Curry shines in Kerr's return
OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry banked in a shot from midcourt with a hand in his face at the halftime buzzer after his three-quarter court swish at the end of the first was just late and he finished with 39 points and a triple-double, helping coach Steve Kerr win his season debut in the Golden State Warriors' 122-110 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.
Kerr returned from a leave of absence dating to Oct. 1 for complications following two back surgeries, and defending champion Golden State delivered for him by winning its 38th straight home game at Oracle Arena to match the 1985-86 Celtics for third-longest home winning streak all-time. The Warriors are 20-0 at home this season.
Curry added 12 assists and 10 rebounds for his second triple-double of the season and seventh of his career. He also became the first player in NBA history to make 200 3-pointers in four straight seasons.
Myles Turner scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Pacers.
SPURS 108, LAKERS 95: At Los Angeles, Manu Ginobili scored a season-high 20 points, Kawhi Leonard added 18 and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Lakers for their 13th consecutive victory.
Kobe Bryant scored five points on the 10th anniversary of his 81-point game against Toronto, still the second-highest scoring performance in NBA history.
RAPTORS 101, HEAT 81: At Toronto, newly elected All-Star Kyle Lowry kissed a fan on the forehead after accidentally falling on her, then gave the Toronto Raptors a boost in a victory over the Miami Heat.
Lowry was trying to save a loose ball early in the first quarter and toppled out of bounds. He landed on top of the woman, who was sitting in the first row and didn't appear to be hurt. Lowry then gave her a kiss, and she smiled as he returned to the court.
HORNETS 120, MAGIC 116, OT: At Orlando, Fla., Kemba Walker had 40 points and nine assists, and Spencer Hawes made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 17 seconds left in overtime to rally the Charlotte Hornets past the Orlando Magic.
Victor Oladipo scored 29 points for the Magic, who have lost five straight and nine of 10.
JAZZ 108, NETS 86: At New York, Gordon Hayward had 21 points, nine assists and four rebounds, Rodney Hood scored 16 points, and the Utah Jazz cruised past the Brooklyn Nets.
Trevor Booker added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, who pulled away in the third quarter by shooting 16 for 22 from the field and outscoring Brooklyn 37-17.
CELTICS 110, BULLS 101: At Boston, Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points and the Boston Celtics held off a furious rally in the fourth quarter to beat the Chicago Bulls.
Avery Bradley added 21 points, and Jared Sullinger finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds as the Celtics ended a two-game losing skid. The victory also gives Boston a 2-1 win in the season series with the Bulls.
CLIPPERS 116, KNICKS 88: At New York, DeAndre Jordan scored 20 points on 7-for-7 shooting, Chris Paul had 16 points, 13 assists and six rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers routed the New York Knicks.
The duo hooked up on a few alley-oops during the game as Jordan didn't have to work hard to improve his NBA-leading field-goal percentage to 72.1 percent.
ROCKETS 102, BUCKS 98: At Houston, James Harden scored 30 points and the Houston Rockets snapped a two-game skid with a win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Rockets were up by 12 when the Bucks went on a 14-4 run to cut the lead to 100-98 with 6.9 seconds left. But Trevor Ariza made a pair of free throws after that to secure the victory.
THUNDER 109, MAVERICKS 106: At Dallas, Kevin Durant scored 24 points in the former Texas star's first game in Dallas in almost two years, and the Oklahoma City Thunder extended their winning streak to a season-best seven games by holding on against the Mavericks.
Russell Westbrook had 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Thunder, who almost blew a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter.