Warriors 119, Bulls 112
When the Splash Brothers are making their shots, even Kevin Durant is content with a supporting role.
Such is life for Golden State.
Klay Thompson scored 38 points, Stephen Curry added 30 and the Warriors beat the Chicago on Wednesday night for their franchise record-tying 14th straight road win.
"It was an old-school Splash Brother game," coach Steve Kerr said.
The "Splash Brothers" nickname for Thompson and Curry has faded in prominence since Durant joined the duo before last season, but the sharpshooting guards can still put on a show. Thompson was 7 for 13 from 3-point range and Curry was 6 for 11 from behind the arc; no other player made a 3 for the Warriors.
"When they got it going like that, you just play your role and know your place, man," Durant said.
Durant had 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as Golden State moved into a tie for the third-longest road winning streak in a season in NBA history. The Los Angeles Lakers hold the record with 16 straight road wins during the 1971-72 season.
Next up for the NBA-leading Warriors (37-9) is a prime-time showdown with Houston on Saturday in the finale of a five-game trip.
"It's going to be a very tough game Saturday, probably the toughest of the trip," Thompson said, "and if we could go undefeated on this road trip that would be incredible."
Nikola Mirotic scored 24 points for Chicago, which dropped to 14-8 since its 3-20 start. Robin Lopez scored 12 of his 16 points in the first half, and New London’s Kris Dunn also had 16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.
"We played three quarters of really good basketball, but you take one off against a team like this, you're not going to win," coach Fred Hoiberg said.
The Warriors played without Draymond Green (right shoulder soreness) and Andre Iguodala (bruised left calf) due to injuries, and Jordan Bell sprained his left ankle when he challenged Lopez's dunk on the Bulls' first possession. Bell stayed down for a while and then was helped to his feet. He tried to put pressure on his leg and grimaced before he opted for a wheelchair ride off the court.
The 23-year-old Bell was selected by the Bulls in the second round of the June draft and then dealt to the Warriors for financial considerations. X-rays were negative, but he was using crutches and a walking boot after the win and will have an MRI on Thursday.
"It was definitely way worse than a normal sprain," Bell said. "Like I said, I thought I broke it."
Thompson and Curry led the way as Golden State outscored Chicago 32-12 in the third quarter to open a 95-78 lead. Curry made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 9:23 left in the period, sparking a 19-0 run for the Warriors.
The Bulls made a late charge, closing to 112-107 on Dunn's fast-break dunk with 2:55 left. Dunn landed awkwardly on the play and his face slammed into the floor. He was being evaluated for a possible concussion after the loss.
The NBA champion Warriors responded with Thompson's driving layup and a three-point play for Durant. Thompson also made two foul shots with 17.4 seconds left to help Golden State secure the win.
Grizzlies 105, Knicks 99
Tyreke Evans had 23 points, including three free throws in the closing seconds, along with 10 assists to lift Memphis over New York.
JaMychal Green added 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Dillon Brooks and Jarell Martin added 17 points each to help Memphis win its second straight.
Kristaps Porzingis led the Knicks with 21 points, while Enes Kanter finished with 20, including 18 in the first half. Courtney Lee and Michael Beasley had 18 points each.
Memphis played without starting center Marc Gasol, who sat out with an illness.
Spurs 100, Nets 95
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 34 points, Patty Mills made seven 3-pointers and San Antonio responded to the latest absence of Kawhi Leonard by beating Brooklyn.
Mills finished with 25 points and combined with Aldridge on the most important play of the game, a three-point play for Aldridge with 53 seconds remaining on a pass from the reserve guard after the Nets had cut a 17-point deficit to three.
The Spurs announced earlier Wednesday that Leonard would be out indefinitely so he can continue rehabilitating from the right thigh injury that forced him to miss the start of the season.
They were fine without him Wednesday, thanks also to Pau Gasol’s 13 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.
