Warriors guard Curry hurt in preseason loss
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry sprained his right ankle and had to be helped off the court during the Sacramento Kings' 95-91 preseason victory Tuesday night.
Curry was injured while defending rookie Jimmer Fredette just before halftime. Curry didn't play in the second half and finished with seven points and five assists in 15 minutes.
Marcus Thornton scored 21 points for Sacramento, including a go-ahead 3-pointer in the closing minutes.
The teams split their two preseason games. The Kings open the regular season Monday at home against the Los Angeles Lakers, while the Warriors host the Los Angeles Clippers on Christmas night.
David Lee had 30 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors. Monta Ellis added 19 points.
JJ Hickson had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Kings, who scored the final six points. Tyreke Evans scored 15, but committed seven of Sacramento's 27 turnovers. Fredette, who had 21 points in his NBA debut against the Warriors, finished with 12.
Ellis put the Warriors ahead 91-89 when Evans was called for goaltending on a drive to the basket with 1:15 left. Thornton responded with a 3 from the corner and added two free throws, putting Sacramento in front 94-91 with 16.9 seconds remaining.
A 9-0 run, highlighted by two fast-break layups by Hickson, put the Kings ahead 84-81 with 5:09 to go.
The Warriors scored six consecutive points, the final four by Lee, who converted a fast-break layup to put Golden State up 81-75 with 7:16 left.
After the Warriors trailed by eight at halftime, Ellis scored nine points and Lee had eight in the third quarter to help Golden State take a 67-66 lead into the fourth. In the first preseason meeting between these teams, Curry scored 22 points to lead the Warriors to a 107-96 victory.
Thunder 87, Mavericks 83
At Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma City Thunder took some satisfaction in sweeping Dallas during the NBA's shortened preseason — even if it wasn't the Western Conference finals.
James Harden had 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists, Russell Westbrook added 12 points and the Thunder beat the Mavericks for the second time in three days.
Oklahoma City won 106-92 at Dallas on Sunday, although Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd didn't play for the Mavericks in that game. Both saw action Tuesday but mostly struggled.
Jerome Randle led Dallas with 17 points while Brandan Wright had 12.
Nuggets 127, Suns 110
At Denver, Ty Lawson had 21 points and seven rebounds, Danilo Gallinari scored 15 and the Denver Nuggets beat the Phoenix Suns in the preseason opener for both teams.
Nuggets rookie Kenneth Faried added 14 points and Al Harrington had 12.
Marcin Gortat and Hakim Warrick led Phoenix with 14 points each. Steve Nash had 11.
76ers 101, Wizards 94
At Philadelphia, Jrue Holiday scored 24 points, including 15 in the last 5:35 of the fourth quarter, to propel the Philadelphia 76ers to a 101-94 preseason victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.
JaVale McGee led Washington with 20 points, 12 in the fourth quarter. John Wall scored 17.
The Wizards took an 88-87 lead with 2:45 to play on a pair of free throws by McGee. Holiday then hit two 3-pointers, sandwiched around a hook shot by Nikola Vucevic, to give the Sixers a 95-88 edge with 1:09 left. The fourth quarter featured nine lead changes.
Pistons 90, Cavaliers 89
At Cleveland, Austin Daye's two free throws with 3.1 seconds left gave the Detroit Pistons a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Daye, who finished with 19 points, was fouled driving to the basket after the Pistons stole an inbounds pass with Cleveland holding an 89-88 lead.
Bulls 93, Pacers 85
At Chicago, Carlos Boozer scored 24 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to a win.
Earlier in the day, NBA MVP Derrick Rose agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Bulls worth approximately $94 million. Rose had 12 points and nine assists.
Richard Hamilton added 13 points and six assists in his Bulls debut. Hamilton was signed last week after accepting a buyout of his contract with the Detroit Pistons.
Tyler Hansbrough had 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Pacers. Paul George added 14 points and Danny Granger 12.
Chicago also beat the Pacers 95-86 in Indianapolis on Saturday.