Warriors' Green has third straight triple-double
OAKLAND, Calif. — Draymond Green became the second Warriors player to post three straight triple-doubles, and Golden State rolled to its 35th straight regular-season home win by beating Charlotte.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson scored 30 points apiece, and Marreese Speights had a season-high 15 off the bench to help the Warriors sweep the season series from the Hornets.
But the night belonged to Green, who had 13 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists to join Tom Gola in 1959-60 as the only Warriors players to have triple-doubles in three consecutive games. The previous player in the NBA to do it was Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, who had a four-game streak last season.
Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb each scored 22 points for the Hornets. Charlotte has lost a season-high four straight.
SPURS 123, BUCKS 98: At Milwaukee, Kawhi Leonard scored 10 of his 24 points in the decisive third quarter and San Antonio posted its fifth straight victory. The Spurs improved to 30-6 and joined defending champion Golden State as the only teams to reach 30 wins already this season. Rookie swingman Jonathon Simmons scored a career-high 18 for the Spurs, who set a season high for points two days after posting 121 against Houston. LaMarcus Aldridge had 16 points and 11 rebounds.
76ERS 109, TIMBERWOLVES 99: At Philadelphia, Ish Smith had 21 points and 11 assists, and Richaun Holmes scored 17 to lead Philadelphia. Still the worst team in the NBA at 4-33, the 76ers have won three of six games and have a new confidence since they hired Jerry Colangelo as chairman of basketball operations last month.
CAVALIERS 122, RAPTORS 100: At Cleveland, Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 25 points, J.R. Smith had 24 on eight 3-pointers and Cleveland defeated Toronto. Irving, playing his sixth game since returning from a broken left kneecap, was 10 of 16 from the field. The three-time All-Star added eight assists and six rebounds.
CELTICS 103, NETS 94: At New York, Jae Crowder scored a career-high 25 points with a strong start and a clutch finish, and Boston beat Brooklyn to split a home-and-home series. Crowder had 14 points in the first quarter, then was largely quiet until hitting a 3-pointer and adding a three-point play after Brooklyn got close in the final minutes.
PISTONS 115, MAGIC 89: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Andre Drummond had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Detroit rolled to its most lopsided victory of the season. Detroit led 57-47 at halftime, and although Orlando scored the first seven points of the third quarter, a 16-4 run later in the period gave the Pistons a comfortable advantage again.
HEAT 103, PACERS 100, OT: At Miami, Chris Bosh scored 31 points, Dwyane Wade had 27 including a layup that beat the buzzer and forced overtime, and Miami erased an 18-point third-quarter deficit to beat Indiana. Goran Dragic added 13 points for the Heat, who matched a season best with their third straight win.
KINGS 116, THUNDER 104: At Oklahoma, DeMarcus Cousins had 33 points and a season-high 19 rebounds, and Sacramento took advantage of Kevin Durant's absence to beat Oklahoma City. Durant missed the game with a sprained right big toe. His status is day to day. Rajon Rondo had 13 points, 19 assists and nine rebounds for the Kings.
ROCKETS 93, JAZZ 91: At Salt Lake City, James Harden scored 30 points and Houston rallied in the second half to beat Utah, ending its longest losing streak of the season at four games. The Jazz led by 15 midway through the third quarter before Harden began to heat up. He scored seven straight points to get the margin down to single digits.