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Warriors outplay Pelicans


Stephen Curry scored 41 points and sank nine three pointers as the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the New Orleans Pelicans, 147-140.

Kevin Durant tallied 30 points and 15 rebounds, Draymond Green had 17 points and 14 assists as the Warriors also tied a franchise record with 24 made three pointers. Golden State attempted 49 shots from beyond the arc.

Curry became the first player to make eight or more threes in three consecutive games, giving him 28 threes in that span.

"When you get hot like that, you really don't see anything but the rim," Curry said. "You just try to stay on balance and get to your spot, wherever that is.”

Said Golden State coach Steve Kerr, "It is insane what he does."

The teams also set a record for combined three pointers made in a game with 43. The previous record was 41 when Golden State faced Sacramento earlier this month.

Anthony Davis finished with 30 points and 18 rebounds while Elfrid Payton had 12 assists for the Pelicans, who made 19 baskets from beyond the arc.

Elsewhere, James Harden scored a season-high 58 points and the Houston Rockets shot an NBA record 70 three point attempts, but it wasn't enough to beat the Brooklyn Nets in overtime.

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 25 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and overtime as the Nets spoiled Harden's huge scoring night with a 145-142 win.

Also, Kyrie Irving scored 27 points and had a career-high 18 assists as the Boston Celtics snapped a three-game losing streak with a 117-108 win over the Toronto Raptors in a battle of two Eastern Conference heavyweights.

Irving, who returned from a leg injury, hit a fadeaway jumper to give the Celtics the lead, then drained a 30 foot three pointer for the last of his 27 as the Celtics closed with a 17-4 run.

Al Horford scored 24 and Jayson Tatum had 16 points with 10 rebounds for Boston, which returned home after losing three straight on the road.

Kawhi Leonard scored 33 points and Serge Ibaka had 22 with 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who are now 33-13 overall and fell percentage points behind Milwaukee (32-12) for the best record in the NBA.

Toronto have won five in a row heading into the matchup of two teams that consider themselves the heir to LeBron James' Cavaliers as the best team in the East.

After adding Leonard in the offseason, the Raptors have zoomed to the top of the conference standings.*AFP


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