Thompson, Curry lead Warriors past Knicks 125-111
NEW YORK (AP) Klay Thompson had 26 points and Stephen Curry scored 14 of his 21 in the third quarter, when the Golden State Warriors ran another opponent off the floor on their way to a 125-111 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night.
Kevin Durant added 22 points and nine rebounds for Golden State, which trailed by one at halftime before outscoring New York 39-18 in the third.
The Warriors improved to 3-0 since the All-Star break and beat the Knicks for the eighth straight time, one shy of their longest winning streak in the series. They won nine straight in 1963-64.
A night shy of the five-year anniversary of Curry’s 54-point Madison Square Garden masterpiece, the Warriors showed how many weapons they have around him now, making 15 3-pointers and putting six players in double figures.
Emmanuel Mudiay scored 20 points for the Knicks.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – James Harden had 26 points and Luc Mbah a Moute scored 15 of his 17 in the fourth quarter to send Houston past Utah for its 13th straight victory.
Mbah a Moute went 7 for 7 and Chris Paul added 15 points for the streaking Rockets, who trailed by 15 in the first half.
Coming in, it was a matchup of two of the hottest teams in the NBA. The Jazz had won 12 of 13.
The Eastern Conference leaders bounced back from Friday’s overtime loss against Milwaukee, using spurts at the start of the second and third quarters to hand the slumping Pistons their third straight defeat and sixth in seven games.
Andre Drummond had 18 points and 18 rebounds but Detroit lost its fourth consecutive meeting with Toronto. The Pistons fell three games behind idle Miami for the final playoff spot in the East.
BOSTON (AP) – Kyrie Irving scored 25 points in three quarters of work and Boston beat Memphis.
After scoring a basket early in the second quarter, the Grizzlies went nearly eight minutes without a field goal. The Celtics rallied during Memphis’ drought and used a 22-6 run to increase their lead to 55-30.
Boston (43-19) led by as many as 28 in the second half.
Memphis (18-41) has lost 10 straight games and 10 consecutive on the road. The Grizzlies are also 0-10 on the road this season against the Eastern Conference. They remain the only NBA team with a road victory against the East.
Julius Randle added 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Lakers overcame 23 turnovers to keep their lead in double figures throughout the second half. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 14 rebounds and 10 points.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Anthony Davis scored a season-high 53 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and blocked five shots as New Orleans extended its winning streak to six games with a victory over hapless Phoenix.
Jrue Holiday scored 20 points for the Pelicans, whose season-best unbeaten run has pulled them into a tie with Portland for fifth place in the Western Conference despite being without All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins, who was lost for the season Jan. 26 with a torn Achilles.
Emeka Okafor, brought back to the NBA for the first time since 2013 about a week after Cousins’ injury, scored 14 points.
Devin Booker had 40 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns, who lost their 10th straight and still haven’t won this month. Josh Jackson added 20 points and 12 rebounds for Phoenix, which led by as many as 17 in the second quarter but fell behind for good with about five minutes left in the fourth quarter.
George, who scored just five points on 1-for-14 shooting in a blowout loss to Golden State on Saturday, shot 9 of 20 against the Magic and Frank Vogel, his coach when he played for the Indiana Pacers.
MAVERICKS 109, PACERS 103
The Mavericks ended a four-game losing streak and stopped Indiana’s four-game winning streak. They also swept the two-game season series.
Myles Turner led Indiana with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Turner played high school ball nearby at Euless Trinity and his only college season at Texas.
Victor Oladipo scored 21 for the Pacers despite playing only 23 minutes because of foul trouble.
More importantly, Minnesota improved to 2-0 since losing Jimmy Butler to a knee injury last week heading into one of its toughest stretches of the season. Coach Tom Thibodeau’s team, which began the day in third place in the West, plays its next eight games against teams with winning records beginning with a back-to-back at Portland and Utah.
Minnesota held a big advantage in free throws, going 33 of 36 from the stripe.
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