Warriors on fire as Curry leads charge
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.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry gets around Mavericks opponent Jalen Brunson in Dallas