Klay Thompson scored 26 points, Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut connected on a trick play worthy of the NBA’s slam dunk contest, and the Golden State Warriors have their longest in-season winning streak since 1975 after Sunday night’s 112-96 win over the Washington Wizards.
The Warriors won their ninth in a row by turning the third quarter into a laugher, opening the period with a 30-5 run that included a sequence in which Curry drove into the paint and sent the ball flying out of his hand and off the glass. The carom went right to a leaping Bogut, who timed the play perfectly for a dunk, then stared at his right hand with mouth agape as he ran down court..
Curry and Thompson topped John Wall and Bradley Beal in the battle of the two highest-scoring backcourts in the NBA. Curry scored 14 points on 5-for-17 shooting, but the league’s most turnover-prone player had 10 assists and only two giveaways. Thompson was 9-for-14 from the field, including 6-for-9 from 3-point range.
Wall had 14 points and 10 assists, but he shot 4-for-11, including 1-for-5 in the crucial third quarter.
NUGGETS 137, LAKERS 115: Ty Lawson had 20 points and 12 assists, Timofey Mozgov added 20 points and seven rebounds, and Denver beat the slumping Los Angeles Lakers for its second straight win after an eight-game skid.
Nate Robinson scored 21 points, while Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried added 17 apiece as the Nuggets scored 77 points in the second half.
Denver emphatically earned a win for coach Brian Shaw in his first game back at Staples Center to face the Lakers as a head coach. The longtime Lakers guard and assistant coach was passed over for the top job in Los Angeles after Phil Jackson’s departure.
Pau Gasol had 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists amid another round of trade rumors with the injury-battered Lakers, who have lost seven of eight.
KNICKS 92, MAVERICKS 80: Carmelo Anthony scored 15 of his 19 points in the first quarter to jump-start New York’s victory over Dallas.
New York led by as many as 19 points and held off a second-half rally that pulled the Mavericks within six. The Knicks went 2-1 on a four-day trip through Texas.
Anthony scored six points during a 12-0 run in the first that gave the Knicks a 24-13 lead. He also had four rebounds, three assists and two steals in the quarter.
Dirk Nowitzki had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks, who lost their fourth consecutive home game.
Kenyon Martin scored six points in a 1:13 span early in the third quarter that gave New York a 58-39 lead. He had 10 of the Knicks’ 15 points in the quarter and finished with a season-high 14.
THUNDER 119, CELTICS 96: Reggie Jackson scored a career-high 27 points, Kevin Durant added 21 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, and Oklahoma City halted its home-court swoon with a win over Boston.
Serge Ibaka added 17 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which had lost three of its previous four home games after starting the season 13-0 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder (27-7) have the best record in the Western Conference.
Oklahoma City is 4-2 since All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook had arthroscopic knee surgery on Dec. 27.
Jeff Green and Avery Bradley scored 19 points apiece for Boston, which has lost four straight games and seven of its last eight.
HEAT 102, RAPTORS 97: LeBron James scored 30 points, Michael Beasley came off the bench to add 17, and Miami held on down the stretch to beat Toronto.
Dwyane Wade scored 14 points and Chris Bosh grabbed 11 rebounds for the Heat, who successfully overcame a deficit entering the fourth quarter for the seventh time in 13 tries. Miami was down by five entering the fourth, then opened the final period with a 7-0 run and never trailed again.
DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points on 11-for-19 shooting for Toronto, which was bidding for its first six-game winning streak since April 2007.
PACERS 82, CAVALIERS 78: Paul George scored 16 points, Roy Hibbert made a putback and two free throws in the final 1:09, and Indiana held off Cleveland’s late rally.
The Pacers led by 16 in the fourth before Dion Waiters brought Cleveland back by scoring 12 points in a 16-1 run that got the Cavs within 75-74 with 3:35 left. Hibbert’s free throw with 7.9 seconds left put the Pacers up 81-78, and Indiana got the ball back when Cleveland’s Earl Clark stepped out on an inbounds pass 1 second later.
David West made one free throw with 5.4 seconds left, and the Pacers escaped with their seventh win in eight games. At 27-6, Indiana has the NBA’s best record.
Waiters scored 21 for the Cavaliers, who played without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving.
GRIZZLIES 112, PISTONS 84: Jon Leuer matched a career-high with 23 points, Zach Randolph had 16 points and 16 rebounds, and Memphis dominated the second half to beat Detroit.
Memphis had six players in double figures, including 15 from former Piston Tayshaun Prince.
Greg Monroe led Detroit with 19 points, while Andre Drummond added 15 points and 14 rebounds.
The Pistons lost their fourth straight and fifth in a row at home. They are 4-10 after a 10-10 start.
The Grizzlies continued to alternate wins and losses, going 3-2 in their last five without back-to-back victories or defeats.