The Milwaukee Bucks claimed a series-levelling win over the Boston Celtics, while NBA champions the Golden State Warriors earned a commanding lead against the Houston Rockets.

Led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks eased past the Celtics 123-102 in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semi-final series on Tuesday.

After losing Game 1 by 22 points, the Bucks responded thanks to Antetokounmpo's 29 points and 10 rebounds in Milwaukee.

The Celtics' scoring was surprisingly led by Marcus Morris, who posted 17 points on six-of-eight shooting.

Boston will have an opportunity to surge ahead when the series shifts to their home court, with Game 3 set for Friday. 

Meanwhile, the Warriors are firmly in control of their series with the Rockets after moving 2-0 ahead in the Western Conference semi-finals.

Golden State secured a 115-109 win over Houston at Oracle Arena, where Stephen Curry dislocated his finger and James Harden suffered bleeding in his eye.

The Warriors controlled most of the game, but the Rockets rallied in the fourth quarter and reduced the deficit to just three points on a Clint Capela free throw with less than seven minutes remaining.

Curry, however, answered with a three-pointer and Andre Iguodala followed with a dunk, which ended Houston's momentum.

Kevin Durant tallied 29 points for the Warriors while Rockets star Harden also scored 29 in the losing effort. Every Golden State starter reached double figures.

 

Middleton helps Bucks bounce back

Khris Middleton tallied 28 points and made seven three-pointers for the Bucks.

Draymond Green finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in the Warriors' win.

 

Irving kept quiet in Game 2

Kyrie Irving scored just nine points on four-of-18 shooting for the Celtics.

 

Brown… how?

Jaylen Brown somehow got this circus shot to fall.

Harden beats the buzzer before the half.

 

Trail Blazers at Nuggets

The Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets' top options had amazing offensive performances in Game 1. Damian Lillard scored 39 points while Nikola Jokic contributed 37 for Denver. The Nuggets came away with the win and appear to have bounced back after their seven-game series against the San Antonio Spurs in the first round.

Kevin Durant does not think there is anything wrong with the way Houston Rockets star James Harden plays.

Some have criticised Harden for flopping and trying to draw fouls, including during the Rockets' game-one loss to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference semi-finals.

Durant, however, does not believe that is the case.

"He's always been clever at getting into the paint and using his strength to get guys off," Durant told reporters on Tuesday, via NBC Sports Bay Area.

"It's, more so than anything, putting pressure on the defense. I think that's what he's always been doing.

"I wouldn't say that he has an advantage. I think everyone, once they get into the lane, they use little tricks to try and get shots off. I don't think he's any different … I wouldn't say that he's found a way to cheat the rules. It's just that he has his style of play and it might not be what everybody likes to see, but it's been effective, and I don't think he's been cheating the game."

Harden was unhappy with the officials and said he wanted a "fair chance" after the Rockets' 104-100 loss to the Warriors in game one.

"I think he plays inside the game, plays within the rules of the game," Durant said. "Referees aren't going to be perfect all game, just like players aren't. So, I think, more so than just the talk of the officiating, it should be about how great all these players are on the court, how they uniquely bring something different to the table."

Harden tallied 35 points but shot just nine of 28 from the field in game one. Meanwhile, Durant tallied 35 points of his own, on a more efficient 11-of-25 shooting, to lead Golden State to a victory.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr praised Durant after the win.

"He's the most skilled basketball player on earth," Kerr told reporters. "He's one of the most skilled basketball players to ever play the game. There's never been anybody like him – 6-11 handles the ball, shoots threes, passes, defends."

The Warriors and Rockets will match up in game two on Tuesday at Oracle Arena.

Luc Longley is no stranger to success in the NBA. He won three consecutive championships alongside Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls during the 1990s.

From 1996 to 1998, the Bulls dominated the league. Phil Jackson's Chicago overcame the Seattle SuperSonics and Utah Jazz for a three-peat.

Now, the Golden State Warriors are chasing the same feat this season. Led by Steve Kerr, who was a team-mate of Longley and Jordan in that iconic Bulls team, the two-time reigning champions are looking to become just the fourth team after Chicago, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers to three-peat.

Reflecting on his own experiences with the Bulls, Longley singled out Draymond Green amid Golden State's pursuit of back-to-back-to-back triumphs.

"We actively kept it fresh and on track," Longley told Omnisport. "I don't think it happens in the same way that chasing your first championship happens, where everything is fresh and on track.

