WARRIORS WIN ‘CURRY BOWL’
Brothers duel ends with Stephen’s Golden State romping home
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.