Curry-led Warriors rout Cavs
CLEVELAND — Stephen Curry didn't smell champagne. Blood was in the air.
Curry scored 35 points in three quarters, Andre Iguodala added 20 and Golden State returned to the arena where it won the NBA championship last season and embarrassed the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-98 on Monday night.
The Warriors built a 30-point lead in the first half, pushed their advantage to 43 after halftime and bounced back from a shocking loss in Detroit over the weekend by winning their fifth straight over Cleveland.
Only a late flurry of points helped the Cavs avoid their worst home loss in franchise history.
"They did what they wanted," LeBron James said.
Curry made seven 3-pointers — his last put the Warriors ahead by 40 late in the third quarter — and the reigning league MVP seemed right at home in Quicken Loans Arena, where the Warriors clinched their first title since 1975 last June. On Sunday, Curry said he hoped the visitor's locker room "still smells a little bit like champagne."
With Curry leading the charge, the Warriors overwhelmed the Cavs, who lost at Golden State 89-83 on Christmas Day and could do little to stop the defending champions.
James scored 16 for Cleveland, which just went 5-1 on its longest road trip this season. And like last season's Finals, James didn't have much help. Kyrie Irving had eight points on 3-of-11 shooting and Kevin Love had three points in 21 forgettable minutes.
"Against the top teams you want to play well and we haven't done that. We're 0-3," James said of Cleveland's record against Golden State and San Antonio, the West's top powers. "Tonight was an example of how far we have to go to win a championship."
Draymond Green added 16 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for the Warriors, who rested their starters in the fourth.
HORNETS 124, JAZZ 119, 2 OT: At Charlotte, N.C., Kemba Walker scored a franchise-record 52 points, powering Charlotte to the double-overtime win. Walker made 16 of 34 shots from the field, including 6 of 11 3-pointers. He was 14 of 15 on free throws. Walker broke the franchise mark of 48 points set by Glen Rice on March 6, 1997, in an overtime win against Boston.
KNICKS 119, 76ERS 113, 2 OT: At New York, Carmelo Anthony returned from a two-game absence and made a tying 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds left in regulation, and the Knicks beat the 76ers in two overtimes. Anthony was just 7-for-28 from the field after sitting out two games with a sprained right ankle, but he made a 3-pointer after the Knicks were on the verge of losing a game they led by 18 points in the third quarter.
RAPTORS 112, NETS 100: At Toronto, Kyle Lowry scored 13 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points and Toronto matched a season high with its fifth straight win. Lowry had eight assists and hit three of his seven 3-pointers in the final quarter. The Raptors outscored Brooklyn 31-16 in the fourth.
MAVERICKS 118, CELTICS 113, OT: At Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 points for Dallas, and Deron Williams had 10 of his 20 points in overtime. Dallas hit its first four 3-pointers to open overtime. The Mavericks rallied from a six-point fourth-quarter deficit after leading by 17 in the first half, and Nowitzki scored 14 points in the fourth and seven in overtime.
GRIZZLIES 101, PELICANS 99: At Memphis, Tenn., Marc Gasol had 16 points and 10 rebounds, leading the balanced Grizzlies to the victory. Matt Barnes, Jeff Green and Courtney Lee also had 16 points apiece for Memphis, which has won three in a row and five of six. Mike Conley added 15 points and 10 assists.
BULLS 111, PISTONS 101: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Pau Gasol had 31 points and 12 rebounds, and Chicago won again without Joakim Noah. Noah dislocated his left shoulder Friday and likely will miss the rest of the season, but the Bulls have had success without him. They improved to 9-2 in 2015-16 when he doesn't play.
HAWKS 98, MAGIC 81: At Atlanta, Al Horford scored 15 points, Paul Millsap had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and the Hawks earned their second straight win. Atlanta had six players score in double figures and led the entire game. Jeff Teague had 14 points, and Mike Scott scored 12.
CLIPPERS 140, ROCKETS 132, OT: At Los Angeles, J.J. Redick scored a career-high 40 points and Los Angeles made a franchise-record 22 3-pointers against Houston. Redick connected on his first five attempts behind the arc and finished 9-for-12 on 3-pointers, tying Caron Butler's club record for 3s and coming within three makes of the NBA single-game record shared by Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall.