Du­rant drops 37 as War­riors beat Suns

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PHOENIX » Kevin Du­rant scored 37 points, Stephen Curry added 28 and the Golden State War­riors held off the pesky Phoenix Suns 106-100 on Sun­day.

The War­riors didn’t seal the vic­tory un­til Curry’s two free throws with 12.9 sec­onds to play. Du­rant added a pair of free throws with seven sec­onds left to pro­vide the fi­nal mar­gin.

T.J. War­ren scored 26 points and Eric Bled­soe had 21 for the win­less Suns, who took the Thun­der into over­time in Ok­la­homa City on Fri­day night. Tyson Chan­dler grabbed 18 re­bounds for Phoenix.

The Suns led by as many as 13 in the first half. The War­riors fi­nally took some­what shaky con­trol mid­way through the fi­nal quar­ter. THUN­DER 112, LAK­ERS 96 » Rus­sell West­brook scored 33 points as part of an­other triple-dou­ble to help Ok­la­homa City beat Los An­ge­les to re­main un­beaten.

West­brook, com­ing off a 51-point triple-dou­ble against the Phoenix Suns on Fri­day, also had 16 as­sists and 12 re­bounds against the Lak­ers. Ac­cord­ing to the Thun­der, he joined Magic John­son, Jerry Lu­cas and Os­car Robert­son as the only play­ers in NBA his­tory with two triple-dou­bles in the first three games of a sea­son.

The Thun­der have won 20 straight reg­u­lar-sea­son games when West­brook reg­is­ters a triple-dou­ble. He clinched this one, the 39th of his ca­reer, in the third quar­ter. He ended the game with sea­son av­er­ages of 38.7 points, 12.3 re­bounds and 11.7 as­sists.

Vic­tor Oladipo added 20 points for the Thun­der.

D’An­gelo Rus­sell and Julius Ran­dle each scored 20 points for the Lak­ers. SPURS 106, HEAT 99 » Kawhi Leonard scored 14 of his 27 points in the fi­nal 6:04, do­ing so with a ban­dage un­der his right eye and help­ing San An­to­nio hold off Miami to re­main un­beaten.

Leonard left the game with 8:29 re­main­ing to be tended to and re­turned for the fi­nal 6:48.

Pau Ga­sol had 20 points and 11 re­bounds for the Spurs, who wasted a 16-point first-half lead be­fore re­cov­er­ing. Patty Mills added 18 for San An­to­nio, the first team to get to 4-0 in this young NBA sea­son. ROCKETS 93, MAVERICKS 92 » James Har­den made a free throw with 0.1 sec­onds left, lift­ing Hous­ton over Dal­las in its home opener.

Har­den had 28 points, seven re­bounds and seven as­sists. He was fouled by Wes­ley Matthews on a driv­ing layup at the buzzer with the game tied, then made the se­cond of two free-throw at­tempts. CLIP­PERS 88, JAZZ 75 » Austin Rivers scored 19 points, Blake Grif­fin added 18 and Los An­ge­les routed Utah in its home opener.

Ja­mal Craw­ford had 12 points, and De­An­dre Jor­dan had 16 re­bounds de­spite sprain­ing his right thumb. GRIZ­ZLIES 112, WIZARDS 103, OT » Marc Ga­sol scored 20 points, in­clud­ing a 3-pointer to send the game into over­time, to help Mem­phis beat Wash­ing­ton.

The game was tied in reg­u­la­tion after Ga­sol’s 3 from 27 feet with 15.7 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion tied the score at 100-all. John Wall’s 9-foot at­tempt at the horn was off, send­ing the game to an ex­tra pe­riod. PIS­TONS 98, BUCKS 83 » An­dre Drum­mond had 20 points and 23 re­bounds, help­ing Detroit cruise.

Ken­tavi­ous Cald­well-Pope added 21 points for the Pis­tons, who scored seven straight points in the fi­nal minute of the third quar­ter to build a 10-point lead. Drum­mond reached 20 re­bounds for a se­cond con­sec­u­tive game, and this was his 10th ca­reer game with at least 20 points and 20 re­bounds.

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