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Warriors celebrate Iguodala’s return with a victory

AP, OAKLAND, California

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, center, shoots against the New Orleans Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson, left, and Jason Smith during the second quarter of their game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, on Tuesday.

Photo: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY

Stephen Curry had 28 points and 12 assists, while David Lee added 21 points and 17 rebounds to help the Golden State Warriors beat the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans 104-93 on Tuesday night in Andre Iguodala’s long-awaited return.

Iguodala finished with two points and two assists in 17 minutes after missing the previous 12 games with a right hamstring injury. The Warriors led by 10 points in the first quarter, 18 at halftime and 26 late in the third quarter.

The Pelicans played without injured starters Anthony Davis (broken left hand) and Tyreke Evans (sprained left ankle). Ryan Anderson had 21 points and six rebounds, and Jason Smith scored 12 for New Orleans, who have lost their first two games of a five-game trip.

The Warriors outshot the Pelicans 45.1 to 37.5 percent and outrebounded them 58 to 44 to control the game — for the most part — from start to finish. New Orleans made a brief run in the fourth quarter against Golden State’s backups before the starters returned and restored order.


In Cleveland, Damian Lillard made a tiebreaking three-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining, lifting Portland to the road win.

Lillard had a career-high eight three-pointers while scoring 36 points. This year’s National Basketball Association (NBA) Rookie of the Year also had a fadeaway jumper as time expired to give Portland a 111-109 overtime victory over Detroit on Sunday.

Portland (22-4) have the best record in the NBA and are 11-0 against the Eastern Conference. The Blazers have won five straight and are 12-2 on the road.

Kyrie Irving’s bid for a tying three-pointer bounced off the back of the rim at the buzzer. Irving and Dion Waiters scored 25 points apiece for Cleveland.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 15 rebounds for Portland.


In Denver, Kevin Durant scored 30 points, powering the Thunder to their seventh consecutive victory.

Durant had 30 or more points in a game for the 12th time this season, most in the NBA. He is averaging a league-high 28.6 points.

Russell Westbrook had 21 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists for the Thunder. Serge Ibaka added 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Denver had won 10 of 13. J.J. Hickson had 20 points and 14 rebounds, but the Nuggets dropped to 0-2 this season against Oklahoma City. Ty Lawson added 17 points and 13 assists.


In Memphis, Kobe Bryant scored 21 points in his sixth game of the season and the Lakers closed out a four-game road trip with a victory.

Pau Gasol added 21 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who were coming off a 114-100 loss at Atlanta on Monday night. Nick Young had 18 points and Jodie Meeks finished with 13.

Zach Randolph had 18 points and a season-high 16 rebounds for Memphis. The Grizzlies played without Mike Conley, who sat out after bruising his left thigh in Sunday’s loss to Minnesota.

The Grizzlies led 69-67 in the fourth quarter before the Lakers went on a 17-4 run.

Bryant played for 32 minutes, matching his most action since returning from his torn left Achilles’ tendon. He was nine-for-18 from the field, both season highs, despite running the offense most of the night.


In Charlotte, Kemba Walker scored 24 points, helping Charlotte snap a three-game losing streak.

Gerald Henderson added 20 points and reserve Ramon Sessions scored 16 for the Bobcats, who went eight-for-17 from three-point range. Walker also had five assists in his 10th game, with at least 20 points.

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