Curry has 34, Warriors beat depleted Rockets 98-87
HOUSTON (AP) — Stephen Curry had 34 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Golden State Warriors past the depleted Houston Rockets 98-87 Saturday in a matchup of undefeated teams.
Houston played without center Dwight Howard (flu-like symptoms) and power forward Terrence Jones (bruised right leg), which made things much easier for the Warriors inside.
Golden State center Andrew Bogut dominated the glass in Howard’s absence, pulling down 18 rebounds.
James Harden led the Rockets (6-1) with 22 points, and point guard Isaiah Canaan had 21.
At San Antonio, Anthony Davis scored the game-winning basket and finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds to help the New Orleans Pelicans hold off the Spurs 100-99.
The Spurs went on a 15-4 run with Tony Parker and Tim Duncan on the bench to take a 99-98 lead. Danny Green capped the run with three free throws with 12 seconds remaining after he was fouled by Eric Gordon on a wild 3-point attempt as the shot clock was about to expire.
Tyreke Evans had 18 points, including buzzer-beating shots in the second and third quarters, and Jrue Holiday had 15 points and 11 assists.
Parker scored 28 points, Manu Ginobili added 17 points, Green had 16 and Duncan had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Milwaukee’s Brandon Knight converted a three-point play with 1.1 seconds remaining to rally the Bucks to a 93-92 win over Memphis to hand the Grizzlies their first loss of the season after six consecutive victories.
Memphis guard Mike Conley was fouled with 8 seconds remaining, but missed the first free throw and made the second to make it 92-90.
Zach Randolph had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Marc Gasol scored 18 for Memphis (6-1), which was off to the best start in franchise history.
The Los Angeles Clippers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 106-102 after J.J. Redick scored 30 points and Blake Griffin added 23.
Chris Paul added 22 points and 11 assists, Jamal Crawford had 20 points in his first start of the season, and DeAndre Jordan grabbed 14 rebounds.
Damian Lillard led the Blazers with 25 points.
In other games, Dwyane Wade had 25 points and eight assists, and Chris Bosh scored 24 as the Miami Heat held on in the final minutes to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-92, the Boston Celtics defeated the Chicago Bulls 106-101, the Washington Wizards downed the Indiana Pacers 97-90 and the Atlanta Hawks were 103-96 winners over the Brooklyn Knicks.