Curry hits 11 3s, scores 48 as War­riors slip past Mavs

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - FROM THE COVER -

A day af­ter the Dal­las Mav­er­icks got the bad news that backup point guard and team spark­plug J.J. Barea was lost for the sea­son, Stephen Curry brought more bad news — in the form of 11 3-point­ers.

Curry scored 48 points while ty­ing his sea­son high for 3s in a game as the Golden State War­riors held off the Mavs 119114 on Sun­day.

Curry’s 11 3s were the most ever by a Mav­er­icks op­po­nent. The last one was his most im­por­tant, snap­ping a 114-all tie with 42 sec­onds left. Curry and War­riors coach Steve Kerr cred­ited Kevin Du­rant for switch­ing play calls to get Curry shots rather than tak­ing shots of his own.

“That was just (Du­rant) tak­ing the ini­tia­tive, know­ing that I had a hot hand,” Curry said. “Call it a de­coy in terms of him be­ing in the ac­tion but al­low­ing me to work. The way they were de­fend­ing us, it just made sense.”

Du­rant added 28 points, and Klay Thomp­son scored nine of his 16 in the fourth quar­ter for the War­riors, who re­ceived a tough test from a team play­ing with­out its top two point guards, Den­nis Smith Jr. and Barea.

At Or­lando, Fla., Nikola Vuce­vic and Aaron Gor­don each scored 22 points for Or­lando, which ben­e­fited from James Harden’s aw­ful 3-point shoot­ing. Harden scored 38 points to run his streak of 30-point games to 16 but missed 16 of 17 3-point at­tempts. He made 15 of 16 free throws and had 12 as­sists and nine re­bounds.

At Wash­ing­ton, Kawhi Leonard had 41 points and 11 re­bounds and Pas­cal Si­akam 24 points and 19 re­bounds for Toronto, which re­cov­ered af­ter blow­ing a 23-point lead and won its fifth in a row. Bradley Beal had 43 points, 15 re­bounds and10as­sists­for­wash­ing­ton.

At At­lanta, Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo had 33 points and Eric Bled­soe 24 points and10as­sists­formil­wau­kee,which im­proved to 12-0 fol­low­ing a loss and re­mained the league’s lone team not to drop con­sec­u­tive games. Trae Young led At­lanta with 26 points.

At Los An­ge­les, Find­lay Prep prod­uct Tris­tan Thomp­son had 15 points and 14 re­bounds for Cleve­land, which halted a 12-game slide. Kyle Kuzma had 29 points and nine re­bounds for Los An­ge­les, which missed 27 of 34 3-point at­tempts.

At Den­ver, Nikola Jo­kic scored a sea­son-high 40 points with 10 re­bounds and eight as­sists for Den­ver in its 12th straight home vic­tory. Damian Lil­lard had 26pointstolead­port­land,which­had won its pre­vi­ous four.

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New York, Ben Sim­mons had 20 points, 22 re­bounds and nine as­sists for Philadel­phia, which dealt New York its fourth straight loss. Kevin Knox scored 31 points for the Knicks, who have dropped 19oftheir­past22.

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