"I often the say the first thing for everything is more exciting, whether it's your first kiss, glass of wine or whatever it is – you're more turned on and excited by the first championship. By the time you get to the third one, you're looking for other things within that to get excited by.

"I think that's why the Warriors keep Green in that locker room, to keep things unsettled and not too comfortable. It's easy to get comfortable. We had Dennis Rodman for that."

The Warriors ended the regular season with a 57-25 win-loss record and the top seed in the Western Conference. Golden State needed six games to get past the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs.

Golden State – boasting a star-studded roster including Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson – are up against James Harden and the Houston Rockets in the conference semi-finals.

What are the challenges facing the Warriors this season as opposed to the Bulls in the '90s?

"For us, it was age. We were getting old as a team – Michael Jordan, Dennis, Scottie [Pippen], they were all getting towards the end of their careers," Longley said. "The challenges now are the distractions. Social media and the player engagement thing is so much more distracting than it was when I was playing."

The Warriors have the chance to claim their fourth championship in five seasons. A mammoth feat not only for the players but head coach Kerr, who is eyeing his second three-peat.

"He would have a really clear understanding of how difficult it is," Australian Hall of Famer Longley added. "He would've been working all year on keeping the guys fresh and engaged. Sometimes fresh and engaged is challenged.

"One thing that Phil did too, he had several new offensive wrinkles that people hadn't seen in the regular season to our triangle. I think Steve would be giving them some new stuff to play out of. Probably defensively challenging guys a bit."

Longley continued: "I know he [Kerr] will be excited. He will be pumped. Each successive one gets more difficult I think. His collection of hardware is getting ridiculous.

"The reason he is a good coach is that he is proud of his craft and he's into it, and engaged with the team. He would have his juices properly flowing. Steve will be fully awake and engaged now."

"He is intelligent," Longley, who keeps in contact with Kerr, said. "He is considered. He is caring and he is also a cold-hearted b****** when he has to be. He is what you see. Years and years of success have given that a sturdy grain and he has been rewarded for that."

Stephen Curry and Draymond Green hailed star team-mate Kevin Durant, who helped the Golden State Warriors draw first blood against the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference semi-finals.

Durant posted 35 points in Golden State's 104-100 win over the Rockets in Game 1 of the second-round series on Sunday.

Golden State's Green was asked about Durant – a two-time NBA champions and Finals MVP – after the home victory.

"He's playing great right now," Green said. "He's being extremely aggressive. When he's being as aggressive as he's being, I don't think there's anyone in the NBA, maybe the world, that can stop him.

"So, when he's being aggressive like that, that's always a positive for us. It's a challenge for the opposing team, that usually doesn't go that well."

Durant has tallied 33 or more points in five straight playoff games, including a 50-point outing in the Warriors' Game-6 victory over

Curry added: "He's been amazing."

Durant – who has been linked with a move to the New York Knicks via free agency – discussed his form when he met with reporters following the win over Houston.

"Learned a lot so far as a player, up until this point," Durant said. "So, I think I'm starting to put everything together on both sides of the ball. I'm not looking at points, or shots I get up. Just how focused I am on each possession."

While Durant was the star of the game, Curry may have hit the biggest shot.

With Golden State leading by two points and less than 30 seconds left to play, Curry knocked down a contested three-pointer to give his team a cushion.

Curry struggled with foul trouble throughout the game and recorded 18 points on five-of-12 shooting.

"Just have to make plays when the moment is calling for it," Curry said. "My reaction was I just needed one to go down. It was obviously a big one. Thankfully I hit it. … It was a nice moment, for sure."

The Warriors and Rockets will face off in Game 2 at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Tuesday.

Defending NBA champions the Golden State Warriors overcame the Houston Rockets in their Western Conference semi-final opener, while the Boston Celtics upstaged the Milwaukee Bucks.

Kevin Durant continued his strong NBA playoff form on Sunday, scoring 35 points to lead the Warriors to a 104-100 victory against the Rockets in Game 1.

The 10-time All-Star, who averaged 35 points per game in the Warriors' first-round series win against the Los Angeles Clippers, hit 11-of-25 shots against Houston.

On a day when Stephen Curry (18 points) battled foul trouble and Klay Thompson had a quiet 13 points, Golden State needed all Durant could offer. Yet the game was not decided until the final seconds.

