Curry & Co. blow out Cavaliers
CLEVELAND – Stephen Curry didn't smell champagne. Blood was in the air.
Curry scored 35 points in three quarters, Andre Iguodala added 20 and the Golden State Warriors returned to the floor where they won the NBA championship last season and embarrassed the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-98 on Monday night.
The Warriors built a 30-point lead in the first half and bounced back from a shocking loss in Detroit over the weekend by winning their fifth straight over Cleveland.
Only a late flurry helped the Cavs avoid their worst home loss in franchise history. LeBron James led Cleveland with 16 points. "Against the top teams you want to play well and we haven't done that. We're 0-3," James said of Cleveland's record against Golden State and San Antonio, the West's top powers. "Tonight was an example of how far we have to go."
The last of Curry's seven three-pointers, put the Warriors ahead by 40 in the third quarter.
•WALKER TOPS 50: Kemba Walker scored a franchise-record 52 points — four more than Glen Rice's previous mark — in the Hornets' 124-119, two-overtime victory over the visiting Jazz. Gordon Hayward scored 36 points for Utah.
• ALSO IN TWO OT … Carmelo Anthony sank a tying three-pointer with 3.4 seconds left in regulation, and the Knicks went on to beat the visiting 76ers 119-113. Ish Smith had 16 points and 16 assists for the 76ers, who were done in by 13-of-25 free-throw shooting.
•REDICK RIDICULOUS: J.J. Redick scored 40 points, hitting nine threes, as the Clippers beat the Rockets 140-132 in overtime despite 36 points and 26 rebounds from Dwight Howard.
•NOT LOSING A STEP: Pau Gasol had 31 points and 12 rebounds, and the Bulls won again without Joakim Noah, 111-101 over the Pistons in Auburn Hills, Mich.
•DEEP THOUGHTS: Host Dallas hit its first four three-pointers in overtime and went on to beat the Celtics 118-113.
•COLD INDEED: Orlando shot 34.5 percent — a season low for an Atlanta opponent — in a 98-81 Hawks victory. It was the Magic's seventh loss in eight games.
•BLAZERS BOUNCE BACK: C.J McCollum scored 25 points, including six three-pointers, and Damian Lillard had 16 points as Portland handled the Wizards 108-98.
•ROLLIN' RAPTORS: Kyle Lowry had 13 of his 31 points in a fourth period in which the host Raptors outscored the Nets 31-16 in a 112-100 win, Toronto's season-best fifth in a row.