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February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Curry returned from a one-game absence to lead all scorers with 32, Klay Thompson added 17 more and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Washington Wizards 114-107 Tuesday night.

Curry missed Sunday’s loss at Indiana with a sore right foot and played nearly 34 minutes, hitting 11 of 18 field goal attempts, including five of nine from 3-point range.

Marreese Speights added 16 points off the bench for the Warriors, who have won five of six.

Paul Pierce led the Wizards with 25 points, 18 in the second half. Marcin Gortat added 16 points and 11 rebounds, while John Wall chipped in 16 nd 11 assists.

Washington has lost four straight and nine of 11.

CAVALIERS 102, PISTONS 93

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Kevin Love tied a career-best with eight 3-pointers for 24 points and LeBron James added 19 points and 11 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied in the second half.

Love fell just one short of teammate J.R. Smith’s record of nine 3-pointers against Detroit. Love missed both his two-point attempts.

James nearly had an odd triple-double, turning the ball over nine times, one short of his career high. Kyrie Irving added 18 points for Cleveland, which has won 17 of its last 19 games.

Reggie Jackson had 22 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in his second game with Detroit, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 21.

Tayshaun Prince started at small forward in his first game as a Piston since he was traded to Memphis in January 2013.

THUNDER 105, PACERS 92

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook had 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Thunder picked up their seventh straight win.

Westbrook claimed his third triple-double of the season and the 11th of his career, despite resting for the entire fourth quarter.

Serge Ibaka had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Enes Kanter added 15 points for the Thunder.

Oklahoma City won its third straight without Kevin Durant. The reigning MVP had a screw replaced on his surgically repaired right foot on Sunday, and he is to be re-evaluated within a week.

C.J. Miles scored 21 points, George Hill scored 13 and David West and Solomon Hill each added 11 for the Pacers, who had won three straight.

MAVERICKS 99, RAPTORS 92

DALLAS (AP) — Monta Ellis scored 20 points and Dirk Nowitzki had 18 as the Dallas Mavericks hit seven of their first 10 shots of the fourth quarter to defeat the Toronto Raptors.

The victory was Dallas’ third straight, its longest winning streak since early January, and pulled the Mavericks within one game of first-place Houston in the Southwest Division.

DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 18 points. Toronto closed a stretch of four road games in five days with its third consecutive loss, one short of its season high. The Raptors are second in the Eastern Conference, their lead over No. 3 Chicago shrinking to one game.

Dallas’ Rajon Rondo sat the final 20 minutes after having words with Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle during a timeout.

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