War­riors edge Hawks 105-100 for 12th straight win

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OAK­LAND, Cal­i­for­nia: Golden State ex­tended its win­ning streak to a dozen games by hold­ing off At­lanta in a close fin­ish and win­ning 105-100 on Mon­day, led by 25 points and 14 re­bounds from Kevin Durant.

Dray­mond Green blocked two shots in the fi­nal 43.4 sec­onds to pre­serve vic­tory for the War­riors, who moved two games clear atop the Pa­cific Di­vi­sion from the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers. Those di­vi­sion ri­vals have the two best records across the NBA.

At­lanta’s loss saw the Hawks slip to sec­ond in the South­east Di­vi­sion be­hind Char­lotte, which started strongly to take vic­tory at Mem­phis, while Ok­la­homa City re­mained half a game clear in the North­west Di­vi­sion as Rus­sell West­brook recorded another triple dou­ble and the Thun­der beat New York.

Golden State’s Stephen Curry scored 25 points with four 3-point­ers, and Klay Thomp­son added 20 points as Golden State’s Big Three — in­clud­ing Durant — each reached 20 points for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game.

The War­riors won their sev­enth straight home game and fifth in a row there against At­lanta while wel­com­ing back Green from a onegame ab­sence while in­jured.

Dennis Schroder scored 24 points for the Hawks.

Char­lotte’s Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb scored 21 points apiece as the Hor­nets won 104-85 at Mem­phis.

Walker and Lamb were a com­bined 14 of 25 from the field, in­clud­ing 7 for 13 on 3-point at­tempts. The rest of the Hor­nets were 2 of 13 from out­side the arc.

Marc Ga­sol led the Grizzlies with 19 points and eight re­bounds. Mike Con­ley had 15 points be­fore leav­ing in the third quar­ter with a lower back in­jury.

Ok­la­homa City’s Rus­sell West­brook got his third straight triple-dou­ble and nearly did it by half­time, fin­ish­ing with 27 points, 18 re­bounds and 14 as­sists for his NBA-lead­ing eighth of the sea­son as the Thun­der beat New York 112103.

West­brook had 14 points, 10 re­bounds and nine as­sists at the break and is now av­er­ag­ing a triple­dou­ble for the sea­son, rais­ing his av­er­ages to 30.9 points, 11.3 as­sists and 10.3 re­bounds through more than a month of the sea­son.

Enes Kan­ter added a sea­son-high 27 points and grabbed 10 re­bounds for the Thun­der.

Der­rick Rose scored a sea­sonbest 30 points, but the Knicks had their six-game home win­ning streak snapped.

Bos­ton’s Isa­iah Thomas had 25 points to lead the Celtics past Mi­ami 112-104.

Avery Bradley added 18 points for the Celtics, who beat Mi­ami for the fourth con­sec­u­tive time. The 112 points were the most scored against the Heat this sea­son.

Goran Dragic had 27 points and 17 as­sists for the Heat, set­ting sea­son bests in both cat­e­gories, and Has­san White­side added 25 points and 17 re­bounds.

The Heat tied a sea­son low for a quar­ter with 12 points in the sec­ond, go­ing into half­time down 48-31. They es­tab­lished a sea­son best with 42 points in the third, yet Bos­ton main­tained a dou­ble-digit lead.

Utah’s Ge­orge Hill had 24 points as the Jazz beat Min­nesota 112-103 to re­main right on the tail of Ok­la­homa City in their tight di­vi­sion con­test.

Golden State War­riors’ Stephen Curry (30) passes as At­lanta Hawks’ Tim Har­d­away Jr. de­fends dur­ing the first half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game in Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia, on Mon­day. (AP)

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