War­riors too strong for Mavericks

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Golden State War­riors’ Stephen Curry (right) shoots against Dal­las Mavericks’ Dwight Pow­ell (7) dur­ing the sec­ond half of a NBA bas­ket­ball game on Wed­nes­day in Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia. Golden State won 116-95. OAK­LAND, Cal­i­for­nia (AP): LAY THOMP­SON hit his first seven shots and scored 18 of his 20 points in the open­ing pe­riod as the Golden State War­riors cruised past the un­der­manned Dal­las Mavericks 116-95 in the NBA on Wed­nes­day night.

“I feel it’s com­ing ev­ery game, hon­estly,” Thomp­son said. “I won’t let missed shots dic­tate how hard I play. As long

Kas I play hard, I know I’ll be suc­cess­ful. It’s that sim­ple.” Kevin Du­rant led Golden State with 28 points, Stephen Curry added 24 and Dray­mond Green had 16 points and 10 re­bounds as the War­riors used their out­side shoot­ing to build a 19-point lead in the first quar­ter and never looked back.

Har­ri­son Barnes scored 25 points to lead Dal­las in his first game against the War­riors since leav­ing as a free agent last sum­mer.

DeMar DeRozan won a shoot-out with Rus­sell West­brook, scor­ing 37 points to lead the Toronto Rap­tors to a 112-102 vic­tory over the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der.

DeRozan, the NBA’s lead­ing scorer with a 34.1 av­er­age head­ing into the game, made 13 of 22 field goals and 11 of 15 free throws.

“You know, some­times you’ve got to tip your hat, and good of­fence can beat great de­fence,” Thun­der coach Billy Dono­van said. “He had that hap­pen sev­eral times where he made some very, very dif­fi­cult shots.”

West­brook had 36 points, seven re­bounds and seven as­sists, but he made just nine of 26 shots and com­mit­ted eight turnovers.

“I thought ev­ery­body that guarded him did a de­cent job, but it was a five-man job,” Rap­tors coach Dwane Casey said. “Not one guy is go­ing to stop him, and I say that all the time. It’s on the team.”

James Harden had a triple­dou­ble with 24 points, 15 as­sists and 12 re­bounds as Hous­ton made two late de­fen­sive stands to hold off San An­to­nio 101-99.

“It was im­por­tant for us,” Harden said. “The only way we’re go­ing to get to where we want to go is on the de­fen­sive end. The game wasn’t pretty at all, but de­fen­sively we got stops.”

Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points for the Spurs but missed his fi­nal two shots, ei­ther of which could have tied the game. Af­ter Leonard missed a layup in the fi­nal sec­onds, LaMar­cus Aldridge missed a tip-in at­tempt at the buzzer.

Blake Grif­fin had 22 points and 13 re­bounds and Chris Paul added 19 points as the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers rolled past the Port­land Trail Blazers 111-80.

“When you play de­fence the way we have been, it’s a lot of fun,” Grif­fin said. “We en­joy get­ting stops and look for­ward to get­ting stops. Guys are just fly­ing around, and even if some­one makes a mis­take, there’s an­other guy to cover up for them. When you are play­ing bas­ket­ball like that, it’s a blast.”

The Clip­pers stunned Port­land from the open­ing tip, shoot­ing 59 per­cent in the first quar­ter. They built a 32-point lead in the first half, when Grif­fin had 17 points. Los An­ge­les’ bench opened the sec­ond quar­ter on a 14-2 run to go up 50-18 be­fore ex­tend­ing the lead to 61-32 at half-time.

Paul Ge­orge scored seven of In­di­ana’s 13 points in over­time as the In­di­ana Pacers beat the win­less Philadel­phia 76ers 122115, while Carmelo An­thony scored 14 of his 22 points in the third quar­ter in New York’s 11096 vic­tory over the Brook­lyn Nets.

Eric Bled­soe had 21 points, 11 re­bounds and eight as­sists to help the Phoenix Suns rally to beat the Detroit Pistons 107-100, while Otto Porter scored a ca­reer-high 34 points as the Wash­ing­ton Wiz­ards de­feated the Bos­ton Celtics 118-93.

The At­lanta Hawks beat the Chicago Bulls 115-107, the Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves de­feated Or­lando Magic 123107 and the Char­lotte Hor­nets over­came the Utah Jazz 104-98.

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Hous­ton Rock­ets for­ward Ryan An­der­son (3) cel­e­brates a score as he runs past San An­to­nio Spurs for­ward Kawhi Leonard dur­ing the sec­ond half of a NBA bas­ket­ball game in San An­to­nio on Wed­nes­day. Hous­ton won 101-99.

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