With the Rockets trailing by three points with 10 seconds remaining, James Harden launched an errant three-point attempt. Chris Paul grabbed the rebound, but had the ball stripped away. Eric Gordon recovered the ball out of bounds.

But Paul, arguing with an official that he had been fouled on the play, was called for a technical. Curry hit the free throw for the final margin.

In Sunday's first game, the Celtics shut down Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks for a 112-90 triumph in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semi-final.

The Celtics frustrated Antetokounmpo, limiting him to seven-of-21 shooting, as Boston drew first blood in Milwaukee.

Nothing came easy for Antetokounmpo, who scored 22 but had a game-low minus-24.

On the offensive end, the Bucks had no answer for Kyrie Irving, who scored 26 points and added 11 assists. Horford posted 20 and Jaylen Brown pitched in 19.

 

Gordon, Green impress

Rockets guard Gordon scored 27 on 10-of-19 shooting for the Rockets.

Draymond Green missed only two of nine shots, scored 14 and had nine rebounds and assists.

 

Harden inefficient

Harden scored 35, but hit only nine-of-27 shots from the field, and four-of-16 three-pointers.

Bucks guard Pat Connaughton made only two-of-10 shots and one of his seven three-point attempts.

 

Horford denies Giannis… twice!

You do not see Antetokounmpo get rejected very often — let alone twice on the same play by Horford.

 

76ers at Raptors

The Toronto Raptors won Game 1 rather easily, but recall that the Philadelphia 76ers had an uninspiring performance in their Eastern Conference first-round series opener against the Brooklyn Nets. Kawhi Leonard scored a career playoff-high 45 points on Saturday, and the 76ers certainly can do a better job than that on the defensive end. 

It is the NBA playoff series everyone has been waiting for.

The Western Conference semi-final matchup between reigning champions the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets promises to be one of the best of the postseason.

Both teams are considered contenders to take home the championship and feature star players throughout their line-ups.

Golden State and Houston met in the Western Conference finals last season. The Rockets held a 3-2 lead before Chris Paul suffered a hamstring injury and missed the rest of the series. The Warriors won the final two games and went on to capture their second straight championship.

"Well, I thought we had a great crack last year, so I don't know — we'll see," Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni told The Athletic last month. "I'm confident, as I was when we were 11-14, that we'll give them a run. … Now they might beat us. They're the best team. They're the champs right now. They've proven it, and they've got nothing to prove."

Here are three things that could decide the series this time around:

 

Capela's ability to stay on the floor

Clint Capela can be a game changer for the Rockets.

The 6-10 center is a strong rebounder and finisher around the basket. He can also protect the rim, as he averaged 1.5 blocks this season.

The Warriors do not have any true center who could match up with Capela. However, they can counter with their "death line-up", which features Draymond Green at the pivot. That group can switch at almost every position and plays fast.

The small line-up could give Capela problems, which could force him to the bench if the Rockets decide to answer with one of their own.

But, if Capela finds a way to stay on the floor and keep up with Green, he has a chance to be a difference maker for Houston.

 

Warriors' fatigue level

The Rockets easily took care of the Utah Jazz in five games in their opening series. The Warriors, on the other hand, surprisingly struggled at times against the Los Angeles Clippers before eventually moving on to round two.

That means Houston have had extra time to rest, recover and prepare to face the two-time defending champions, while Golden State have had to expend more energy than they are accustomed to in the first round.

The Warriors have the more talented roster, but there is a chance fatigue could slow them down and play a role in this series.

 

Rockets' role players

The players surrounding Rockets stars James Harden, Paul and Capela have changed since the last time these teams met in the playoffs.

Houston have added guard Austin Rivers, wing Danuel House Jr. and forward Kenneth Faried since last season. They will need those role players, along with PJ Tucker and Eric Gordon, to contribute on both ends of the floor if the Rockets want to win the series.

The Warriors have multiple dynamic stars, which makes them difficult to match up with. But, the Rockets should have the versatility to slow them down.

Steve Kerr hailed Kevin Durant's demolition of the Los Angeles Clippers as "one of the great performances I've ever seen in my life" after the Golden State Warriors moved into the Western Conference semi-finals.

Durant registered a post-season career-high 50 points in a 129-110 victory at Staples Center, sealing the series 4-2.

Warriors head coach Kerr was full of praise for Durant, who scored 38 points in the first half to set up a semi-final series against the Houston Rockets.

