War­riors on fire as Curry leads charge

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STEPHEN Curry scored 48 points and drained 11 three point­ers as the Golden State War­riors stretched their win streak to four straight with a 119-114 vic­tory over the Dal­las Mav­er­icks yes­ter­day.

Curry tal­lied 24 points in the sec­ond half and scored the fi­nal seven for two-time de­fend­ing league cham­pion Golden State.

He also made the gamewin­ning shot in a con­test that Dal­las led by five, 113-108, with just un­der four min­utes left.

“We didn’t panic. We took our time on of­fence and didn’t have turnovers,” said Curry.

Kevin Du­rant scored 28 points and Klay Thomp­son made just two-of-11 three point at­tempts but still man­aged to score 16.

Luka Don­cic, who is a can­di­date for rookie of the year, led Dal­las with 26 points.

Else­where, Serge Ibaka drained the go-ahead three­p­ointer with 15 sec­onds left in the sec­ond over­time to lift the Toronto Raptors to a 140-138 vic­tory over the Washington Wizards.

Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors with 41 points. That in­cluded 10 in over­time.

“Tonight he played like a su­per­star,” Ibaka said of Leonard. “When we need him to step up and make big plays, he did them for us.”

The Raptors im­proved to an NBA-best 33-12.

In New York, the Philadel­phia 76ers wel­comed Joel Em­biid back with a hard-fought 108-105 win over the Knicks.

Em­biid, side­lined from Fri­day’s loss to At­lanta with a sore an­kle, scored 26 points.

Aussie Ben Sim­mons had a big game, con­nect­ing on 10 of 13 shots from the field on the way to 20 points.

In Orlando, Florida, Nikola Vuce­vic and Aaron Gor­don scored 22 points each as the Orlando Magic over­came James Har­den’s 38-point per­for­mance with a 116-109 win over the Hous­ton Rock­ets.

And Cedi Os­man scored 20 points, Collin Sex­ton added 17 and the Cleveland Cava­liers snapped a 12-game los­ing skid with a 101-95 vic­tory over the strug­gling Los An­ge­les Lak­ers.

Pic­ture: AP

Golden State War­riors guard Stephen Curry gets around Mav­er­icks op­po­nent Jalen Brun­son in Dal­las

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