Broth­ers duel ends with Stephen’s Golden State romp­ing home

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STEPHEN Curry scored 17 points to win his lat­est on-court duel with el­der brother Seth on Tues­day as the Golden State War­riors notched a fifth straight vic­tory with a rout of the Dal­las Mav­er­icks.

The Western Con­fer­ence lead­ers were rarely in trou­ble as they romped to a 112-87 win at the Amer­i­can Air­lines Cen­tre in Texas to im­prove to 57-14 in a game dubbed the “Curry Bowl.”

The game marked the sixth time the Curry sib­lings have faced each other on an NBA court — and it was War­riors star Steph who came out on top.

“Just know­ing that we were go­ing to be out there for ex­tended min­utes play­ing against each other is a sur­real kind of feel­ing; see­ing your brother, who you’ve been bat­tling with since you can re­mem­ber, out on the NBA floor,” Steph said af­ter­wards.

“It’s amaz­ing to see what he has done here in Dal­las, tak­ing his game to the next level and show­ing them what he is re­ally about.”

Klay Thomp­son led a bal­anced of­fense with 23 points, while Steph added nine as­sists to his points haul.

But it was the War­riors’ de­fen­sive dis­play that left coach Steve Kerr beam­ing with pride.

“In the past sev­eral sea­sons our team have been in the top five in the NBA de­fen­sively, and ob­vi­ously we’ve got plenty of shoot­ers and scor­ers,” Kerr said.

The Dubs’ win keeps them firmly in con­trol of their des­tiny at the top of the con­fer­ence.

Near­est ri­vals San An­to­nio im­proved to 54-16 with a come­from-be­hind win over the Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves.

LaMar­cus Aldridge scored 26 points as the Spurs fought back from a nine-point half­time deficit to claim a 100-93 win.

Kawhi Leonard con­trib­uted 22 points to back up Aldridge while Span­ish vet­eran Pau Ga­sol scored 11 points off the bench as the Spurs claimed a sec­ond straight win.

In the East­ern Con­fer­ence, DeMar DeRozan’s 42 points stole the show as Toronto sealed a 122120 over­time win over the Chicago Bulls.

A stormy clash saw Chicago’s Robin Lopez and Toronto’s Serge Ibaka both be ejected dur­ing the third quar­ter af­ter a brawl erupted.

Lopez fin­ished the game with 12 points while Ibaka had 16 points be­fore the dis­missals.

RE­SULTS: LA Clip­pers 133 LA Lak­ers 109, Mil­wau­kee 93 Port­land 90, San An­to­nio 100 Min­nesota 93, Golden State 112 Dal­las 87, New Or­leans 95 Mem­phis 82, Brook­lyn 98 Detroit 96, Mi­ami 112 Phoenix 97, Toronto 122 Chicago 120 (OT). AFP


War­riors’ Stephen Curry (left) drives to the bas­ket against the Mav­er­icks in their NBA game onTues­day.

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