, James told ESPN on Monday he does not believe those comments are true.

"I don't feel like it's ever been toxic around me," James said. "And when I hear 'toxic', I automatically thought, 'toxic' is like you don't want to be around that because it's almost like a fatal disease."

James said he and his family were angry when they initially heard about Durant’s comments.

However, James said he received a phone call from Durant where "he apologised [for] how it came out".

"We talked about it," James said. "He mentioned how he felt and how he felt the story took a twist. And as a man, I don't hold on to things too long. I'm too happy in my life right now, and I don't hold on to anything that will take away from my happiness."

James is averaging 27.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game in his first season in Los Angeles. He has shot 51.8 per cent from the field and 36 per cent from three-point range.

James and Durant will matchup for the first time in 2018-19 when the Lakers (19-14) face the Warriors (23-11) on Tuesday.

Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant is looking to "play basketball and stack money" heading into free agency.

Durant can opt out of his contract and become a free agent after this season amid links with LeBron James' Los Angeles Lakers.

The 30-year-old Warriors forward spoke about his plans for the future during an appearance on the Posted Up with Chris Haynes podcast.

"I just want to make sure I get as much money as I can on my next deal, so I can stack up my money and figure it out," Durant said.

Durant was recruited heavily by his Warriors team-mates when he first signed with Golden State from the Oklahoma City Thunder in July 2016.

But, Durant said he wants the situation to be different this time around.

"I want to dictate the environment that I want to be in," Durant said. "You can't give me the bells and whistles. I would rather see what you do on a day-to-day basis. That stuff really doesn't impress me.

"I just want to see if you're a real person, if you are going to hold people accountable every day. Are we all coming to work and enjoying basketball every day? Yeah, that's exactly what I'm getting here [with the Warriors]."

Durant has won back-to-back NBA titles and Finals MVP awards in his two full seasons with the Warriors. The nine-time All-Star is averaging 29 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in 2018-19.

The Warriors will face the Lakers on Tuesday. They will enter that matchup with a 23-11 record.

Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant appears set to face the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day, after insisting an ankle injury he sustained on Sunday is not problematic.

Durant rolled his left ankle in the first quarter of his team's dramatic 129-127 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, but was nevertheless able to play a huge role in his side's success - contributing 35 points and 12 rebounds.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he did not think Durant's injury was "anything serious" and the 30-year-old confirmed as much in a post-game news conference.

Asked how his ankle was holding up, Durant simply replied: "Good. I'm good."

Golden State's latest win - against opponents who poured in 18 three-pointers - was secured in the final second of the fourth quarter, courtesy of a basket from Stephen Curry that gave him 42 points for the evening.

"There wasn't any hesitation on that play - it's just knowing what you want to do and trying to execute," said Curry, who also hailed the role of Draymond Green in his game-winning score.

Earlier in the contest, Curry was involved in a brief altercation with Patrick Beverley, which saw the Clippers guard react angrily to his opponent celebrating an offensive rebound with a 'flexing' celebration.

Both players received technicals as a result, but Curry insisted he was not looking to antagonise Beverley.

"He [the referee] said I flexed at Patrick, which was a misinterpretation of what I was doing," said Curry, who prompted laughter by adding. "I flex as a joke all the time. Obviously I have nothing really to work with."

Curry continued: "I was looking at the ground and kind of celebrating an offensive rebound, which I rarely get. He just happened to be standing there and had a reaction to it. I told Pat, 'you got to do what you got to do if you felt that was directed at you, but it wasn't.'"

Asked what Beverley had said to him during their row, a grinning Curry replied: Nothing. Good try, though."

Kevin Durant warned the Golden State Warriors they cannot be so inconsistent or they will pay the price when the NBA playoffs come around.

The Warriors were cruising on the road against the Sacramento Kings on Friday, leading by 16 before a huge 26-point swing saw them trailing by 10 with three minutes to play.

A late rally followed, though they still trailed with 38 seconds to go before scoring seven unanswered points to claim a 130-125 victory, the narrow escape coming just two days after a morale-denting home defeat to the Toronto Raptors.

While Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green all impressed against the Kings, Durant – who himself starred with 33 points, eight assists and eight rebounds – has had enough of up-and-down play, the Warriors (20-10) having been on a 9-9 run coming into the game.

"We have got to be better," he told NBC Sports Bay Area when asked for his feelings after the game.

"We can't have lows like that, especially when we are playing a solid game in the first half. We can't have lows like that because in the playoffs, if we do, we are going to lose.

"We weren’t disciplined, we were shooting shots just to shoot them, throwing passes just to pass them – no sense of urgency, no purpose. 

"Against a young team like that on the road, they are looking for something to let them back in the game and we just let them back in."

