Warriors rip Nuggets...Rockets extend win streak...Raptors snap skid...Caps blank Devils...Jets win
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Klay Thompson returned from a two-game injury absence to drain nine 3-pointers and score a game-high 39 points in the Golden State Warriors’ 122-105 rout of the Denver Nuggets. Thompson scored 27 points in the first half and wound up 9 of 11 from beyond the arc as the Warriors bounced back from their worst loss of the season. Kevin Durant added 26 points and six assists for the Warriors, who opened a two-game lead over the Nuggets for first place in the NBA’s Western Conference.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets have a season-high seven-game winning streak after James Harden provided 31 points and 10 rebounds to a 107-91 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Harden had the hot had despite suffering an apparent right wrist injury in the second quarter. Clint Capela had 18 points on 8 of 12 shooting to help Houston move a half-game ahead of Oklahoma City for third place in the NBA’s Western Conference.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard scored 31 points and the Toronto Raptors snapped a two-game skid by blowing out the Pelicans, 127-104 at New Orleans. Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) had 19 points and Jeremy Lin added 14 for Toronto, which is 2 ½ games behind the first-place Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. Toronto shot 54.1 percent, scoring 66 points in the paint and 53 on fast breaks.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Braden Holtby stopped 25 shots and the Washington Capitals picked up their sixth straight win by blanking the New Jersey Devils, 3-0. Andre Burakovsky scored 2:40 after the opening faceoff to back Holtby’s third shutout of the season and team record-tying 35th of his career. The outcome puts the Capitals back in sole possession of first place in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division, two points ahead of the New York Islanders.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Nikolaj Ehlers (NIH’-koh-ly EE’-lurz) had a goal and two assists as the Jets blasted the Hurricanes, 8-1 in Carolina. Andrew Copp scored twice, and Kyle Connor and Ben Chiarot each furnished a goal and an assist to help Winnipeg move one point ahead of Nashville for the NHL’s Central Division lead. Laurent Brossoit stopped 28 shots and blanked Carolina until the midway mark of the third period.