Stephen Curry scores 34 points, leads Warriors past Nets
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, shoots in front of Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, March 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
By Janie McCauley, Associated Press
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 34 points with six 3-pointers, and the Golden State Warriors won their sixth straight since the All-Star break by beating the Brooklyn Nets 114-101 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).
Kevin Durant added 19 points and six rebounds for the defending champions, who are still trying to put together four steady quarters.
D'Angelo Russell had 22 points for the Nets, who hung tough through three quarters but couldn't last. They lost by three points at the Clippers on Sunday (Monday, PHL time).
Curry sure didn't seem to be slowed down a bit after the two-time MVP tweaked his troublesome right ankle Friday (Saturday, PHL time) at Atlanta. He was fine at practice Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) after two days off.
Curry scored 11 straight points during a 25-0 run that turned a 14-10 deficit into a 35-14 lead late in the opening quarter.
The Nets came roaring back in a cold, 13-point second quarter by Golden State and took a 53-48 lead into halftime. The Warriors shot 6-for-18 in the second.
Draymond Green's three-pointer from the top with 9:43 to play put the Warriors up 93-81. Green wound up with 16 points, nine assists and five rebounds while committing six turnovers.
Klay Thompson struggled to find his shooting touch early, scoring 18 points and finally making his first three-pointer with 3:55 to play. He dished out five assists.
Thompson needs two more three-pointers to reach 200 or more triples for the sixth straight time, which would tie Curry for an NBA record of most such seasons with 200 or more three's — and also for doing it in successive years. Ray Allen has the second-most seasons with 200-plus three's in NBA history at five.
Warriors rookie forward Jordan Bell landed awkwardly on his right ankle and sprained it trying to block a shot by Russell with 8.4 seconds left in the third and hobbled to the bench, grimacing in pain. He was scheduled for X-rays.
Bell, who scored five early points, had just made a one-game appearance with Santa Cruz in the G League. He recently missed 14 games with a left ankle injury.
Curry became the seventh player in Warriors history to make 5,000 career field goals. The others: Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry, Chris Mullin, Paul Arizin, Jeff Mullins and Nate Thurmond.
JaVale McGee had 12 points and five rebounds making his sixth straight start in place of Zaza Pachulia and the Warriors improved to 10-0 this season in games when he's out for the opening tipoff.
Coach Steve Kerr made the change but isn't committing for the long haul.
"Nothing is set in stone at that position," he said. "JaVale has done a good job. We kind of played center by committee here for a while now and there is no telling how the rotations will work. It's based on matchups and based on how things are going, but I will definitely lean on all those guys at some point."
Kerr has liked Pachulia's production off the bench yet will continue to go with rotations based on matchups.
Nets: Brooklyn allowed Golden State to score 28 points off the Nets' 16 turnovers. ... After making 19-of-45 three-pointers — going 8-for-15 in the fourth quarter — while squandering a 118-110 lead with 3:11 left to the Clippers, the Nets struggled from deep this time at 9-for-34. ... C Jahlil Okafor, who was available Sunday (Monday, PHL time) but didn't play after missing five games with the flu, again didn't see action.
Warriors: C David West missed the game with a cyst in his right arm. ... Andre Iguodala went over 13,000 points for his career. ... Golden State won a sixth straight vs. Brooklyn and also sixth consecutive at Oracle. ... The Warriors are 23-3 against the Eastern Conference, including 10-2 at home.
Nets: At Charlotte on Thursday (Friday, PHL time).
Warriors: Host Spurs on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), going for a fourth straight win against San Antonio after 122-105 home victory Feb. 10 (Feb. 11, PHL time).