Do the Warriors really need Kevin Durant?

Flickr | Keith Allison

Flickr | Keith Allison

ESPN reported Wednesday that Durant could return for the final three games of the regular season. "You just got to want it more than other people", Westbrook said.

Thompson's 3-pointer in the second minute of the third quarter gave the Warriors a 59-57 lead, and Curry's bomb from beyond the arc after an offensive rebound 1:19 later pushed the advantage to 62-57. Read about Houston Rockets vs Golden State Warriors live streaming, starting lineups and live score updates on this page. Missing their best player in Kevin Durant they erased a 22-point deficit and took a double-digit lead of their own against a very good Spurs team and showed why they're the best team in the association. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 115.8 points on 49.4 percent shooting and allowing 104.2 points on 43.5 percent shooting.

With 3:29 left in the first the Spurs actually lead by 22, but with exactly 3:29 left in the second quarter the Warriors had made their comeback to tie it at 45.

Uh-oh, the Golden State Warriors are hot.

West, who played for the Spurs last season, torched his old team with 11 of his season-high 15 points, three assists and a block in the final quarter.

Three points is more than two, and that could matter in the coming weeks, even to the Warriors, the former kings of the long-range attack. "Everything was kind of stacked against us after that first quarter". "We're in a good groove". The Spurs would have to win out and have the Warriors go 4-3 to finish the season to get homecourt. Iguodala managed to keep the Warriors in the game and Curry and Thompson led the team to win the match. The Warriors' gamble on giving up size, as well as blowing up their formidable bench, to go all in for an arguably top three player this summer has come back to bite them. After recovering from the body blow that was losing Durant, losing five of seven in the process, the Warriors have pulled off a dazzling stretch during which they've taken apart all comers. After its rancid beginning, Golden State actually outshot the Spurs 45.2 percent to 42.6 percent. Then to start the second, Matt Barnes and Ian Clark nailed a pair of 3s to build the momentum.

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant reacts against the Oklahoma City Thunder during their National Basketball Association match in Oklahoma City, February 12, 2017.

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 29: Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors shoots the ball against the San Antonio Spurs during the game on March 29, 2017 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

But the Warriors have been hopeful since he suffered the injury February 28 in Washington that they can get Durant some game action before the playoffs begin so they don't have to throw him into postseason play cold.

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