"It was one of the great performances I've ever seen in my life," Kerr said. "I've seen some good ones, been around some decent players.

"He just carried us these last couple of games of the series. He's the ultimate weapon because there's no defense for Kevin.

"No matter what anybody does, he can get a good shot. And he knew we needed him badly, and he just took over the game in the first half and set a great tone."

Durant felt he could have made a bigger contribution despite racking up half a century of points.

"I scored 50 points, but I missed some good shots tonight," said the small forward.

"I feel like I could've made a few more, but I felt great, I felt great. It was a fun game, for sure."

The Warriors and the Clippers start get their semi-final battle at Oracle Arena on Sunday.

 

Kevin Durant was unstoppable as the Golden State Warriors sealed a series win over the Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA on Friday.

Durant scored 50 points to lead the Warriors to a 129-110 victory and a 4-2 series win over the Clippers, who put up a good fight in the Western Conference first round.

But Durant could have likely scored far more points had the game been in doubt. Because after the Clippers jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter, Durant took charge, finishing the first half with 38 points.

That ties the second-most points ever scored in a half in an NBA postseason game. Former Warriors guard Eric 'Sleepy' Floyd scored 39 in a 1987 playoff outing. Charles Barkley scored 38 in 1994. Michael Jordan holds the all-time game record with 63 in a 1986 playoff loss by the Chicago Bulls to the Boston Celtics.

Although the Warriors won, there was some cause for concern on the Golden State side. Two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry rolled his ankle late in the first quarter, and began hobbling.

After heading to the locker room, Curry returned. But given his history of ankle issues, Warriors faithful were – and may still be – holding their breath.

With the Clippers dispatched, the Warriors move on to face the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference semi-finals, in a rematch of last season's seven-game conference finals. Game one is on Sunday.

 

Green steady for Warriors

Durant's huge night stole the headlines, but Warriors forward Draymond Green recorded a triple-double with 16 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.

Woeful Williams

Clippers super sub Lou Williams had been absolutely brilliant in the first five games of the series, averaging 24.4 points. But he could not hit anything in game six, scoring eight points on three-of-21 shooting.

 

Iguodala soars

Andre Iguodala soared for the slam.

Spurs at Nuggets

Game seven. Do not bother looking back at the previous six games to try to figure out what will happen here. The San Antonio Spurs lost two straight by wide margins, then won easily in game six. Five of the six games have been decided by nine or more points. The Spurs won the series opener in Denver. This game feels like it will come down to the wire.

Kevin Durant showed everybody who he is with his stunning performance in the Golden State Warriors' playoff win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, according to head coach Steve Kerr.

Durant had come in for heavy criticism after the Warriors blew a 31-point lead to allow the Clippers to level their first-round playoff series at 1-1, taking just eight shots in that meltdown.

However, three days after that collapse on their home court, the Warriors and two-time NBA Finals MVP Durant responded emphatically to take the third game of the series 132-105 in Los Angeles.

Durant racked up 38 points in just 29 minutes, tying a league record for points in a playoff game when playing 30 minutes or less. He is now 14th on the all-time postseason points list.

"It wasn't an adjustment, he just had a different mindset, set a tone right away and our guys loved it," said Kerr. 

"His team-mates were excited about the way he started the game and I think that was infectious, carried over to the defense too. I thought the defense was fantastic.

"He was aggressive from the start, at both ends. He attacked. He said it [on Wednesday], he's Kevin Durant. And so he showed everybody who Kevin Durant is.

"He's a two-time Finals MVP and coming off a poor performance. That's what happens."

Team-mate Draymond Green was also full of praise for Durant, telling reporters: "He came out super-aggressive in kill mode. That was the only difference for us. We took control of the game right there in the first quarter and never lost control."

Durant, though, indicated his display was not about proving himself.

"I think coach Kerr came up with some plays for me at the start of the game," said Durant. "I think doing that kind of set the tone. Just putting pressure on the defense through post-ups, through dribble handoffs.

"I think that was something we talked about, just consciously with the way they play, just coming off a lot of Andrew Bogut screens, sitting in the post. If they double, guys are moving. We were just more patient tonight, to sum it up.

"I've been in the league 12 years. I'm 30. I don't need to show nobody nothing at this point."

Rejecting the notion he had been intentionally passive last time out, he added: "That's not true. I don't pass up shots. I play within the offense.

"I don't run the show on any team I've been a part of, I'm just a player, one of the guys. Whatever my coach needs me to do, no matter what it is, I just got to go out there and be prepared for it mentally and physically.

