Thunder’s Durant exits early on sprained ankle


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Kevin Durant’s hot start was cold comfort when the Oklahoma City star limped out at halftime Thursday of the Thunder’s 114-109 NBA loss to Golden State. Stephen Curry posted a game-high 34 points with nine assists, seven rebounds and four steals for Golden State. Six Warriors players scored in double figures as the team bounced back from a loss in Memphis on Tuesday that snapped their 16-game winning streak. Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Durant seemed determined to remind the league-leading Warriors they can’t expect to have things their own way in the Western Conference when he scored 16 points in the first quarter. He had poured in 30 �X connecting on 10 of 13 shots including five of six from three-point range �X when he stepped on Warriors forward Marreese Speights’ foot while driving to the basket seconds before halftime and rolled his right ankle. Durant, who was called for an offensive foul, went down, but eventually hobbled off the court under his own steam. X-rays taken at the arena were negative and the team said he had a mild ankle sprain, but Durant did not return. Durant has played in just eight games this season, making a belated debut this month after recovering from surgery to repair a broken bone in his right foot. With Durant and Russell Westbrook both healthy, the Thunder had won seven straight. Westbrook did what he could on Thursday with 33 points and eight assists in the setback. Durant said he didn’t think the sprain was serious, but ��just wanted to be cautious�� in the wake of his foot injury. ��I was a little nervous, but I knew when I got up and started walking it felt good,�� he said. ��I just wanted to make sure with the X-rays everything was good.�� He said it was too soon to tell how long he might be sidelined. ��I’m just going to take it one day at a time,�� he said. ��Tomorrow morning I’ll see how it reacts.��

Bogut Out Indefinitely with Knee Injury

The Golden State Warriors’ Australian big man Andrew Bogut will be sidelined indefinitely after therapy on his ailing right knee, the NBA team said Thursday. Bogut was due to miss his fifth successive game when the Warriors, owners of the best record in the league, hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder. He had platelet-rich plasma therapy after consulting with team doctors and his personal physician from Australia. ��We fully support Andrew in his decision to undergo the PRP treatment,�� Warriors General Manager Bob Myers said in a statement posted on the team’s website. ��Our number one concern is that Andrew is 100 percent healthy and we will continue to support him in any way we can to make that happen.�� Bogut had indicated on Tuesday that the trouble was perhaps more serious than the tendonitis first diagnosed. ��From what I was told, it wasn’t something I should be worried about,�� he said. ��But evidently it probably is.�� The Warriors said an MRI this month revealed chondromalacia, a deterioration of cartilage, and bone edema, which is a build up of excess fluid in the bone marrow. The seven-footer (2.1 meters) is averaging 7.1 points per game along with 9.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots. But he has been bedeviled by injury in the past. A broken rib kept Bogut sidelined as the Warriors fell in the first round of last season’s playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers. He missed 50 games recovering from left ankle surgery during the 2012-13 season.