Golden State star Stephen Curry scored 26 points on another milestone yesterday, leading the NBA champion Warriors in a 132-100 rout of the Indiana Pacers.
The Warriors stretched the longest winning streak in the league this season to 11 as they wrapped up a five-game road trip in style in Indianapolis.
Curry connected on 10 of 13 shots from the field, including six three-pointers and became the first player in NBA history to make 200 three-pointers in seven successive seasons.
He did most of the damage in the first half, when his 23 points included eight straight to break a 16-16 tie midway through the first quarter -- a burst that put the Warriors on their way.
"Just a really good way to finish it," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of the convincing end to the road trip. "I was a little worried about this game. Everybody's anxious to get home, but we've finished off the trip the right way.”
DeMarcus Cousins added 22 points for the Warriors, shaking off a scary fall in the first quarter.
Cousins, playing just his fifth game for the Warriors after missing almost an entire year after a torn Achilles tendon, went down hard after Indiana's Myles Turner fouled him in transition in the first quarter.
Kevin Durant added 16 points for the Warriors, who let "banged up" Draymond Green sit out for a bit of rest.
Turner scored led the Pacers with 16 points, but Indiana dropped their second straight since losing guard Victor Oladipo to a season-ending knee injury.
In Boston, the absence of Kyrie Irving was no problem for the Celtics as Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart scored 21 points apiece to lead the Celtics to a 112-104 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
Aron Baynes added 16 points, Marcus Morris scored 15 and Al Horford and Terry Rozier chipped in 14 each for the Celtics, whose 16 blocked shots were a franchise record.
Irving sat out with a sore left hip -- possibly the result of a fall in Saturday's loss to the Warriors.
The Denver Nuggets, second in the Western Conference behind he Warriors, erased a 25-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Grizzlies in Memphis, 95-92.
Nikola Jokic scored 24 points and drained a go-ahead hook shot with 28.9 seconds to play as the Nuggets became the first team in the league this season to win after trailing by 25 in the second half.*AFP
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