War­riors stretch win streak by rout­ing Pac­ers

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Klay Thomp­son scored 25 points in 26 min­utes and two-time MVP Stephen Curry added 22 points as the Golden State War­riors routed the In­di­ana Pac­ers 12083 on Mon­day night. The War­riors (12-2) have won eight straight and kept their starters on the bench for the en­tire fourth quar­ter af­ter tak­ing a 29-point lead. In­di­ana (7-8) looked tired af­ter earn­ing its first road win Sun­day night in over­time at Ok­la­homa City. The Pac­ers also played short-handed, with three-time All-Star Paul Ge­orge, start­ing cen­ter Myles Turner and backup for­ward C.J. Miles all out with in­juries. Rod­ney Stuckey led the Pac­ers with 21 points, but In­di­ana was never close af­ter the first quar­ter. Kevin Du­rant had 14 points, 11 re­bounds and six as­sists for the War­riors.

CLIP­PERS 123, RAP­TORS 115

Chris Paul had 26 points and 12 as­sists, Blake Grif­fin also scored 26 and Los An­ge­les beat Toronto in a matchup of early-sea­son di­vi­sion lead­ers. DeAn­dre Jor­dan added 17 points and 15 re­bounds for the Clip­pers, who im­proved the NBA’s best record to 13-2 with their 10th vic­tory in 11 games. J.J. Redick scored 20 points as Los An­ge­les snapped a four-game los­ing streak to Toronto. The Clip­pers led by 17 in the sec­ond half but the Rap­tors cut the mar­gin to 119-115 on a 3pointer by Kyle Lowry with less than a minute to play. Redick made four free throws down the stretch to seal it. Lowry led Toronto with 27 points and DeMar DeRozan added 25.

GRIZ­ZLIES 105, HOR­NETS 90

Mike Con­ley had 31 points, Marc Ga­sol flirted with a triple-dou­ble and Mem­phis de­feated Char­lotte for its fifth straight win. Con­ley had five 3-point­ers and shot 11 of 21 from the field, in­clud­ing a long 3 with 4 min­utes left that thwarted Char­lotte’s fourth-quar­ter rally and sent the crowd stream­ing to­ward the ex­its. Ga­sol was dom­i­nant in the first half and fin­ished with 13 points, nine as­sists and eight re­bounds. The Griz­zlies led by 24 at half­time af­ter shoot­ing 58 per­cent from the field, in­clud­ing 10 of 16 from 3-point range. Frank Kamin­sky turned in per­haps his best game as a pro for Char­lotte, ty­ing a ca­reer high with 23 points on 9-of-11 shoot­ing. Kemba Walker had 17 points, snap­ping a string of 11 straight games with 20 or more.

76ERS 101, HEAT 94

Joel Em­biid had 22 points, in­clud­ing four late free throws, to lead Philadel­phia over Mi­ami. Ger­ald Hen­der­son added 19 points and Jahlil Okafor had 15 for the 76ers, who won their fourth straight home game. Philadel­phia (4-10) has lost 21 in a row on the road. Has­san White­side set a ca­reer high with 32 points for the Heat while reach­ing dou­ble dig­its in re­bounds for the 13th con­sec­u­tive game to start the sea­son. White­side, who en­tered lead­ing the NBA with 16.2 boards per game, fin­ished with 13.

WIZARDS 106, SUNS 101

Bradley Beal scored a ca­reer-high 42 points and John Wall shook off an aw­ful shoot­ing night with seven key points down the stretch as Wash­ing­ton beat Phoenix. Beal, who scored 34 points in Satur­day’s loss to Mi­ami, had 12 points in the third quar­ter and 14 in the fourth. He shot 14 for 22 and hit five of his 10 3-point at­tempts. Wall, who also scored 34 on Satur­day, fin­ished with 18 this time. He shot just 6 for 24 but con­verted a three-point play with 1:08 re­main­ing to give Wash­ing­ton a 102101 lead. Devin Booker had 30 points and Eric Bled­soe scored 29 for the Suns, who have lost five of six.

ROCK­ETS 99, PISTONS 96

James Har­den had 28 points, 11 as­sists and eight re­bounds to lift Hous­ton over Detroit. Clint Capela added 15 points and 12 re­bounds for the Rock­ets, who won their third straight game. Ken­tavi­ous Caldwell-Pope scored 26 points and An­dre Drum­mond had 13 points and 16 re­bounds for the Pistons, who have lost four in a row. With the Rock­ets cling­ing to a two-point lead and 4.6 sec­onds to go, Drum­mond missed two free throws be­fore Har­den made one of two. Caldwell-Pope missed a half­court heave at the buzzer.

CELTICS 99, TIMBERWOLVES 93

Isaiah Thomas scored 29 points and Bos­ton ral­lied from 13 points down in the fourth quar­ter to beat Min­nesota. Al Hor­ford added 20 points, six re­bounds and five as­sists for the Celtics, who trailed 81-68 af­ter three. Bos­ton opened the fourth on a 17-0 run to take the lead and held on down the stretch for its sec­ond straight win. Karl-An­thony Towns had 27 points and 18 re­bounds for the Timberwolves. Gorgui Dieng added 20 points and 10 re­bounds, but An­drew Wig­gins was just 5 for 18 and Min­nesota scored three points in the first 9 min­utes of the fourth. Terry Rozier added 12 points off the bench and keyed the Celtics’ surge in the first 6 min­utes of the fourth.

BUCKS 93, MAGIC 89

Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo had his first triple­dou­ble

of the sea­son to lead Mil­wau­kee over Or­lando. The Bucks snapped a three-game los­ing streak as An­te­tok­oun­mpo fin­ished with 21 points, 10 re­bounds and 10 as­sists. He made all nine free throws and added five steals and three blocks. Jabari Parker had 22 points for the Bucks and made five 3-point­ers - he be­gan the night with a to­tal of 10. Mil­wau­kee beat Or­lando at home for the eighth time in nine tries. The Magic were led by Serge Ibaka’s 21 points.

SPURS 96, MAV­ER­ICKS 91

Kawhi Leonard had 24 points and nine re­bounds, and San An­to­nio de­feated Dal­las for its sixth straight vic­tory. Dal­las guard Seth Curry matched a ca­reer high with 23 points. Wes­ley Matthews and Har­ri­son Barnes each had 20 in the Mav­er­icks’ sixth con­sec­u­tive loss. With the Mav­er­icks trail­ing 92-91, Barnes missed a fade­away 17-footer with 15 sec­onds left that Manu Gi­no­bili re­bounded. Gi­no­bili hit a pair of free throws, and Curry missed a 3-pointer with 6 sec­onds re­main­ing. San An­to­nio has won six straight against Dal­las and 12 in a row at home. Dal­las (2-11) is off to its worst start since 1993-1994, when the Mav­er­icks opened 123 in a 13 win sea­son. LaMar­cus Aldridge and Tony Parker were in uni­form but nei­ther played as San An­to­nio coach Gregg Popovich opted to rest his vet­er­ans.

— AFP

NDIANAPOLIS: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State War­riors shoots the ball dur­ing the game against the In­di­ana Pac­ers at Bankers Life Field­house on Mon­day in In­di­anapo­lis, In­di­ana.

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