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Curry's 46 lift Warriors to 10-0 start

MINNEAPOLIS — Stephen Curry dribbled across midcourt in the third quarter and went into a trademark crouch as he started to break down Andre Miller.

As Curry rose to take the shot, the 39-year-old Miller somehow got a hand on the ball and jarred it loose. The reigning MVP still managed to gather himself in the air and fire a one-handed, shot-put style 3-pointer that splashed through.

"I was still kind of in rhythm," Curry said with a smirk. "It was just kind of a low release."

Curry scored 46 points, 21 in the first quarter, and the Golden State Warriors improved to 10-0 on the season with a 129-116 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night.

Nothing the defending champions have seen this season has been able to throw them off as they have surged to the best start in franchise history.

Curry hit 15 of 25 shots, including 8 of 13 3-pointers, in another breathtaking performance. Draymond Green had 23 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds for the Warriors, who are the fourth defending champion to start the season with at least 10 straight wins.

"When you get up on him, he just shoots the ball from farther," said Timberwolves forward Shabazz Muhammad, who scored 16 points. "It looked like he was shooting it from dang near halfcourt."

Karl-Anthony Towns had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points for the Timberwolves (4-4), who have lost all four home games this season. Ricky Rubio missed his second straight game with a strained left hamstring.

The Warriors went 18-for-38 from 3-point range while Minnesota was just 3-for-9.

The Warriors opened defense of their title as emphatically as possible, using potshots from the likes of the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers as fuel while blowing the doors off the league.

Curry has led the charge, shooting with a precision and range never before seen in this league. Curry has broken the league record for 3-pointers made in a season in each of the last two years and is on pace to smash it again this year. He has topped 40 points in a game three times this season and his 52 3s are more than three teams have made all season.

One night after scoring 28 in a win over Memphis, he was 4-for-5 from deep in the first quarter and pushed the Warriors to a 10-0 lead before the game was 90 seconds old.

"It seems like those guys, when you make a mistake, they punish you," Wolves interim coach Sam Mitchell said.

Last year Russell Westbrook led the NBA with four 20-point quarters. Curry already has four in 10 games. He hit consecutive 3-pointers in the third quarter, one from 3 feet behind the arc for a 97-76 lead.

HEAT 92, JAZZ 91: At Miami, Chris Bosh scored 25 points, and reserve Tyler Johnson capped his 17-point night with two key field goals in the final 1:48 as Miami won its third straight win to open a seven-game homestand.

Goran Dragic finished with 14 points and Hassan Whiteside grabbed 14 rebounds for Miami, which started the game on a 9-0 run and opened the fourth quarter with a 13-4 spurt.

Derrick Favors led Utah with 25 points and 12 rebounds.

SUNS 118, CLIPPERS 104: At Phoenix, Brandon Knight matched his career high with 37 points, Eric Bledsoe fell an assist shy of his second career triple-double and the Phoenix Suns rolled past the severely depleted Los Angeles Clippers 118-104 on Thursday night.

Bledsoe had 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

The Clippers were without starting guards Chris Paul (groin strain) and J.J. Redick (lower back spasms), then Blake Griffin was ejected after drawing his second technical foul with 2:36 left in the first half.

Golden State's Stephen Curry, left, drives around Minnesota's Andre Miller during the second half Thursday in Minneapolis. Curry scored 46 points as the Warriors won, 129-116. AP PHOTO