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NBA roundup

76ers 115, Thunder 103

Jamahl Mosley Seth Curry's start resembled some of his big brother's hottest streaks.

The guard scored 23 of his 28 points in the first quarter in the Philadelphia 76ers' 115-103 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night.

Curry made 6 of 7 3-pointers in the opening period to help the 76ers take a 36-26 lead. After the quarter ended, a teammate waved a towel over him, perhaps concerned that he might burn up.

Curry's older brother, Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors is known for such streaks. Seth said this run was a bit different than the crazy ones Steph goes on.

“I was getting good shots,” Seth Curry said. "It wasn’t like I was 18 dribbles, half-court, 40-footers. It wasn’t like I was like on a Steph-type streak. I was finding good shots.”

Joel Embiid added 22 points and nine rebounds for Philadelphia. The 76ers are off to a 2-1 start as they work through issues with Ben Simmons, the point guard the team listed as out because of personal reasons.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 29 points, and rookie Josh Giddey had 19 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals for the Thunder.

Oklahoma City fell to 0-3, but the Thunder might have won over some fans with their scrappy play down the stretch.

“We just competed tonight, especially in the fourth,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “We did everything we could to get the game. Obviously, it wasn’t enough, but we were going to put our hard-hats on and try to go get it for sure.”

The Thunder hung tough after Curry's fast start. A deep step-back 3-pointer by Gilgeous-Alexander cut the 76ers' lead to 59-51 at halftime. Philadelphia held an 87-78 lead at the end of the third quarter.

The 76ers had an 11-0 run early in the fourth quarter. Furkan Korkmaz, Matisse Thybulle and Georges Niang all hit 3-pointers in an 88-second span to put the 76ers up 98-80.

Giddey hit two free throws, then he got a steal and made a 3-pointer to cut Philadelphia's lead to 110-102 with just over a minute to play. Curry then hit a 3-pointer for his first points since the first quarter to keep the 76ers in control.

“They were on a big run," Curry said. "It got kind of loud in there for a second. ... we needed to kind of stop the run. Once we broke the press, Tobias (Harris) found me in the corner and I just took my time, set my feet and shot it like any other shot. Just one of those that you step into with confidence, and it was a big shot to kind of close the game out.”

Embiid was a game-time decision with a right knee injury. Even minutes before tip-off, he had the knee iced. Center Andre Drummond sat out with a sprained right ankle.

Lakers 121, Grizzlies 118

Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points and the Lakers overcame Ja Morant’s 40-point game to beat the Memphis for their first victory of the season.

Morant had a chance to tie it after Kent Bazemore fouled him on a 3-point try with 2.5 seconds left but missed the third free throw.

Anthony Davis had 22 points and four blocks to help the Lakers rebound from two opening losses. LeBron James finished with 19 points after a slow start. Anthony moved into ninth on the NBA’s career scoring list with 27,423 points.

Morant had 10 assists and made a career-best five 3-pointers. The Grizzlies are 2-1.

Warriors 119, Kings 107

Stephen Curry scored 27 points and became the first player in Warriors franchise history to reach 5,000 assists, helping Golden State beat Sacramento to improve to 3-0.

Curry had 10 assists and seven rebounds. Jordan Poole added 22 points, and Draymond Green had 14 points, six rebounds and seven assists.

Harrison Barnes scored 24 points for the Kings, and Richaun Holmes had 16 points and 11 rebounds. They are 1-2.


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