Warriors tie record for home wins
OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry scored 33 points in his return from an ankle injury and the Golden State Warriors tied an NBA record by winning their 44th straight regular-season home game, 121-106 over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night.
Five days after tying an NBA record with 12 3-pointers in an overtime win at Oklahoma City, Curry went 5 of 15 from long range in the rematch. But he got more than enough help from his bench to help the Warriors (55-5) tie one record set by Chicago as they chase the Bulls' single-season mark for victories.
The Bulls won 44 consecutive home games from March 30, 1995, until April 4, 1996. That helped them set the record with 72 wins in 1995-96, a mark the Warriors remain on pace to surpass after beating the Thunder for the third time in as many tries this season.
Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Russell Westbrook had 22 and Serge Ibaka added 20 for the Thunder, who have lost six of eight since the All-Star break.
Klay Thompson scored 21 for the Warriors, and Shaun Livingston had 11 points and eight assists off the bench.
The Warriors trailed 80-71 midway through the third quarter before racing past a Thunder team playing the back half of a back-to-back. Golden State cut the deficit to one after three quarters and then took over in the fourth.
With four starters on the bench to start the period, Golden State scored the first seven points with the help of a 3-pointer by Marreese Speights and strong play from Livingston to take a six-point lead.
Golden State extended the lead once the starters returned, going up 106-97 on Curry's three-point play with just more than 4 minutes to play. Andrew Bogut then stole the ball from Durant, leading to a dunk by Thompson that gave the Warriors a 12-point lead.
Curry added two late 3s to seal it.
After missing Tuesday night's overtime win against Atlanta with a sprained left ankle, Curry was a late addition to the lineup against the Thunder. He showed few ill effects early from the injury, beating Durant with a nifty crossover for a layup for his first basket and hitting two 3-pointers in the first quarter to extend his streak to 130 straight games with a 3.
Curry had 10 points in the quarter and Golden State led 29-28 after one. He hit a 33-footer in the final minute of the half, and the Warriors led 63-61 at the break.
SPURS 94, PELICANS 86: At New Orleans, Kawhi Leonard capped 30-point, 11-rebound performance with a huge 3-pointer in the final minute, and San Antonio extended its winning streak to seven games. LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and Danny Green scored 11 for the Spurs, who trailed 86-82 before closing the game on a 12-0 run during the final 3:10. Leonard was 12-of-22 shooting, including 6 for 10 from 3-point range. Anthony Davis had 17 points and 13 rebounds for New Orleans, which dropped its third straight. Eric Gordon scored 23 points.
HEAT 108, SUNS 92: At Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 27 points, Goran Dragic added 25 against his former team and Miami never trailed on the way to beating Phoenix for its third straight victory. Luol Deng scored 12 and Hassan Whiteside grabbed 11 rebounds for Miami, which led by as many as 21 in the first half. Rookie guard Devin Booker kept the Suns in the game, scoring 15 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter. Alex Len had 12 points and 13 rebounds for Phoenix, which tied a club record by losing its 17th consecutive road game.
KINGS 104, MAVERICKS 101: At Dallas, Rajon Rondo had 18 points and 12 assists in his first game in Dallas since an ugly split with the Mavericks last season, and Sacramento ended a 22-game regular-season losing streak on his old home floor. Booed almost every time he touched the ball, Rondo was the steady hand the Kings needed late. DeMarcus Cousins had 22 points and 13 rebounds as the Kings snapped a four-game losing streak with just their fifth win in the past 17 games.