Warriors stay on pace on Curry's day
OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry had 27 points, five rebounds and five assists on his 28th birthday, and the Golden State Warriors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 125-107 on Monday night for their record 49th straight regular-season home victory.
Draymond Green added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors (60-6), who are 31-0 at Oracle Arena this season. With 16 games to go, they remain one game ahead of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' pace in their record 72-win season.
Birthday songs, MVP chants and a serenade and piece of cake from his toddler daughter, Riley, made it a great day for Curry — all after his fifth Western Conference Player of the Week award this season and second in two weeks.
He shot 4 for 9 from 3-point range and 10 of 16 overall.
Anthony Davis had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Pelicans.
JAZZ 94, CAVALIERS 85: At Salt Lake City, Rodney Hood scored 28 points and Utah, playing without leading scorer Gordon Hayward, beat Cleveland. The Jazz remained two games behind the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks for the last Western Conference playoff spot, while the Cavaliers stayed 2½ games ahead of Toronto in the East. The Jazz led most of the game, but went into the fourth quarter tied at 66.
MAVERICKS 107, HORNETS 96: At Charlotte, N.C., Chandler Parsons had 24 points and nine rebounds, and Dallas snapped Charlotte's season-high, seven-game winning streak. Dirk Nowitzki added 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Mavericks, who moved back above .500 after losing five straight games. Deron Williams chipped in with 15 points.
BULLS 109, RAPTORS 107: At Toronto, reserve Doug McDermott scored 29 points to lead Chicago to its ninth straight victory over Toronto. E'Twaun Moore and Nikola Mirotic added 17 points apiece as Chicago swept Toronto in the series for the second straight season, handing the Raptors just their second loss in their last 16 games at home.
ROCKETS 130, GRIZZLIES 81: At Houston, Donatas Motiejunas scored 18 points, Trevor Ariza had 16 and Houston coasted to its most lopsided win of the season. The Rockets, who never trailed, were up by 24 at halftime and used a 32-point third quarter to extend the lead to 97-54. The largest margin of victory in franchise history is 52 points.
HEAT 124, NUGGETS 119: At Miami, Justise Winslow scored 20 points, fellow rookie Josh Richardson added 17 and Miami held off Denver. Dwyane Wade scored 19 points and Joe Johnson added 18 for the Heat. Hassan Whiteside finished with another double-double off the bench, scoring 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and adding 10 rebounds.
WIZARDS 124, PISTONS 81: At Washington, John Wall had 15 points and 12 assists, and Washington routed Detroit to snap a five-game skid and gain ground in the playoff race. Nene scored a season-high 20 points off the bench to lead seven Wizards players in double figures during Washington's biggest win and Detroit's worst loss of the season.
SUNS 107, TIMBERWOLVES 104: At Phoenix, Mirza Teletovic made a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left to lift Phoenix over Minnesota. P.J. Tucker scored a career-high 23 points and Teletovic had 21 for the Suns, who won at home for the first time since Feb. 27 and just the second in almost two months.