War­riors de­feat Knicks with team­work

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NEW YORK:

The Golden State War­riors passed cir­cles around the New York Knicks on Thurs­day night, as­sist­ing on their first 36 bas­kets over 35 min­utes in a 103-90 vic­tory over the un­der­manned East­ern Con­fer­ence squad. Klay Thomp­son had a game-high 25 points and JaVale McGee dropped in 17 in a rare start, help­ing Golden State im­prove to 7-0 against East­ern teams this sea­son with a fifth straight win over the Knicks. The 41 to­tal as­sists gave Golden State (234) at least 30 in 19 of their 27 games this sea­son. No other NBA team has reached 30 more than four times. The War­riors topped 40 as­sists three times this sea­son, be­com­ing the first team to do so since the 1996-97 Chicago Bulls. Kevin Du­rant (eight), Stephen Curry (eight) and Dray­mond Green (seven) led the as­sist bar­rage against the Knicks team that was with­out Carmelo An­thony (bruised right shoul­der) and Der­rick Rose (sore lower back). Du­rant nearly recorded a triple-dou­ble with 15 points and a game-high 14 re­bounds to go with his eight as­sists.

SPURS 107, SUNS 92

Kawhi Leonard and Pau Ga­sol scored 18 points apiece and San An­to­nio used a 21-3 run in the fourth quar­ter to put away Phoenix. LaMar­cus Aldridge added 14 points and seven re­bounds for the Spurs, who won 14 of 15 road games this sea­son and three in a row over­all. San An­to­nio hadn’t played on the road since tak­ing its only loss, 95-91 at the Chicago Bulls on Dec. 8. Leonard and Ga­sol grabbed 10 and nine re­bounds, re­spec­tively. Devin Booker had 17 points and Eric Bled­soe added 14 for the Suns, who hung with the Spurs for three quar­ters be­fore fall­ing vic­tim to the de­ci­sive run.

NUGGETS 132, TRAIL BLAZ­ERS 120

Danilo Gal­li­nari scored 27 points, Gary Har­ris added 18 in his re­turn and Den­ver took a big lead early and went on to beat Port­land. Wilson Chan­dler had 17 points and eight re­bounds for the Nuggets, who snapped a five-game los­ing streak against the Trail Blaz­ers. Port­land won 13 of the pre­vi­ous 14 against Den­ver but were never in this one. The Nuggets’ only win in that stretch was Nov. 9, 2015 in Den­ver. They held an eight-point lead late in their home opener this year only to see the Trail Blaz­ers rally and win in over­time. Damian Lil­lard led Port­land with 40 points and 10 as­sists. CJ McCol­lum scored 23 and Ma­son Plum­lee had 19 points and seven re­bounds. The Trail Blaz­ers lost for the fourth time in five games.

BUCKS 108, BULLS 97

Matthew Dellave­dova drained a 3-pointer that re­stored a dou­ble-digit lead with 1:34 left as Mil­wau­kee held off a late charge by Chicago. Mak­ing a rare ap­pear­ance in front of a national tele­vi­sion au­di­ence, the Bucks’ Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo and Jabari Parker put on a show. They com­bined to hit 24 of 46 shots and sink five 3-point­ers to fin­ish with 30 and 28 points, re­spec­tively. An­te­tok­oun­mpo added 14 re­bounds, three as­sists and three steals, while Parker grabbed five boards and dished out three as­sists. The Bulls’ Taj Gib­son scored 17 of his 19 in the first half while Jimmy But­ler added 10 be­fore the break and fin­ished with a team-lead­ing 21. Dwyane Wade scored 16 of his 20 in the sec­ond half.

PELICANS 102, PAC­ERS 95

An­thony Davis scored a game-high 35 points and rookie Buddy Hield had a sea­son-high 21 as New Or­leans de­feated In­di­ana. Hield made a sea­son-high five 3-point­ers, all in the sec­ond half, Jrue Hol­i­day added 16 points and Ter­rence Jones had 10 points off the bench for the Pelicans, who fin­ished the game on a 17-5 run. Myles Turner led the Pac­ers with 26 points, Jeff Teague scored 21, Paul Ge­orge had 18 and Al Jef­fer­son scored 14 off the bench. — Reuters

OAK­LAND: Joakim Noah #13 of the New York Knicks goes up for a shot on JaVale McGee #1 of the Golden State War­riors at OR­A­CLE Arena on Thurs­day in Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia. —AFP

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