2016-01-26 / Sports

Curry, Warriors make it look easy

WASHINGTON WIZARDS center Nene (42) is fouled by Boston Celtics center Jared Sullinger (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Monday in Washington. See the game story on B1. 
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON WIZARDS center Nene (42) is fouled by Boston Celtics center Jared Sullinger (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Monday in Washington. See the game story on B1. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 37 points and hit six 3-pointers in three quarters as the reigning champion Golden State Warriors showed they still rule the West by routing the San Antonio Spurs 120- 90 on Monday night.

Curry had 15 points in the opening quarter and shot 12 for 20 in Golden State’s 39th straight home win at raucous Oracle Arena, where a star-studded sellout crowd saw a lopsided showdown in what was billed as a potential Western Conference finals preview.

The Warriors (41-4) snapped a 13-game winning streak by the Spurs (38-7), off to the best start in franchise history but without ailing Tim Duncan (sore knee) this time. The teams had the highest combined winning percentage in NBA history for opponents meeting at least 40 games into the season.

Cavaliers 114,
T-Wolves 107

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 25 points and Cleveland gave Tyronn Lue his first win as head coach by beating Minnesota.

Cleveland lost to Chicago on Saturday, a day after Lue replaced David Blatt, who was fired on Friday.

The Cavaliers struggled with the Timberwolves before going on a spurt that began late in the third quarter and carried over into the fourth.

Hornets 129,
Kings 128 (2 OTs)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins set a Sacramento record with 56 points, most by an NBA player this season, but Charlotte edged the Kings in double overtime after Troy Daniels hit the go-ahead 3- pointer with 9 seconds left.

Daniels made eight 3s and scored a career-high 28 points, enough to help the Hornets overcome a dominant performance down low by Cousins. The All-Star center grabbed 12 rebounds before fouling out early in the second overtime. He surpassed his previous career best of 48 points set one game earlier in Saturday’s victory over Indiana.

Rockets 112,
Pelicans 111

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — James Harden scored 35 points and Trevor Ariza added a season high 31 to help Houston beat short-handed New Orleans.

The Pelicans played the second half without All-Star forward Anthony Davis, who left late in the second quarter with a concussion after getting elbowed in the head by teammate Tyreke Evans.

Houston, which did not have center Dwight Howard for the third straight game due to a left ankle sprain, hit a season-best 19 3-pointers. Ariza connected on his first six 3s.

Heat 89, Bulls 84

CHICAGO (AP) — Dwyane Wade had 28 points, Chris Bosh added 18 and Miami rallied from an eight-point deficit early in the fourth quarter to beat Chicago, snapping a four-game losing streak.

Wade scored 10 points in the fourth period. He and Bosh combined for the last five points in the final 1:02 as the Heat snapped an 84-all tie.

Pau Gasol had 19 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Bulls. Jimmy Butler scored 13 on 5-for-15 shooting.

Grizzlies 108,
Magic 102 (OT)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Jeff Green scored a season-high 30 points and Memphis defeated slumping Orlando in overtime.

Two free throws by Mike Conley with 15.9 seconds left provided the final margin. The Grizzlies could have put the game away earlier, but converted only four of their first eight free throws in the extra session.

Zach Randolph finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Marc Gasol had 17 points, Courtney Lee added 16 and Conley had 12 points and nine assists.

Pistons 95, Jazz 92

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Reggie Jackson scored 29 points and Detroit never trailed against Utah.

The Jazz cut their deficit to 88-87 on Rudy Gobert’s floater, but the Pistons responded with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s layup and a jumper from Jackson with 1:08 left.

Hawks 119,
Nuggets 105

DENVER (AP) — Paul Millsap scored 22 points, Al Horford had 18 and Atlanta completed its Western Conference road swing with a win over Denver.

Jeff Teague had 12 points and 10 assists for the Hawks, who went 2-2 on their trip. Dennis Schroder added 15 points off the bench.

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