"Our focus has been on point since late March, with the exception of, like, six minutes last game."

DeMarcus Cousins earned praise from all quarters as he dominated Nikola Jokic in the Golden State Warriors' 116-102 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday.

Dangerman Jokic was limited to 10 points, five rebounds and six assists as the Nuggets lost ground in the race for the number one seed in the Western Conference.

Cousins' close attention restricted Jokic's influence at Oracle Arena, leading to coach Steve Kerr and star man Stephen Curry to hail a performance that yielded 28 points and 13 rebounds.

"DeMarcus was fantastic," Kerr told reporters. "He's really playing at a high level for us. 

"I really liked the way we played defensively and DeMarcus had a big hand in that.

"Just his physicality with Jokic and the way he attacked offensively, I thought it was one of his best games of the year for us."

Two-time NBA MVP Curry added: "He wants to let people know that he's still DeMarcus Cousins and he can dominate a game.

"Tonight was another example of that, just taking on that one-on-one challenge [with Jokic] on both ends of the floor and dominating."

While happy with his team's defensive display, Kerr still felt there were areas they can improve as they close in on top spot in the West ahead of the playoffs.

"The two keys we talked about were take care of the ball and don't give them offensive rebounds," he said. 

"We obviously didn't do a very good job of the first one – that's where we've got to get better. We can't have those turnovers, some of them were just mindless. 

"We've got to be able to play with a sense of purpose that the ball is gold, the ball is everything.

"But I think what happened was that we were playing with so much energy, [we were] a little too excited, a little ahead of ourselves at times. 

"The turnovers were the one downside of the game, but after that first six to eight minutes, maybe the whole first quarter, we did a better job on keeping them off the glass."

Steve Kerr felt Kevin Durant was unfortunate to be ejected in the third quarter against the Denver Nuggets but conceded his Golden State Warriors squad need to control their tempers.

Durant was penalised for two technical fouls in the Warriors' 116-102 win over the Nuggets on Tuesday, a victory that puts them in pole position to claim top seed in the Western Conference.

An argument with the officials saw Durant leave the court, and Kerr believes the 10-time NBA All-Star was unfortunate not to finish the game after impressing prior to his ejection.

"I thought he deserved the first technical, I didn't think he deserved the second one," Kerr told reporters.

"I was very surprised, I watched the whole thing and I didn't think he deserved to be ejected, but I think Zach Zarba is one of the best officials in the game so I've got no complaints with Zach.

"He knows what he's doing, he's a fantastic official, it's just surprising and I never really did get an explanation, I didn't get a chance to talk to him, [but] we move on."

Durant's indiscretion is the latest disciplinary issue for the Warriors after he was one of three players fined by the NBA for criticising officials following their loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Durant were all punished and Kerr admits they have to regain their composure heading into the playoffs.

He added: "I think we can be better in terms of keeping our poise – myself included.

"You go into each game excited but you're going to yell at the refs, both teams are, but you've got to keep your poise throughout and we'll have to do a better job in the postseason."

Steve Kerr was baffled by "mind-boggling" officiating in the Golden State Warriors' 131-130 overtime defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves, while Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry also took aim at referee Marat Kogut.

The Warriors are level with the Denver Nuggets with 51-24 records at the top of the NBA Western Conference after a dramatic loss at Target Center on Friday.

Golden State felt aggrieved with some of the decisions made, none more so than when Durant was on target with a three-pointer to tie the game with 4.4 seconds to play, only for the referee to blow for a foul by Minnesota's Keita Bates-Diop when the forward was in the act of shooting.

Head coach Kerr said: "Did I think it was [a foul] before the shot? I just watched the replay. He caught and he shot - it's a four-point play. 

"I don't know what else to say. Kind of mind-boggling. You catch and you go up for a shot, and you get fouled in any league - any league - that's a good bucket and a free throw. Any league, not just the NBA."

The Warriors were also stunned when Anthony Tolliver threw a pass over Karl-Anthony Towns' head with only 0.5 seconds remaining, but the officials adjudged Durant to have fouled the center, who won it by making the first free throw.

Durant said: "Marat was his name? He was the best player on the floor tonight. He made sure of that. He's so good with his whistle that he knew they were gonna foul me, and he called it right before I shot the ball. So he's one of the greatest refs of all time."

