Warriors' Curry scores 51, matches career high with 11 three-pointers
WASHINGTON - Stephen Curry poured in 51 points and tied his career high with 11 three-pointers in the Golden State Warriors' 134-121 win against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.
Curry came one three-pointer way from tying the NBA single-game record for three-pointers on a night when he outdueled Wizards point guard John Wall, who scored 41 points.
Draymond Green tallied his league-leading 10th triple-double of the season with 12 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds to go along with five blocks. Klay Thompson added 24 points, hitting six three-pointers of his own.
The Warriors finished with 20 three-pointers as Curry dazzled going 19-for-28 from the field, including 11-for-16 from three-point range.
The Wizards tried to come back from a 17-point deficit and kept the game close, but could not overcome Curry's initial outburst.
Curry scored 25 points in the first quarter, going 9-for-10 from the field with seven three-pointers. He hit his first six shots of the game, including five threes.
• DURANT, WESTBROOK STAR: Kevin Durant hit a three-pointer with just a half-second on the clock, Russell Westbrook posted his third straight triple-double with 24 points, a career-high 19 rebounds and 14 assists, and the host Thunder held off the Magic 117-114. Durant scored 37 points to extend his streak of games with 20 or more points to 36, the longest run in the NBA. Westbrook has eight triple-doubles this season, five coming in the last 11 games. It was the 27th triple-double of his career, moving him into a tie with Rajon Rondo for second place among active players, behind only LeBron James with 39. Victor Oladipo scored 37 points — just one off his career high — to lead Orlando, which has lost 14 of its last 16 games.
• CAVS LOSE TO HORNETS: Michael Jordan finally scored a victory against LeBron James — and he had a front-row seat to see it. Jeremy Lin scored 24 points as the host Hornets overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to beat the Cavaliers 106-97. It was the Hornets' first victory against any of James' teams since Jordan bought the franchise in 2010. Cleveland had won five straight.
• ALDRIDGE SCORES 36: The Spurs won their 36th straight home game, beating the Pelicans 110-97. LaMarcus Aldridge had 36 points, setting his season high for the second consecutive game.
• HAWKS BY 38: The visiting Hawks handed the 76ers their second-worst loss of the season, 124-86. Atlanta swept the three-game season series with an average winning margin of 29 points. Philadelphia (7-42) has lost 12 games by 20 or more points this season.
• DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR THAD: Thaddeus Young posted his 22nd double-double of the season in the Nets' 114-100 home loss to the Pacers. That's a single-season career-high for the former Timberwolf.
• INJURY UPDATE: Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic remains hospitalized following surgery to repair a hematoma that developed on the heels of an appendectomy. There is no timetable for Mirotic's return.