Warriors beat Cavaliers to post fifth straight win


Tue, Dec 31, 2013 - Page 19

Stephen Curry scored 29 points and made a clutch jumper with 13.5 seconds left as the Golden State Warriors opened a long road trip with their fifth straight victory, 108-104 in overtime against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.

Curry overcame a poor shooting performance after halftime, and nearly recorded a triple-double by adding 11 assists and nine rebounds. Curry was just two-of-12 from the floor in the second half and OT.

David Lee scored 19 before fouling out for the Warriors, who are on the road for seven games over the next 13 days.

Kyrie Irving scored 27 for Cleveland, who dropped their fifth straight and lost their third tight game in a row.

The Cavs lost by three in Boston on Saturday and two in double-overtime against Atlanta on Thursday.


Kevin Durant had 33 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and Oklahoma City won their second straight game without Russell Westbrook, beating Houston.

Jeremy Lamb added a career-high 22 points and five assists for Oklahoma City, who have the NBA’s best record at 25-5. The Thunder have won 12 of their past 13 and 20 of their past 22 games.

Reggie Jackson, starting in Westbrook’s place, had 16 points and eight assists.

Aaron Brooks had 17 points and Chandler Parsons scored 15 for Houston, who were playing their fourth game in five days.

The Rockets, who had a three-game winning streak snapped, missed their first 12 shots and shot 36.5 percent from the field (31 of 85).

SPURS 112, KINGS 104

In San Antonio, Manu Ginobili scored 28 points, Tony Parker added 22 and Tim Duncan had 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead San Antonio over Sacramento. Boris Diaw had 14 points and Tiago Splitter added 11 for San Antonio (24-7).

DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points and 14 rebounds, Isaiah Thomas added 27 points and Rudy Gay had 24 for Sacramento (9-20).

Struggling mightily on defense for much of the second half, the Spurs turned to their Big Three to close out the upstart Kings. Ginobili, Duncan and Parker scored San Antonio’s final 21 points in a 23-8 run to close the game.

In other NBA action, it was:

‧ Magic 109, Hawks 102

‧ 76ers 111, Lakers 104