Curry returns to lead Warriors to win at Washington
WASHINGTON (AP) — Golden State’s Stephen Curry returned from an injury absence to top score with 32 points and lead the Warriors to a 114-107 win at Washington on Tuesday, extending their overall NBA lead.
The Warriors extended their Western Conference lead to 3-1/2 games over idle Memphis, and are now one game ahead of East leader Atlanta.
In the day’s other key game, Dallas surged at the start of the fourth quarter to beat Toronto.
Curry missed Sunday’s loss at Indiana with a sore right foot but showed little sign of discomfort at Washington, playing nearly 34 minutes and hitting 11 of 18 field goal attempts, including five of nine from 3-point range.
Klay Thompson added 17 more for Golden State, which has won five of its past six games.
Paul Pierce had 25 points, with 18 coming in the second half, for the Wizards, who have lost four in a row.
Dallas hit seven of its first ten shots in the fourth quarter to set up a 99-92 victory over Toronto.
Monta Ellis scored 20 points and Dirk Nowitzki had 18 for the Mavericks, whose third-straight win moved them within half a game of state rival Houston in the Western Conference playoff race.
DeMar DeRozan had 18 points for the Raptors.
Cleveland’s Kevin Love tied a career-best with eight 3-pointers for 24 points, helping the Cavaliers win 102-93 at Detroit.
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.
LeBron James added 19 points and 11 assists, and nearly achieved an odd triple-double, turning the ball over nine times, one short of his career worst. The Cavaliers have won 17 of 19 and are only half a game behind Chicago for the Central Division lead.
Reggie Jackson had 22 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in his second game with Detroit.
Oklahoma City extended its winning streak to seven with a 105-92 victory over Indiana, with Russell Westbrook picking up his third triple-double of the season with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.