The tale of the Big 12 this season is familiar.
Since 2005, two years before Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone, Kansas has won at least a share of every Big 12 championship. In 2003-04, Bill Self’s first season, the Jayhawks finished tied for second. What a letdown.
But the program matched UCLA’s record of 13 consecutive conference championships last season, and with Devonte’ Graham, Svi Mykhailiuk and Mississippi State transfer Malik Newman anchoring the backcourt, only the foolish would pick against Kansas to extend its streak.
Kevin Durant had 31 points, 11 rebounds and six assists to help rally the Warriors from 18 points down and beat the Wizards 120-117 on Friday night, a game marred by a fight between Green and Washington’s Bradley Beal that led to both being tossed.
Stephen Curry added 20 points, eight assists and five rebounds, hitting two 3s and two free throws in the final minute of the third quarter to get Golden State within 97-87 heading into the final 12 minutes. Then Klay Thompson and Durant made 3s early in the fourth for a four-point game. Thompson scored 18 points.
Durant’s jumper with 1:20 to go put Golden State up by five, but the Warriors still needed his two free throws with 9.4 seconds left. John Wall missed an off-balance 3 then Washington couldn’t capitalize on one final chance.
Then Nick motioned down the hall, where the family waiting room was jammed with relatives of survivors. “Not everyone has the same amount of support I do,” he told the Golden Knights. “I have a professional hockey team coming to visit me.”