Curry, Warriors win 19th straight
SALT LAKE CITY — Stephen Curry was held in relative check for most of Monday night. The reigning MVP and NBA's leading scorer had 16 points through three quarters as Draymond Green and other teammates did the heavy lifting.
Then came the fourth quarter.
Curry scored 10 of his 26 points in the final 6:20 and the Golden State Warriors held on for their NBA-record 19th consecutive win to start the season after a 106-103 victory over the Utah Jazz.
"We've had some battles and, obviously, we've had some lopsided victories," Curry said. "But what gets lost in the record is the tough games we've had to claw our way out of like tonight. Just because we are 19-0 doesn't mean we can just show up and blow teams out and guarantee a win, we actually have to do something about it."
With the game tied at 101 with 51 seconds left, Curry hit a 3-pointer from the left wing to give the Warriors the lead. Rodney Hood scored 14 seconds later to bring the Jazz within one.
After Curry missed a 3-pointer, the Jazz had a chance to take the lead, but Hood missed a 3 from the wing with five seconds left. Curry hit two free throws to seal the victory as Gordon Hayward's half-courter at the buzzer fell way short. Klay Thompson added 20, including four 3-point baskets.
"Outside of a layup or an uncontested shot, that's a pretty good look." Jazz coach Quin Snyder said of Hood's 3-point attempt. "That's a good shot for him. ... I'll take Rodney Hood with that shot any day."
Hayward led the Jazz with 24 points.
The Warriors have won 23 straight regular-season games dating back to last season.
The two teams went back and forth down the stretch hitting shots in the fourth quarter. Alec Burks scored six straight and Favors gave the Jazz a 99-97 lead on a three-point play. Then Curry hit another 3-pointer.
A pair of Favors free throws tied the game at 101.
"We knew this was going to be one of the tougher challenges for us," Warriors interim coach Luke Walton said. "That team is very well coached and they execute and they got those bigs that are a lot to deal with. Once their crowd got into it and they had their confidence going it was a good solid NBA game."
Curry hit three 3-pointers after he checked in at the 6:36 mark of the fourth quarter. One tied the game while the other two gave the Warriors a lead.
HAWKS 106, THUNDER 100: At Atlanta, Paul Millsap scored 26 points and Jeff Teague made all the big shots down the stretch, sending Atlanta to a victory that snapped Oklahoma City's four-game winning streak. Russell Westbrook had 34 points, including a drive with 2:49 remaining that gave the Thunder their first lead since scoring the opening basket. Westbrook knocked down a jumper to push Oklahoma City to a four-point lead. Teague took control from there. He finished with 25 points, while Al Horford added 21 points and 13 rebounds.
BULLS 92, SPURS 89: At Chicago, Pau Gasol had 18 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots, and the Bulls snapped San Antonio's five-game winning streak. Jimmy Butler scored 14 points and reserve Doug McDermott had 12 for Chicago in the opener of a four-game homestand. Joakim Noah contributed eight points, seven assists and 11 rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench.
CELTICS 105, HEAT 95: At Miami, Avery Bradley scored 25 points and forced a big turnover when he knocked away a pass by Dwyane Wade with a minute remaining, and Boston put all five starters in double figures against Miami. Jared Sullinger had 17 points to help the Celtics snap a three-game road slide. Isaiah Thomas scored 16 while fellow starters Jae Crowder and Amir Johnson each added 13 for Boston.
BUCKS 92, NUGGETS 74: At Milwaukee, Greg Monroe scored 18 points and Milwaukee forced 24 turnovers that led to 35 points in handing Denver its seventh consecutive loss. Jabari Parker had 16 points and Michael Carter-Williams added 12 points and nine assists for the Bucks, who won for only the second time in eight games. Danilo Gallinari scored 13 points for the Nuggets, who managed just 30 points in the second half.
PISTONS 116, ROCKETS 105: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Reggie Jackson had 31 points and Andre Drummond added 24 points and 13 rebounds as the Pistons beat the Rockets. The Pistons built a 23-point lead in the first half before the Rockets got back into the game by constantly intentionally fouling Drummond — he went 4-for-18 from the line. Houston was never able to get within one possession.
KINGS 112, MAVERICKS 98: At Sacramento, Calif., DeMarcus Cousins scored 16 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter for Sacramento. Rajon Rondo had 21 points and Rudy Gay added 20 for the Kings, who had dropped six straight to Dallas and 21 of the previous 23 meetings. Sacramento outscored the Mavericks 22-13 in the third to take the lead for good.