Basketball: Warriors’ Curry saves best for last against Cavaliers
CLEVELAND — Stephen Curry scored 29 points and made a clutch jumper with 13.5 seconds left as the Golden State Warriors opened a long road trip with their fifth straight victory, 108-104 in overtime against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.
Curry overcame a poor shooting performance after halftime, and nearly recorded a triple-double by adding 11 assists and nine rebounds. Curry was just 2 of 12 from the floor in the second half and OT.
David Lee scored 19 before fouling out for the Warriors, who are on the road for seven games over the next 13 days.
Kyrie Irving scored 27 for Cleveland, which dropped its fifth straight and lost its third tight game in a row. The Cavs lost by three in Boston on Saturday and two in double-overtime against Atlanta on Thursday.
Thunder 117, Rockets 86
OKLAHOMA CITY — Durant had 33 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and Oklahoma City won its second straight game without Russell Westbrook, beating Houston.
Jeremy Lamb added a career-high 22 points and five assists for Oklahoma City, which has the NBA’s best record at 25-5. The Thunder have won 12 of their last 13 and 20 of their last 22 games.
Reggie Jackson, starting in Westbrook’s place, had 16 points and eight assists.
Aaron Brooks had 17 points and Chandler Parsons scored 15 for Houston, which was playing its fourth game in five days. The Rockets, who had a three-game winning streak snapped, missed their first 12 shots and shot 36.5 percent from the field (31 of 85).
Spurs 112, Kings 104
SAN ANTONIO — Manu Ginobili scored 28 points, Tony Parker added 22, and Tim Duncan had 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead San Antonio over Sacramento.
Boris Diaw had 14 points and Tiago Splitter added 11 for San Antonio (24-7).
DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points and 14 rebounds, Isaiah Thomas added 27 points and Rudy Gay had 24 for Sacramento (9-20).
Struggling mightily on defense for much of the second half, the Spurs turned to their Big Three to close out the upstart Kings.
Ginobili, Duncan and Parker scored San Antonio’s final 21 points in a 23-8 run to close the game.
Magic 109, Hawks 102
ORLANDO, Fla. — Arron Afflalo scored 21 points and Orlando beat Atlanta to give the Magic back-to-back victories for just the third time this season.
Jeff Teague scored 22 points for the Hawks in their second game without two-time All-Star Al Horford, who is out indefinitely with a torn right pectoral muscle. The Hawks were also coming off three straight, grinding overtime games, the latest of which was Saturday night at home against Charlotte.
The Hawks made the game’s first bucket, a 3-pointer, but then trailed until a spurt in the fourth quarter gave them a three-point lead. But a 9-0 run midway through the final quarter put Orlando in control for good.
76ers 111, Lakers 104
LOS ANGELES — Thaddeus Young scored seven of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, Evan Turner added 22 points, and Philadelphia snapped its 13-game road losing streak by beating the Lakers.
Spencer Hawes had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Sixers, who hadn’t won away from Philadelphia since their road opener on Nov. 1.
Young and Michael Carter-Williams contributed big points down the stretch as the last-place Sixers held on for just their second win in 11 games overall.
Nick Young scored 26 points on 6-for-21 shooting in the Lakers’ fifth consecutive loss. Los Angeles also has lost five of six at Staples Center, winning just once at home since Nov. 24.
No. 10 Wichita State 81, Davidson 70
WICHITA, Kan. — Cleanthony Early had 24 points and 10 rebounds to help Wichita State extend the best start in school history.
Ron Baker had 15 points for Wichita State (13-0) while Darius Carter scored 13 and Tekele Cotton added 10.
Tyler Kalinoski had 17 points for Davidson (4-9), while Tom Droney added 12 and De’Mon Brooks scored 10.
Wichita State was able to salt away the victory at the free throw line. The Shockers were 28 of 41 on free throws while Davidson was just 11 of 16. Three Wildcats fouled out.
Wichita State also had a significant advantage in points off turnovers, converting Davidson’s 15 turnovers into 18 points. The Shockers had nine turnovers, which the Wildcats turned into seven points.
No. 12 Oregon 97, Morgan St. 76
EUGENE, Ore. — Joseph Young scored 24 points and Oregon continued its best start in eight seasons.
Richard Amardi had a season-high 16 points in his first start of the season, and Damyean Dotson scored 15 points for the Ducks (12-0), who are off to their best start since going 13-0 in 2006-07.
Justin Black scored 22 points for the Bears (3-9), and Anthony Hubbard added 15.
Oregon, the national scoring leader coming in, increased its average to 90.8 points per game and were a 3-pointer from a school-record fifth 100-point game this season.
Six players scored seven or more points and Oregon shot 54 percent from the field overall, 7 for 15 from 3-point range and 22 for 26 from the free throw line.
Young, who had three 3-pointers, was 9 for 13 from the field and Amardi made all but one of his nine shots.
No. 13 Florida 76, Savannah St. 34
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s Pat Young scored 15 points, becoming the 50th player in school history to reach 1,000 in his career.
Young received a standing ovation as he left the game with 5:41 remaining, waving to the crowd as his achievement was announced. Young topped the 1,000-point plateau on a putback with 7:15 to play.
Michael Frazier II had 11 points for the Gators (10-2). Casey Prather and Scottie Wilbekin chipped in 10 points each.
Jyles Smith led Savannah State (2-11) with eight points and eight rebounds. The Tigers have lost nine straight.
It was Florida’s 22nd consecutive home win, two shy of the school record set in 2007.