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January 22, 2015

OAKLAND, California (AP) — Stephen Curry got involved in a rare altercation before finishing with 22 points and 10 assists, and the Golden State Warriors held off the Houston Rockets 126-113 on Wednesday night for their franchise-record 17th straight home win.

The typically mild-mannered Curry ran at Trevor Ariza after the Rockets forward bumped him on the way down court early in the third quarter. Curry had to be held back by teammates, and officials called a technical foul on Ariza following a video review.

The Warriors had already grabbed control by outscoring Houston 30-13 in the second quarter. They led by 30 in the third before the Rockets’ reserves made the final margin closer.

Golden State swept the four-game season series against the Rockets for the first time since 1973-74.

James Harden had 33 points and six assists for Houston.


ATLANTA (AP) — DeMarre Carroll and Jeff Teague each scored 17 points, Kyle Korver dunked for the first time in more than two years, and Atlanta tied a franchise record with its 14th straight win.

With the victory, the Hawks improved to a stunning 35-8 and Mike Budenholzer clinched a spot as the Eastern Conference coach in next month’s All-Star game in New York City.

Budenholzer could be taking several players with him. The Hawks romped to their 28th victory in the last 30 games, showing the kind of teamwork that has become their trademark in a season that no one saw coming.

CJ Miles led the Pacers with 18 points. Indiana shot just 39.7 percent.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Russell Westbrook drove for the winning layup with 0.8 seconds left in overtime, and Kevin Durant scored 34 points in Oklahoma City’s fourth consecutive victory.

Durant and Westbrook scored all 13 of the Thunder’s points in the extra period, including Durant’s dunk over Marcin Gortat and Westbrook’s uncontested layup off of an inbounds play after Oklahoma City had called timeout with 3.6 seconds remaining.

Westbrook finished with 32 points and led a third-quarter comeback that made up a 12-point halftime deficit. Durant, the D.C. native whose 2016 free agency is much anticipated in his hometown, added seven rebounds.

Nene scored 24 points for the Wizards, including nine of Washington’s 11 points in overtime. John Wall had 28 points and 13 assists.


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Brandon Jennings had 24 points and a career-high 21 assists, and Detroit held on for the victory.

Andre Drummond added 26 points and 16 rebounds for the Pistons, who have won 12 of 15. Detroit nearly blew a 21-point third-quarter lead, but Jennings helped the Pistons close it out in the fourth.

Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 26 points.

Greg Monroe had 24 points and 10 rebounds for Detroit, which never trailed. The Pistons led by 11 after the first quarter and by 17 at halftime.


PHOENIX (AP) — Eric Bledsoe had a season-high 33 points, and Phoenix managed to get the win after blowing a big first-half lead.

Isiah Thomas added a season-high 27 points for the Suns, who have won seven consecutive home games.

Portland grabbed a 110-105 lead on Nicolas Batum’s 3-pointer with 2:22 to go, but Phoenix closed the game with a 13-3 run.

Batum had 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who trailed by as many as 25 in the second quarter. Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews scored 22 points apiece.

Bledsoe was 11 for 22 from the field and 10 for 15 at the line. He also had 10 rebounds and six assists.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Marc Gasol scored 26 points for Memphis, and Zach Randolph had 19 points and 13 rebounds.

The Grizzlies broke open a close game with a 13-3 run midway through the fourth quarter. There were 14 ties and six lead changes for the night.

Gasol was 9 for 16 from the field, and also had seven rebounds and five assists. Randolph was 8 of 14.

Toronto had five players score in double figures, but dropped to 3-8 in its last 11 games. Lou Williams scored 21 points, and Kyle Lowry had 20.

The Raptors shot 32 percent (27 for 85) from the field.


CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 26 points, Kevin Love added 19 and the rejuvenated Cavaliers earned their fourth consecutive victory.

Shaking off a flu bug that forced him to miss practice Tuesday and also slowed Kyrie Irving, James added nine assists and seven rebounds. The Cavs are 4-1 since the four-time MVP returned after missing eight games with a strained back and knee.

Irving added 18 points and Timofey Mozgov had 16 for Cleveland, beginning to find its stride following a stretch of injuries and two major trades. J.R. Smith scored 15 as all five Cavs starters scored at least that many for the second straight game.

Enes Kanter had 24 points and 17 rebounds for Utah, which has dropped five of six. Gordon Hayward scored 14 points.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis scored 29 points and blocked four shots in his return from a sprained toe, leading the Pelicans to the win.

Eric Gordon had 17 points and a season-high 10 assists for New Orleans. Tyreke Evans added 19 points and Quincy Pondexter finished with 12.

Los Angeles shot 37 percent from the field in its season-long sixth consecutive loss.

Lakers star Kobe Bryant returned after missing two games as part of coach Byron Scott’s plan to give the 36-year-old guard extra rest this season. He scored 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting.

NETS 103, KINGS 100

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Brook Lopez scored 22 points and blocked six shots, leading Brooklyn to its second win in the last 10 games.

The Nets had a 23-point lead in the opening half, but the Kings eventually cut it to two late in the fourth quarter. Some clutch shooting by Joe Johnson helped preserve the victory for Brooklyn.

Johnson finished with 16 points. Jarrett Jack added 16 points and eight assists.

Sacramento lost its fifth straight game. DeMarcus Cousin had 28 points and 14 rebounds, and Rudy Gay scored 25 points.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Chandler Parsons scored 22 points, and Dallas hit 11 3-pointers.

Parsons made 9 of 13 shots and Dirk Nowitzki added 16 points and nine rebounds in 26 minutes for the Mavericks (30-13), who crept in front of idle Houston (29-13) for sole possession of fourth place in the demanding Western Conference.

Andrew Wiggins had 18 points for the Timberwolves (7-34), who tied a franchise mark for worst record halfway through the season. Nikola Pekovic scored 14 points in 23 minutes in his return from a 31-game absence for a right ankle injury.

The Mavericks shot 51 percent and held the Wolves to 35 percent shooting.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 15 points, Bismack Biyombo had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and the surging Hornets held on for the win.

Charlotte won for the eighth time in nine games despite going without a field goal in the final seven minutes. The Hornets had a 56-41 rebounding edge against the Heat, who played without Hassan Whiteside and Luol Deng.

Miami had a chance to win the game on its final possession, but Chris Bosh missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Mario Chalmers ran down the loose ball and fired up another 3 that missed from corner.

Bosh and Dwyane Wade each had 17 points for Miami.

KNICKS 98, 76ERS 91

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carmelo Anthony had 27 points and 11 rebounds, powering the Knicks to the road win.

The worst team in the Eastern Conference is suddenly on a hot streak. New York snapped its 16-game losing streak Monday with a win against New Orleans and made it two straight with the victory against the lowly Sixers.

The Sixers’ eight wins are only one more than New York’s total, and each team could be headed for the No. 1 pick in the draft lottery.

Michael Carter-Williams led Philadelphia with 27 points and seven assists. Robert Covington scored 17, and Jerami Grant had eight blocks.

Jose Calderon had 15 points and seven assists for New York.

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