Curry’s triple-double helps Warriors rout Knicks
NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Curry had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in three quarters as the Golden State Warriors sent the frustrated New York Knicks to a fifth straight loss with a 126-103 victory Friday.
Returning to the site of his sensational shooting performance of a year ago, when he scored a career-high 54 points on 11-of-13 shooting from 3-point range, Curry showed off his entire skill set in this one..
The NBA’s assists leader made five 3-pointers, as did backcourt mate Klay Thompson, who had 25 points. Curry also grabbed nine defensive rebounds in his fourth career triple-double and third this season, bouncing back from one of his worst performances of the season. He had a season low-tying five points on 2-of-10 shooting Wednesday in a 103-83 loss to Chicago.
Carmelo Anthony had 23 points and 16 rebounds for the Knicks, blown out for the second straight night in a season that’s starting to feel hopeless.
At Cleveland, Kyrie Irving recorded his first career triple-double with 21 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the Cavaliers over Utah 99-79.
The All-Star Game Most Valuable Player was two rebounds short of the mark going into the fourth quarter. He grabbed his ninth rebound early in the period and pulled down his 10th with 4:12 to go to become the first Cleveland player with a triple double since LeBron James on March 16, 2010, at Detroit.
A young fan wearing a stocking cap raced on the floor and patted Irving on the shoulder midway through the fourth quarter, but was quickly subdued by several policemen and security guards. The fan was wrestled to the floor and led away in handcuffs.
Luol Deng scored 16 points as the Cavaliers placed five players in double figures.
Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant scored 30 of his 37 points in the second half to help the Thunder beat the Memphis Grizzlies 113-107 and end a three-game losing streak.
Russell Westbrook had 21 points and six assists in 28 minutes, Serge Ibaka had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Reggie Jackson added 14 points for the Thunder. The Thunder had lost every game since Westbrook returned from his latest knee surgery.
Mike Miller scored all 19 of his points in the fourth quarter to help Memphis nearly erase a 16-point deficit heading into the period. Marc Gasol had 17 points and Zach Randolph added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who had won five of six.
The Phoenix Suns beat the New Orleans Pelicans 116-104 after Goran Dragic scored 40 points, his second career high in three games.
Dragic was a game-time decision because of a sore right ankle that had kept him out of Wednesday’s loss at Utah, but played all but the last 10 seconds of the second half in the first 40-point game for a Phoenix player since Amare Stoudemire’s 44 on March 19, 2010.
Eric Gordon scored 21 for New Orleans.
In other games, Jordan Farmar came off the bench to score a career-high 30 points as the Los Angeles Lakers capitalized on the absence of suspended Sacramento star DeMarcus Cousins in a 126-122 win over the Kings, while Tim Duncan had 17 points and 16 rebounds in the San Antonio Spurs’ 92-82 win over the Charlotte Bobcats and the Chicago Bulls downed the Dallas Mavericks 100-91.