Curry, Warriors make it 18-0
OAKLAND, CALIF. — Stephen Curry scored 17 of his 19 points in the first quarter and Draymond Green had his second straight triple-double as the Golden State Warriors extended their NBA record to 18 straight wins at the start of a season Saturday night with a 120-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings. Leading by 10 points at halftime, the defending champion Warriors opened the third quarter with a 27-8 run that included four three-pointers by Brandon Rush to build the lead to 29 points. Green had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists, becoming the first Warriors player with back-to-back triple-doubles since Wilt Chamberlain in 1964. The Warriors' 22nd straight regular-season victory — a streak that includes four wins at the end of last season —tied the 2007-08 Rockets for the third-longest streak in NBA history, trailing only the 33 straight by the 1971-72 Lakers and 27 in a row by the 2012-13 Heat.
•BY HOOK OR CROOK: LeBron James made a running hook shot with a second left and scored 26 points, giving the host Cavaliers a 90-88 victory over the Nets. After Joe Johnson's three foul shots tied the score with 15.2 seconds left, the Cavaliers called timeout and took the ball at midcourt. James took the inbounds pass, dribbled to the top of the key before cutting to the right of the lane and hitting a hook shot over Brook Lopez, the Nets' 7-foot center.
•SPURS CLIP HAWKS: Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points and the host Spurs won their fifth straight, holding the Hawks to several season lows offensively in a 108-88 victory. San Antonio matched a season high with nine three-pointers in winning its 18th consecutive home game against Atlanta and 10th straight overall against the Hawks.
•MAVS STOP SKID: Deron Williams scored 22 points, Zaza Pachulia added 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Dallas beat Denver 92-81 to stop a three-game losing streak.
•SMOOTH JAZZ: Alec Burks scored 21 points as Utah beat New Orleans 101-87. Gordon Hayward added 17 points, Rodney Hood had 16, and Trevor Booker finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Anthony Davis had 36 points, 11 rebounds and blocked three shots.
•JOSEPH BEATS BUZZER: Cory Joseph made a three-pointer at the buzzer to lift Toronto past Washington 84-82. Joseph took DeMar DeRozan's pass in the corner and nailed the winning shot. He finished with 12 points as Toronto won its fourth straight despite tying a season high with 22 turnovers.
•BLAZERS BEAT L.A.: Damian Lillard scored 29 points and the host Trail Blazers handed the Lakers their fifth straight loss,108-96. CJ McCollum added 28 points for the Blazers. They have won three of their past four games after a six-game losing streak. Kobe Bryant scored 21 points in the Lakers' seventh straight road loss.