Thunder 114, Lakers 90
Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points to help Oklahoma City beat Los Angeles, which was still without Lonzo Ball.
Steven Adams had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Russell Westbrook added 19 points and seven assists for the Thunder, who won their third straight. The Thunder shot 48 percent overall and outrebounded the Lakers 54-30.
Ball sat out his second straight game with a sore left knee, and LA dropped to 0-8 without its rookie point guard. The injury news got worse for the Lakers. Rookie forward Kyle Kuzma left with a finger joint sprain, and forward Kentavious Caldwell-Pope left with a right Achilles tendon strain. Neither returned.
Julius Randle scored all 16 of his points in the first half for the Lakers.
Hawks 94, Pelicans 93
Kent Bazemore hit a jumper with 2.1 seconds remaining and Atlanta rallied from 19 points down to beat New Orleans.
With the score tied at 92, DeMarcus Cousins drew a blocking foul on John Collins with 13.7 seconds remaining, earning a trip to the foul line. Cousins made only one, giving the Hawks a chance to pull out the victory.
Bazemore knocked down the winning shot with Anthony Davis in his face. New Orleans had one last chance, inbounding the ball to Cousins near the hoop. He came up short on a quick shot, pleading with the officials for a foul call while the Hawks celebrated.
Bazemore led the Hawks with 20 points, while rookie John Collins added 18. Jrue Holiday paced the Pelicans with 22 points, while Cousins had 19 points and 14 rebounds. But Davis was held to just eight points on 2-of-8 shooting.
Hornets 133, Wizards 109
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 21 points, Dwight Howard had another double-double and Charlotte used a record-setting first half to beat Washington in coach Steve Clifford’s return.
The Hornets made 12 of their first 13 shots and scored a franchise-record 77 points in the first half to build a 16-point lead. They extended that to 28 in the second half in a game that was never close.
Kemba Walker had 19 points, Howard had 18 points and 15 rebounds and Jeremy Lamb had 16 points for the Hornets, who won for the fifth time in their last seven games.
Clifford returned after missing 21 games because of headaches caused by sleep deprivation. The Hornets were 9-21 in Clifford’s absence and had fallen eight games under .500.
Raptors 96, Pistons 91
Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 16 rebounds, C.J. Miles scored 21 points and Toronto beat Detroit.
Kyle Lowry scored 18 points and DeMar DeRozan had 17 to help the Raptors avoid their first three-game skid of the season.
Andre Drummond had 25 points and 17 rebounds but the Pistons lost for the seventh time in eight road games.
Heat 106, Bucks 101
Hassan Whiteside had a season-high 27 points with 13 rebounds and six blocks to lead Miami over Milwaukee.
Goran Dragic and Kelly Olynyk added 15 points apiece to help Miami rebound from a loss at Chicago that snapped the Heat’s season-high seven-game winning streak.
Khris Middleton had 25 points to lead Milwaukee, which lost to Miami for the second time in four days.
Clippers 109, Nuggets 104
Blake Griffin had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Los Angeles held off Denver for its season-high sixth straight win.
Montrezl Harrell added 18 points and Lou Williams had 17 for the Clippers. Los Angeles is 12-3 in its last 15 games, tied with Golden State for the NBA's best record over that span.
The Clippers were just 7 of 14 from the free-throw line over the final 3:09, but they hung on after last-second turnovers by Will Barton and Wilson Chandler.
Gary Harris scored 19 points in the Nuggets' fifth straight road loss. Nikola Jokic added 18 points, Barton had 17 points and Mason Plumlee had 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Jazz 120, Kings 105
Donovan Mitchell scored 23 of his 34 points in the second half and Utah beat Sacramento.
Rodney Hood had 25 points and eight rebounds, Joe Ingles added 14 points and Derrick Favors had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Utah won for only the fifth time in 20 games.
Mitchell, who set a franchise rookie record with 41 points against New Orleans on Dec. 1, provided the game's signature moment 30 seconds later.
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