Warriors rip Lakers for record 16-0 start
OAKLAND, CALIF. – The defending champion Golden State Warriors set the record for best start in NBA history at 16-0, as Stephen Curry had 24 points and nine assists in a 111-77 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
With coach Steve Kerr sidelined, the Warriors surpassed the 15-0 starts by the Washington Capitols of 1948-49 and the 1993-94 Houston Rockets.
Kobe Bryant shot one of 14 for only four points in one of the worst shooting performances of his career. The Lakers are 2-12, the second-worst record in the NBA.
•BOUNCING BACK AFTER THE BUMP: Paul Millsap scored 25 points, Jeff Teague added 16 and the host Hawks beat the Celtics 121-97. Atlanta had dropped four of its past five games and was coming off a loss Saturday at Cleveland in which coach Mike Budenholzer was ejected and subsequently fined $25,000 for bumping into referee Ben Taylor.
•BARRAGE OF THREES: Paul George scored a season-high 40 points and made seven three-pointers, part of a franchise-record 19 by the Indiana Pacers in a 123-106 victory over the host Washington Wizards.
•DOUBLE-DOUBLE X 3: Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan each scored 18 points and the Clippers beat the host Nuggets 111-94. Jordan finished with 11 rebounds, while Griffin had 10 rebounds. Chris Paul had 15 points and 10 assists to give the Clippers three players with double-doubles.