Stephen Curry on Friday night scored 41 points in three quarters and Draymond Green had a triple-double as the Golden State Warriors beat Phoenix 135-116, extending their NBA-record start to 17-0.
The Warriors set a franchise mark for three-pointers with 22, one shy of the league record.
Curry made a season-high nine of his 16 attempts from long range in his 14th career 40-point game, the fifth this season. Green had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in his third career triple-double, his second this season.
The Warriors set another NBA mark in their highest-scoring game of the season by making 15 three-pointers (in 20 attempts) in the first half. Leandro Barbosa added 21 points on eight-of-nine shooting, including five for five on three-pointers.
T.J. Warren scored a career-high 28 points for the Suns in their third straight loss and fourth in five games.
ROCKETS 116, 76ERS 114
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In Houston, Texas, James Harden had 50 points, nine rebounds and eight assists as Houston beat winless Philadelphia.
Harden was 14 for 28 from the field and 16 for 20 at the line in his third career game with 50 or more points. He is averaging 36.2 points in his past five games.
Philadelphia moved one loss away from matching the New Jersey Nets’ NBA-worst mark of 18 losses to open a season. The Sixers have dropped 27 in a row dating to last season for the longest losing streak in major US professional sports history, passing the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976-1977. The previous record was also matched by the 76ers in 2013-2014.
Robert Covington had 28 points for Philadelphia, who made a franchise-record 16 three-pointers in 35 attempts. One day removed from a Boston nightclub altercation, rookie Jahlil Okafor had 11 points and six rebounds.
PACERS 104, BULLS 92
In Indianapolis, Indiana, Paul George scored 33 points and C.J. Miles had 16 as Indiana earned their fourth consecutive win.
The Pacers have won 10 of 12 overall. Monta Ellis had 14 points, and George Hill finished with 10 assists.
Nikola Mirotic scored a season-high 25 points for Chicago (9-5), and Jimmy Butler added 16. The Bulls lost for only the second time in six games.
Indiana broke out of a sluggish start with a 17-2 run that made it 19-9 midway through the first quarter, and they never trailed again.
CAVALIERS 95, HORNETS 90
In Charlotte, North Carolina, LeBron James had 25 points and 13 rebounds for Cleveland, extending his personal run of dominance against Charlotte.
James’ teams have won 23 straight games against franchises based in Charlotte — both the Hornets and Bobcats. He played in all but two of those.
Kevin Love had a double-double at halftime and finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds as the Cavaliers snapped Charlotte’s seven-game home winning streak and improved to 4-4 on the road.
Kemba Walker had 18 points, and Nicolas Batum added 17 points and eight rebounds for Charlotte.
HAWKS 116, GRIZZLIES 101
In Memphis, Tennessee, Paul Millsap had 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead balanced Atlanta past Memphis.
Atlanta, who had lost five of seven, had six players score in double figures. Jeff Teague had 20 points and seven assists, Al Horford scored 16 points and Kent Bazemore managed 14.
Millsap was 11 of 13 from the free-throw line.
Mike Conley led Memphis with 16 points, but was four of 13 from the field. Matt Barnes scored 15, while Courtney Lee and Vince Carter added 14 apiece.
HEAT 97, KNICKS 78
In New York, Gerald Green scored a season-high 25 points while starting in place of Luol Deng as the Heat earned their second victory over the Knicks this week.
Chris Bosh added 20 points and Dwyane Wade had 17 for the Heat, who held the Knicks to 78 points in both victories over the last six nights.
Green showed off his entire repertoire during a superb fourth-quarter stretch that turned the game into a blowout and sent the Heat to their eighth straight victory over the Knicks, their longest winning streak in the series.
Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis each scored 11 points for New York in their third straight loss.
MAGIC 114, BUCKS 90
In Orlando, Florida, Elfrid Payton had 22 points and 10 assists to lead Orlando to the win.
The Magic shot 52.4 percent from the field and limited the Bucks to 41.9 percent shooting. Tobias Harris scored 19 points for Orlando, and Evan Fournier and Victor Oladipo had 17 apiece.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jerryd Bayless led Milwaukee with 17 points apiece. Khris Middleton had 15.
The Magic made each of their six three-point attempts and 13 of 16 shots (81.3 percent) overall while blowing the game open in the third period. Orlando outscored Milwaukee 37-22 in the quarter to push a six-point halftime lead to 86-65.
SPURS 91, NUGGETS 80
In Denver, Colorado, Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points as San Antonio beat Denver for their fourth win in a row.
Tony Parker added 13 points and Jonathon Simmons had 12 for the Spurs, who were without Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. The veteran stars got the night off to rest with San Antonio playing the second of three games in four nights.
Danilo Gallinari had 16 points for the Nuggets, who have lost five in a row. Denver have also lost nine straight to San Antonio.
THUNDER 103, PISTONS 87
In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Kevin Durant had 34 points and 13 rebounds to help Oklahoma City beat Detroit for their fourth straight win.
Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and Enes Kanter added 14 points apiece for the Thunder. In a matchup of the NBA’s top two rebounding teams, the No. 2 Thunder outrebounded the No. 1 Pistons 58-38. Detroit center Andre Drummond, who was leading the league with 17.8 rebounds per game, finished with seven.
Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson was traded by Oklahoma City last season after saying he wanted to be a starter, despite playing behind Westbrook. Jackson was booed loudly during pre-game warm-ups and was jeered most of the time when he touched the ball. He finished with 15 points on four-for-16 shooting.
In other results, it was:
‧ Clippers 111, Pelicans 90
‧ Timberwolves 101, Kings 91
‧ Celtics 111, Wizards 78
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
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Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017