Curry scores 53 as Warriors stay undefeated
NEW ORLEANS – Stephen Curry scored 53 points, taking over the game with a 28-point third quarter, and the unbeaten Golden State Warriors defeated winless New Orleans 134-120 in the Pelicans' home opener Saturday night.
Curry outscored all the Pelicans by two points in the third period, giving the reigning NBA MVP a career high for scoring in a quarter. He wound up shooting 17-for-27 from the field, including 8-for-14 from three-point range, to go with nine assists and four steals.
Draymond Green scored 21 points and Klay Thompson added 19 for defending champion Golden State, which has won its first three games this season.
Anthony Davis had 26 points and 15 rebounds for the injury-depleted Pelicans, who have lost three games under new coach Alvin Gentry.
•JAZZ DOMINATE AFTER HALF: Derrick Favors scored 18 points and the visiting Utah Jazz outscored the Indiana Pacers by 33 in the second half of a 97-76 victory. Favors, one of six Jazz players to score in double figures, also had seven rebounds. George Hill scored 17 points and Paul George added 16 for Indiana. Utah beat Indiana in almost every facet of the game. The Jazz scored 30 points off Indiana turnovers and outrebounded the Pacers 47-34. Utah outscored Indiana 50-26 in the paint. Indiana is still trying to find its identity after an offseason of changes to the team's roster and style of play.
•ANTHONY LEADS KNICKS: Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points and the New York Knicks ruined Washington's home opener, beating the Wizards 117-110. Anthony hit a jumper with 1:35 to play to give New York a 108-106 lead. Langston Galloway added a three-pointer with 1:03 left to make it 111-106. With the Wizards trailing 111-110 with 21.5 seconds to play, Galloway was able to call a timeout in front of his bench with Otto Porter grappling with him for the ball. Anthony added two free throws with 20.4 seconds to play for a 113-110 lead. Bradley Beal had 22 of his 26 points in the second half for Washington, while John Wall added 25. The Knicks won their second road game of the season. They won a total of seven road games last season. Anthony missed his first two field goal attempts — then hit eight straight, including four three-pointers — before his next miss.