Warriors streak reaches 14 with win over Rockets
OAKLAND, California (AP) — Golden State extended its franchise-record winning streak to 14 games by beating Houston 105-93 on Wednesday, pulling away late to turn a tight game into a comfortable victory.
The Warriors improved to a 19-2 record, two games ahead of Memphis in the fight over the best record in the overall league and the Western Conference.
Elsewhere, Dallas beat New Orleans to close within 1-1/2 games off the Grizzlies in the tightly fought Southwest Division, Washington came up with a buzzer beater to defeat Orlando and the Los Angeles Clippers notched a ninth-straight victory by downing Indiana.
Golden State’s Klay Thompson scored 21 points and Stephen Curry added 20 points, seven assists and seven rebounds to power an 11-0 run in the final minutes which sealed the result.
James Harden played through back pain to finish with 34 points and eight rebounds for the Rockets, who had won four straight despite Dwight Howard being sidelined.
Dallas’ Monta Ellis scored 13 of his 26 points in the final 5 minutes to guide the Mavericks to a 112-107 win over New Orleans.
The Pelicans had a chance to tie it in the final 6 seconds, but Ryan Anderson’s 3-point attempt bounced off the rim. Dallas’ Richard Jefferson grabbed the rebound, was fouled and made both free throws to seal the win.
Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons and Devin Harris scored 20 points each for Dallas.
Anthony Davis scored 31 points and added 11 rebounds before limping off the court in the fourth quarter for the Pelicans while Jrue Holiday added a season-high 30 points and 10 assists.
Washington’s Bradley Beal converted a lob pass at the buzzer to lift the Wizards to a 91-89 win against Orlando.
John Wall had 21 points and 11 assists for Washington, which scored the final seven points, beat Orlando for the seventh straight time.
Victor Oladipo had 17 points to lead the Magic, which led 89-84 with 1:37 to play but did not score again.
The Los Angeles Clippers’ form surge continued with a 103-96 win at Indiana.
Jamal Crawford scored 18 points and DeAndre Jordan grabbed a season-high 19 rebounds for the Clippers, who had lost their previous four encounters with the Pacers.
C.J. Miles scored a season-high 30 points and made six 3-pointers for Indiana, which has lost six in a row.
The Pacers trailed by 20 points late in the third quarter but closed hard and were within two points with two minutes on the clock but could not sustain it.
Minnesota stunned Portland with a 90-82 victory, thanks chiefly to Andrew Wiggins’ 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Corey Brewer had 19 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and five steals for the Timberwolves, who won for only the third time since losing Ricky Rubio to an ankle injury a month ago.
Damian Lillard had 23 points and seven rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who turned the ball over 20 times while shooting 38.8 percent.
Chicago’s Derrick Rose scored 23 points as the Bulls breezed past Brooklyn 105-80.
San Antonio’s Marco Belinelli scored a season-high 22 points as the undermanned Spurs rolled to a 109-95 victory over New York, sending the Knicks to their 10th straight loss.
Denver ended a run of four consecutive defeats by downing Miami 102-82, with Wilson Chandler scoring 17 points.
Atlanta stretched its winning streak to eight games — its longest streak for 17 years — with a 95-79 win over hapless Philadelphia.
Charlotte withstood a Boston rally and held on for a 96-87 win, with Al Jefferson having 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Hornets.