Warriors improve to 12-0 behind Curry
OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry scored 37 points to lead the defending champion Golden State Warriors to their 12th straight win to open the season, a hard-fought 115-110 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.
Klay Thompson added 19 and Andrew Bogut scored 13 for the Warriors, who are off to the best start since Dallas won the first 14 games in 2002-03. Golden State needs just three more wins to equal the NBA record of 15-0 held by the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and the 1993-94 Houston Rockets.
It didn't come easy as Toronto fought back from an 18-point deficit and trailed by just one late in the game with the ball. But Kyle Lowry was called for an offensive foul and Curry hit two free throws to help seal the win.
Lowry and DeMar DeRozan scored 28 points apiece for the Raptors, who have lost five of seven following a 5-0 start.
Toronto fought back by getting to the foul line and the Raptors took their first lead of the second half on two free throws by Lowry midway through the fourth.
PISTONS 104, CAVALIERS 99: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Andre Drummond had 25 points and 18 rebounds and made some crucial free throws when he was fouled intentionally, helping Detroit rally. LeBron James scored 23 of his 30 points in the first half, but the Pistons double-teamed him on a couple of big possessions down the stretch and Cleveland couldn't convert. The Cavs lost their second straight after winning eight in a row.
NUGGETS 115, PELICANS 98: At New Orleans, Danilo Gallinari scored a season-high 32 points for the Nuggets and New Orleans' Anthony Davis hurt his left shoulder in the first quarter. Jameer Nelson scored all 16 of his points in the last 14:10 of the game, helping Denver secure its fourth victory in five games. Will Barton added 17 points and Gary Harris 16. Ryan Anderson scored 24 for the injury-riddled Pelicans.
NETS 90, HAWKS 88: At New York, Brook Lopez had 26 points and Thaddeus Young hit two free throws with 1.4 seconds left to lift Brooklyn. After a timeout, Young knocked away Thabo Sefolosha's inbounds pass to Al Horford as time expired. Young finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
TIMBERWOLVES 103, HEAT 91: At Miami, Andrew Wiggins scored 24 points, Zach LaVine added 17 and Minnesota overcame a triple-double by Miami's Hassan Whiteside. Shabazz Muhammad scored 16 and Karl-Anthony Towns had 14 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, which snapped a four-game slide. Whiteside had 22 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks — his second triple-double.
KNICKS 102, HORNETS 94: At New York, rookie Kristaps Porzingis scored a season-high 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for New York. The slender, 7-foot-3 forward who was thunderously booed when the Knicks drafted him with the No. 4 pick had fans chanting "Por-zing-is! Por-zing-is!" in the fourth quarter, shortly after his three-point play gave the Knicks a 93-81 lead.
WIZARDS 115, BUCKS 86: At Washington, John Wall had 19 points, nine assists and six rebounds for Washington. Otto Porter also scored 19 to help the Wizards win by double digits for the first time this season. Washington had six players in double figures. Milwaukee was led by Khris Middleton, who scored 14 points in the team's worst loss of the season.