Curry scores 36 with 12 assists as Warriors beat Heat 123-114
AP Saturday, January 4, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
MIAMI -- Stephen Curry scored 36 points and handed out 12 assists and David Lee scored 32 points as the Golden State Warriors beat the Miami Heat 123-114 Thursday night and extended the NBA's longest current winning streak to seven games.
Curry was 13 for 22 from the field and 8 for 15 from beyond the arc for Golden State. Lee added 14 rebounds, Klay Thompson scored 16 points and Harrison Barnes had 15 for the Warriors.
LeBron James scored 26 points and Dwyane Wade added 22 for the Heat, which had all five starters in double figures. Chris Bosh scored 19, Mario Chalmers had 17 and Shane Battier 11 for Miami.
But the Heat allowed Golden State to shoot 56 percent, make 15 of 29 tries from 3-point range, and finish with a 40-31 rebounding edge.
Knicks 105, Spurs 101 Iman Shumpert scored a career-high 27 points, including the tiebreaking tip-in with 23.4 seconds left, and Carmelo Anthony had 27 points and 12 rebounds in his return from injury as New York surprised San Antonio.
Amare Stoudemire added 11 points and Beno Udrih and Andrea Bargnani had 10 each for the Knicks, who ended a three-game losing streak.
Marco Belinelli had a career-high 32 points, but missed a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute for San Antonio.
The Spurs dropped to 12-5 at home this season. They had won three in a row overall.
The Knicks' skid coincided with Anthony sitting out with a sprained left ankle, but the All-Star forward looked refreshed in revitalizing the team's struggling offense.
Nets 95, Thunder 93 Joe Johnson hit a high-arching jumper as time expired to give Brooklyn a comeback victory over Oklahoma City.
Johnson's game-winning shot capped an improbable rally from a 16-point second-half deficit for the Nets, led by a season-high 29 points from Deron Williams.
Brooklyn trailed 77-61 late in the third quarter, but Williams scored 18 in the second half and helped set the stage for Johnson's last-second shot. Paul Pierce added 18 points for the Nets.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 24 points. Oklahoma City was playing its fourth straight game without injured All-Star Russell Westbrook.
The loss was the second straight for the Thunder, only the second time they've lost two in a row this season.
Trail Blazers 134, Bobcats 104 Wesley Matthews had 25 points, including five of Portland's 21 3-pointers, as the Trail Blazers routed Charlotte.
The Blazers hit their first seven 3-pointers and finished by making 63.6 percent of their 33 attempts. Damian Lillard finished with 24 points, including all six of his 3-point tries. The 21 3-pointers matches a franchise high, set in a 139-105 victory at the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 14.
With the win, Portland upped its record to 26-7 and moved back into the top spot in the Western Conference.
It was the season-high fifth-straight loss for the Bobcats, who were coming off a 112-85 loss to the Clippers the night before. Charlotte has lost six straight in Portland.
Chris Douglas-Roberts came off the bench to lead the Bobcats with 20 points. Al Jefferson added 19.
Other games on Thursday:
Cavaliers 87, Magic 85,OT
Bulls 94, Celtics 82
Grizzlies 99, Suns 91
76ers 113, Kings 104
Jazz 96, Bucks 87
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