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Curry leads Warriors to 144-98 rout of Clippers

AFP, LOS ANGELES

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, top, goes to the basket against the Los Angeles Clippers in their NBA game in Oakland, California, on Saturday.

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Stephen Curry scored 43 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to their most dominant victory of the NBA season, a 144-98 rout of the Los Angeles Clippers in Oakland, California, on Saturday.

“It feels great,” said Curry, who electrified the crowd with a 51-foot shot to close the first half. “I felt like I was always in a rhythm and the guys were setting great screens.”

After the break he drained five three-pointers in the third quarter en route to 25 points in the period.

“It was one of those quarters where everything seems to go right,” Curry said.

The 46-point margin of victory was the Warriors’ biggest of the season, while the Clippers had not lost by more than 26 points.

Curry notched his third 40-point game of the season and came tantalizingly close to his season-high of 46 points, despite sitting out the entire fourth quarter.

Even Warriors coach Steve Kerr could not help but be in awe of Curry’s performance. Kerr, who played more than 900 games in the NBA, told his star player during one timeout on the bench that he could only dream of having a game like that.

“How does it feel whatever the hell you are feeling right now?” Kerr asked in the middle of the game. “Just once in my life ... for me if I went like five for six and made four threes that was about the best I ever did.”

Kevin Durant added 23 points and a team-high seven assists, while Klay Thompson had 16 points for the Warriors, who notched their fifth straight home win.

Curry also found time for a team-high nine rebounds and six assists.

The Clippers dropped to 1-4 since losing star guard Chris Paul to injury, despite having Blake Griffin back in the lineup.

Griffin, who finished with 20 points, was playing in his second game since returning from a knee injury.

J.J. Redick added 13 points for the Clippers, who have not beaten the Warriors in the regular season since Christmas Day 2014.

Elsewhere, Goran Dragic tallied eight of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Miami Heat extended their NBA winning streak to seven games with a 116-103 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

Wayne Ellington scored 19 points and James Johnson finished with 18 for the Heat, who have the longest active winning streak in the league.

“Our toughest, most physical, most committed minutes were in the fourth quarter. That was good to see,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said.

Miami improved to 18-30 for the season, giving them their longest winning streak since February 2014.

Dion Waiters scored 13 of his 17 points in the first quarter in front of a crowd of 19,600.

Detroit dropped to 21-26 for the season, despite getting a team-high 24 points from Reggie Jackson.

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