But Durant did take encouragement from his side outscoring the Kings 17-2 down the stretch.

"Late in the game we just simplified everything," Durant said. "We were down 10 points in the fourth with three minutes to go, we just simplified it.

"[Steve Kerr was saying] just be solid, stay solid. We know this team plays fast so they're gonna make runs, but I thought we did a good job staying poised in the fourth.

"We made some great adjustments down on the defensive side of the ball and late in the fourth we just went and played. We were down 10, it's a pick-up game and you've got to get a bucket as fast as you can – we just tried to go and we got stops."

The Memphis Grizzlies are up next for the Warriors on home court on Monday, and Kerr knows there are improvements to be made.

The coach said: "We had several spurts in that second half where we sort of lost our composure and just couldn't get anything going. We knew we could get back in it if we were just poised and a little more patient offensively." 

Curry had 35 points, six assists, seven rebounds and three steals, Thompson had 27 points and 9 rebounds, while 14 points and 10 rebounds gave Green a double-double.

Kevin Durant said the Toronto Raptors are a force to be reckoned with after they beat the Golden State Warriors for the second time in the space of a fortnight.

The Raptors saw off the Warriors in overtime at the end of last month and defeated the champions again on Wednesday, winning 113-93 at Oracle Arena.

Nick Nurse's side are 23-7 at the top of the Eastern Conference and Warriors star Durant says they should be taken seriously in the battle for the NBA title.

"They have champions over there," Durant said. "Danny [Green] and Kawhi [Leonard]. They also have guys like Serge [Ibaka] and Kyle [Lowry] and Jonas [Valanciunas].

"They got a great mix of veteran and young players. They got a new coach, but the leaders of that team have been through some wars.

"So I wouldn't call them a young team or say them beating us two times is going to give them extra confidence. They've been ballin' before that, and they're going to be ballin' after they beat us.

"So they're not an up-and-coming team. They're here."

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr felt his side lacked intensity, but refused to be too critical.

"We're now in a place where we're defending a title and defending sort of a mantle that we've had for several years, and it's a different vibe," he said.

"It's a different feeling than when you're on the climb like Toronto is, like Milwaukee [Bucks] is, like we were a few years ago. It's a different feeling, it's a different vibe.

"It's harder to get up for each game, and so there are certain nights where you can just feel it, you don't have that energy, and if you played in the NBA, you've coached in this league, you understand it.

"If you've followed it closely, you understand that. It's not an excuse, it's just reality. So we did not bring the required energy."

Kevin Durant immersed himself in basketball to help him get through the aftermath of his confrontation with Golden State Warriors team-mate Draymond Green.

Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant has an idea of what he would like to do once his career on the court is over – own an NBA team.

Durant has enjoyed a successful career in the league since being selected with pick two by the Seattle SuperSonics in 2007, winning two NBA titles, two Finals MVPs and the 2014 MVP award.

The 30-year-old has no plans to slow down but once his playing career is over, he has big plans off the court.

"Of course I would [like to own a team]," Durant told ESPN following Golden State's 129-105 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday. 

"No matter if it's Seattle or any team, just to help young men grow. Or help men in the next phase of their lives as basketball players. Why not? Especially somebody who's gone through it and been through just about everything as an NBA player, outside of getting traded, I've been through pretty much everything. I would love to give back to an organization, the knowledge that I've gained. So ... yeah I'd be interested."

Durant's comments came just a day after Seattle was awarded an NHL expansion team for the 2021-22 season.

This news brought up the long debate over whether or not the NBA will be next. Durant has been calling for a team returning to Seattle.

Durant and the Warriors played a preseason game in the Pacific Northwest in early October and he gave a heartfelt introduction sporting a Shawn Kemp jersey.

"It's just the fact that I played there and I get so much love there," Durant said. "More than any city in the league probably. Look, it would be a great story. But it would be a lot of hard work, it won't be easy because it's Seattle." 

Even with the backing of one of the league's biggest stars, getting a team back in Seattle will be tough. The renovations planned at KeyArena, where the Sonics once played and home to the WNBA's Storm as well as the future NHL team, are reportedly not up to NBA standards and the Seattle City Council recently voted down the vacation of a block that would have housed an arena for both the NHL and NBA.

But, it is the tricky business side of things that appeals to Durant, and is one of the reasons he is attracted to being on the other side of the operation.

"I think the business side of it is obviously really fascinating to me," he said. "How you can market and brand a team, how you can make the fan experience better? How you can just inject and infuse energy into a city? Which can just kind of get the ball rolling, not just in basketball, but also around the whole state. I love how that is.

"But more so than anything, I love basketball, I love being around players, I love seeing different types of players, I love just seeing the progression of a player. So it would be cool to be hands-on with the group."

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