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December 5, 2014

OAKLAND, California (AP) — Stephen Curry had 19 points and a season-high 11 assists, Klay Thompson scored 23 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 112-85 on Thursday night for their 11th consecutive win.

Harrison Barnes added 17 points and 10 rebounds while Draymond Green had 14 points and 14 rebounds for Golden State, which improved to an NBA-best 16-2.

The winning streak matches the longest in Warriors history. The 1971-72 team also won 11 straight.

Golden State needed a late burst to hold off Orlando and keep the streak going earlier this week. The Warriors also got off a slow start against New Orleans before pulling away behind a 20-4 run in the second quarter for their eighth consecutive win over the Pelicans.

Anthony Davis had his 12th double-double for New Orleans with 30 points and 15 rebounds.

CAVALIERS 90, KNICKS 87

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 37 points, including a layup with 10 seconds left after a timeout he didn’t seem to want, and Cleveland got its season-high fifth straight victory.

Irving carried the Cavs most of the game before LeBron James had five straight points late that helped Cleveland pull it out. James finished with 19 points and 12 assists.

Carmelo Anthony ended a 4-for-19 night by missing a 3-pointer in the final seconds as the Knicks dropped their sixth straight and fell to 4-16.

Tim Hardaway Jr. added 20 points and Amare Stoudemire had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks, who were trying to surprise the Cavs for the second time this season.

TRAIL BLAZERS 88, PACERS 82

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and 13 rebounds for this fourth straight double-double to help Portland win its third straight and 12th in its last 13.

Damian Lillard led all scorers with 23 points for the Blazers.

Rodney Stuckey had 16 points for the Pacers, who have lost three straight to open a four-game road trip.

The Pacers tied the score at 64 early in the fourth quarter, but Portland built a 75-66 lead after Nicolas Batum’s 3-pointer and Lillard’s jumper. Stuckey hit a jumper that pulled the Pacers within 83-80 with 53 second left, but they couldn’t get any closer.

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