Hot Curry delivers, Ibaka lifts Raptors
LOS ANGELES: 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 on Sunday. Curry tallied 24 points in the second half and scored the final seven for twotime defending league champions Golden State. He also made the game-winning shot in a contest that Dallas led by five, 113108, with just under four minutes left in regulation. “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, making five of 10 from beyond the arc and adding five assists and six rebounds. Forward Harrison Barnes scored 22 in the loss. Barnes was trying to get off a game-tying three-pointer with five seconds to go, but the ball slipped out of his hands and rolled out of bounds to seal the win for the Warriors. “We just couldn’t get Curry under control,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “He was brilliant tonight.” Golden State now head to Denver tomorrow f or a showdown with the Nuggets. Elsewhere, Serge Ibaka drained the go-ahead three-pointer 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 as Toronto finally put away the Wizards in a game in which the Raptors led by as many as 23. 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 victory over the Houston Rockets. Harden’s 38 points extended his string of 30-point games to 16 straight. Also, 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. The Lakers were missing LeBron James as he is recovering from the groin injury suffered in the Christmas Day win over Golden State. The Lakers are 3-7 without James.
The Warriors’ Stephen Curry, left, goes up to shoot against the Mavericks’ Jalen Brunson in Dallas.