Warriors, Curry roll along
PHOENIX – Stephen Curry scored 41 points in three quarters and Draymond Green had a triple-double as the Golden State Warriors beat Phoenix 135-116 Friday night, extending their NBA-record start to 18-0.
The Warriors set a franchise mark for three-pointers with 22, one shy of the league record.
Curry made a season-high nine of his 16 attempts from long range in his 14th career 40-point game and fifth this season. Green had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in his third career triple-double.
The Warriors, in their highest-scoring game of the season, set another NBA mark by making 15 three-pointers in the first half.
•THE HORNETS KILLER: LeBron James had 25 points and 13 rebounds as the visiting Cavaliers beat the Hornets 95-90. His teams have won 21 consecutive games against franchises based in Charlotte in which he has played.
•MAGIC CAN'T MISS IN THIRD: Elfrid Payton had 22 points and 10 assists, and the Magic beat the Bucks 114-90 in Orlando. The Magic made each of their six three-pointers in the third quarter and 13 of 16 shots (81.3 percent) overall to take a 21-point lead.
•SULLINGER RESTED IN FOURTH: Jared Sullinger had 18 points and 15 rebounds in three quarters and Isaiah Thomas scored 21 points, leading the host Celtics to a 111-78 rout of the Wizards.
•A HEAT REPEAT: Gerald Green scored a season-high 25 points while starting in place of Luol Deng, and the Heat beat the Knicks 97-78 for their second victory over New York over six nights.
•OH SO CLOSE: Robert Covington scored 28 points but missed two free throws with two seconds left as the 76ers fell to 0-17, losing 116-114 to the host Rockets to tie the NBA record for most losses to start a season. James Harden had 50 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for Houston.
•UNRULY KIDD SUSPENDED: The NBA suspended Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd for the Bucks' game in Orlando on Friday without pay for his actions during Wednesday night's 129-118 home loss to Sacramento. Kidd was assessed a technical foul and ejected with 1:49 to play. The league cited him for confronting an official, slapping the ball out of his hands and not leaving the court quickly enough when ejected.
•OKAFOR SORRY: 76ers rookie center Jahlil Okafor said he's embarrassed about a Boston nightclub scuffle and is dealing with the team and league on possible discipline. Okafor said he reacted to heckling about his winless team. TMZ posted cellphone video of the altercation Thursday, showing Okafor yelling and shoving a man. Boston police said they do not plan to investigate unless someone says they were the victim of a crime.