Warriors Get Win vs. Grizzlies
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry made a sensational return from injury by scoring 38 points with a season-high 10 3-pointers, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies 141-128 on Saturday night.
Curry shot 13 for 17 and 10 of 13 from deep in 26 minutes for his ninth 30-point game this season after missing 11 games with a sprained right ankle. His mere presence brought energy to the Warriors and all of Oracle Arena, and he spent much of the fourth quarter pacing and gesturing in delight while cheering his teammates with a towel draped over his head.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 29 points, and Utah handed LeBron James and Cleveland their third straight defeat.
James had 29 points, eight rebounds and six assists on his 33rd birthday as Cleveland lost at Utah for the sixth straight time. The Cavs’ three-game losing streak is their second this season.
Mitchell blew by J.R. Smith with the dribble and finished a layup in traffic over James with 35 seconds remaining to give the Jazz a 100-97 lead. James then missed a layup, and Utah finished off the game from the free-throw line. The Jazz snapped a three-game losing streak.
Mitchell shot 10 for 17 from the field. Ricky Rubio had 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.
PISTONS 93, SPURS 79
DETROIT (AP) — Andre Drummond had 14 points and 21 rebounds, and Detroit held San Antonio to its lowest point total of the season.
Playing without starting guards Reggie Jackson (right ankle sprain) and Avery Bradley (sore right groin), the Pistons defended gamely and never trailed. Reggie Bullock scored 22 points for Detroit and rookie Luke Kennard added 20 — both were career highs.
Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points for San Antonio, which shot 37 percent from the field and 5 of 26 from 3-point range.
DENVER (AP) — Dario Saric had 20 points and nine rebounds and keyed a second-half run to lead the Philadelphia over Denver.
JJ Redick had 18 points, Robert Covington had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Jarrod Bayless scored 14 points for the 76ers.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis scored 30 points, Jarrett Jack made two free throws to break a tie with 9 seconds remaining and New York beat New Orleans.
Jack finished with 15 points, and Michael Beasley scored 15 off the bench for the Knicks, who snapped a season-worst four-game losing streak.
HEAT 117, MAGIC 111
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Johnson scored 22 points in the third quarter and Goran Dragic had 14 in the fourth to help Miami overcome an 18-point deficit and beat Orlando.
Johnson finished with a season-high 31 points, and Dragic had 25 points and eight assists.
TRAIL BLAZERS 89
ATLANTA (AP) — Dennis Schroder scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half, Marco Belinelli added 14 points and Atlanta beat Portland.
Shabazz Napier finished with 21 points and CJ McCollum had 18 for Portland, which was coming off arguably its best win of the season, rallying Thursday from 18 down in the third quarter to beat Philadelphia.
The Blazers led Atlanta, the NBA’s worst team, by 11 early in the third, but coach Terry Stotts called timeout at 3:47 mark of the period after Schroder’s 3 put the Hawks up 67-66.
Atlanta went ahead 77-69 early in the fourth on Marco Belinelli’s jumper. The lead swelled to 12 on John Collins’ three-point play and to 13 on Ersan Ilyasova’s 3 before Schroder’s three-point play made it 95-80 with 4:51 remaining.
Atlanta became the last team to reach double digits in wins.