Two-time MVP Curry did not hold back with his criticism of Kogut after the Warriors were denied a third consecutive win.

Asked which he believed was the worst call, Curry replied: "You'd have to ask the MVP of tonight, Marat Kogut."

Curry added: "It's just tough when your effort like that gets sabotaged. I've been back there looking at those calls over and over and over again and still don't understand either one of them. KD [should have got a] four-point play which puts pressure on them with four seconds left to get a bucket.

"And at the end of the game, nobody wants to see a game end like that. A crazy pass that had no chance of being caught and a soft foul that should never have been called to decide the game."

Steve Kerr hailed Kevin Durant as "one of the most efficient players ever" after the Golden State Warriors star produced the best shooting night of his career.

Durant went 12-for-13 from the field in a 118-103 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old also passed Glen Rice to go 25th on the NBA's all-time career three-point field goals made list.

Durant finished with 28 points as the Warriors improved to 51-23 at the top of the Western Conference and head coach Kerr was full of praise for the forward.

Kerr said: "The game's easy for Kevin. It just is. I don't think there's ever been anybody as skilled at his size in the history of the league, so he just does whatever he wants."

He added: "He does whatever he wants each game. I felt like he could have been 24-for-25 if he wanted, but he was distributing the ball and trying to get everybody involved.

"He was brilliant... Kevin is who he is. He's one of the most efficient players ever. He can get any shot he wants against any defense.

"So regardless of how somebody is playing us he can go get a shot and it's a good shot."

Steve Kerr lauded Kevin Durant once more after the Golden State Warriors' come-from-behind win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.

What Durant wanted was for the Warriors not to lose and he did more than enough to facilitate the team's 118-103 victory.

After going down 37-31 following the first quarter, the Warriors outscored the Grizzlies 35-23 in the second and 52-43 in the second half.

Durant scored 28 points on 12 of 13 shooting and did not miss a shot until the fourth quarter. He was a perfect six of six in the first half.

"The game's easy for Kevin, it just is," Kerr told reporters, via NBCS Authentic.

"I don't think there's ever been anybody as skilled at his size in the history of the league."

Durant has made at least 70 per cent of his shots in seven games this year, 60 per cent in 18 and 50 per cent in 43. He is making 51.2 per cent of his attempts this season.

He has prided himself on being efficient for a long time and he spoke about that with reporters as well remembering where it all began in his NBA career.

"My second year in the league… I started charting my shots, makes and misses throughout the game," he said, via The Athletic. "That kind of reminded me to take good shots and it keeps me locked in on the floor in the game."

Since the 2008-09 season, Durant has shot worse than 47.6 per cent just once. He has shot no lower than 50.3 per cent since 2012-13, so his success on Wednesday came as absolutely no surprise to Kerr.

"He just does whatever he wants," Kerr said.

Kevin Durant insisted it was not time to press the panic button after the Golden State Warriors were beaten heavily by the Dallas Mavericks at Oracle Arena. 

With two-time MVP Stephen Curry rested, the back-to-back NBA champions suffered their biggest loss since 2007 by going down 126-91 to the Mavs, who are second bottom of the Western Conference standings. 

Steve Kerr's team have been on the wrong end of other heavy defeats at home this term too, losing 128-95 to the Boston Celtics earlier this month and being beaten by at least 20 points in games against the Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, Oklahoma City Thunder and Milwaukee Bucks earlier in the campaign. 

However, with the Warriors still second in the Western Conference standings and bound for the playoffs, Durant saw no reason to dissect the latest reverse in any great detail. 

"It's not odd at all," he told reporters. 

"I think everybody in the locker room has gotten their a**** beat at home before.

"I know this experience is different, how much winning we've done the last few years. But we're still in the NBA - guys have been a part of terrible games, along with great games as well. 

"The good thing about it, we play tomorrow night [Sunday] too." 

The Warriors made just 13.3 per cent of their shots from beyond the arc, where they are typically so efficient. 

Three-time All Star Draymond Green thought his team struggled to get motivated to face such a lowly opponent. 

"I don't know...we just got punched," he said. 

"You kind of sensed the energy wasn't there. That's kind of normal in a game like that. I didn't really sense we'd lose by 40 [they lost by 35]. 

"Sometimes you have games where playing against that team isn't going to get you up. You got to find the energy somewhere else. We didn't. 

"It is weird. Games you're supposed to win at home, you expect to win them. We've had quite a few let-downs this year." 

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