Hot Curry de­liv­ers, Ibaka lifts Rap­tors

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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.

AP

The War­riors’ Stephen Curry, left, goes up to shoot against the Mav­er­icks’ Jalen Brun­son in Dal­las.

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