Warriors claim win No. 68 in OT
SALT LAKE CITY — Stephen Curry scored 31 points, including six straight in overtime, and the Golden State Warriors continued their historic run with a 103-96 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.
The Warriors (68-7) surpassed last season's victory total and must win five of their final seven games to break the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' record of 72-10.
Klay Thompson hit the tying 3-pointer with 15 seconds remaining in regulation after an offensive rebound and kick-out from Shaun Livingston after Thompson missed the previous attempt.
Curry took over with his burst that gave the Warriors a 99-93 lead. He then took a charge on Gordon Hayward with 1:21 left before setting up Draymond Green's dunk on the ensuing possession to put away the game.
The Jazz (37-38) fell into a tie with the Houston Rockets for the No. 7 slot in the Western Conference playoff race.
Curry had seven rebounds and four assists, while Thompson finished with 18 points.
Hayward led the Jazz with 21 points and Rodney Hood added 20. Rudy Gobert finished with 11 points and 18 rebounds.
The Jazz shot just 34.8 percent in the first half, but only trailed 42-40 at the break. The Warriors managed just 16 points in the second quarter, a season low for that period.
Warriors: The Warriors have been held to 42 or fewer points in the first half just three times in 2015-16. ... Curry has hit a 3-pointer in an NBA-record 145 straight regular-season games.
Jazz: Alec Burks missed his 47th consecutive game with a fractured fibula. Jazz coach Quin Snyder said they're being conservative with his return. ... Derrick Favors left the game in the third quarter with right knee soreness and did not return.
"I've said many times over the years that I didn't think that (Bulls) record would be broken, and it still may not be," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "We have a tough finish still to go in the last games. To be part of both situations is unreal. It's a pretty good stroke of fortune."
Warriors: Host Boston on Friday.
Jazz: Host Minnesota on Friday.
SPURS 100, PELICANS 92: At San Antonio, Manu Ginobili scored 20 points and the Spurs beat the injury-depleted Pelicans for their NBA-record 38th straight home victory to open a season.
San Antonio topped the 37-0 start by the Chicago Bulls during their record 72-victory season in 1995-96. Golden State has an existing 36-game home winning streak to open the season, giving the Warriors a chance to end up with the record.
San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard had 16 points in his return from a three-game absence, showing no discomfort after bruising his right quadriceps last Wednesday.
Alexis Ajinca had 18 points for New Orleans, which was without nine players due to injury. Jordan Hamilton added 14 points in his first start in his third game with the team.
NUGGETS 109, GRIZZLIES 105: At Memphis, Tenn., Will Barton scored 25 points, Emmanuel Mudiay had 17 and the Nuggets beat the reeling Grizzlies.
Barton split a pair of free-throw attempts with 3.2 seconds left to help Denver hold on after Memphis pulled within three.
The Grizzlies (41-34) have lost four in a row. Their advantage over idle Portland for the fifth seed in the Western Conference is down to two games.
Zach Randolph led Memphis with 26 points, while Jordan Farmar finished with 14.
KINGS 120, WIZARDS 111: At Sacramento, Calif., DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and four blocks, and the Kings hurt the Wizards' playoff hopes.
The Wizards dropped their second straight and fourth in five games, falling 3 1/2 games behind Indiana for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.
Bradley Beal scored 24 points and Otto Porter had 20 for Washington. John Wall contributed 14 points and 13 assists.
Rudy Gay and Omri Casspi scored 15 points apiece for the Kings, and Rajon Rondo had 15 points and 11 assists before he was ejected after getting a double technical in the closing seconds of the game.
CLIPPERS 99, TIMBERWOLVES 79: At Minneapolis, Chris Paul had 20 points, 16 assists and eight rebounds, leading the Clippers to their fourth straight victory.
J.J. Redick scored 17 points for Los Angeles, and DeAndre Jordan had 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. The Clippers held Minnesota to 34.5 percent shooting and only turned the ball over seven times.
Karl-Anthony Towns had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have been humming along with one of the league's best offenses since the All-Star break until they hit the Clippers wall. Andrew Wiggins had just seven points and six turnovers and left the game midway through the third quarter with a lacerated chin.
Los Angeles never trailed and led by as many as 33 early in the fourth quarter.
MAVERICKS 91, KNICKS 89: At Dallas, J.J. Barea scored 26 points and made the go-ahead layup with 49.9 seconds left, helping Dallas rally in the fourth quarter.
The Mavericks tied the Rockets for eighth place in the Western Conference.
Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points for New York and Derrick Williams added 15 in his third start of the season.
BUCKS 105, SUNS 94: At Milwaukee, Khris Middleton scored nine of his 26 points in the final 7:31, Jabari Parker added 21 points and Milwaukee stopped a five-game slide.
Milwaukee's reserves outscored Phoenix's backups 32-9. Phoenix has lost four straight and five of six.
PJ Tucker had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Phoenix. Devin Booker scored 18 points, and Alex Len had 17 points and 15 rebounds.
RAPTORS 105, HAWKS 97: At Toronto, DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Jonas Valanciunas added 19 points and nine rebounds, and Toronto earned its franchise-record 50th victory of the season.
DeRozan added six assists and five rebounds, while Kyle Lowry finished with 17 points, 11 assists and six rebounds as the Raptors (50-24) won for just the second time in five games.
Jeff Teague had 18 points for the Hawks (45-31), who had won four in a row. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 15 points and Paul Millsap had seven points and nine rebounds.
LAKERS 102, HEAT 100, OT: At Los Angeles, Jordan Clarkson scored 26 points and D’Angelo Russell added 16 points after a controversial day.