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NBA Roundup: Warriors Rule Cavs

  • Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, right, drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers' Jordan Clarkson in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors won 129-105. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Cedi Osman, right, from Turkey, shoots over Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)



Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Cleveland — Stephen Curry made nine 3-pointers and scored 42 points, Kevin Durant added 25 and the Golden State Warriors came back to face a very different looking Cleveland team for the first time since winning another NBA title, and beat the Cavaliers 129-105 on Wednesday night.

Curry scored nine points in less than a minute midway through the fourth quarter to help the Warriors pull away for their eighth straight over their former Finals rivals.

Curry added nine rebounds, seven assists and appears completely healed after missing 11 games with a strained groin. Durant had 10 rebounds and nine assists.

It was Golden State’s first visit to Cleveland since June, when the Warriors completed a sweep to win their third championship in four years.

Nuggets 124, Magic 118 (ot)

Orlando, Fla. — Jamal Murray scored 31 points and Denver shut down Orlando in overtime for its seventh straight victory.

After Terence Ross tied it for Orlando with a 3-pointer with 6.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Nuggets outscored the Magic 9-2 until Nikola Vucevic dunked for the Magic’s first field goal of the overtime session with just 1:04 left.

Pelicans 132, Mavericks 106

New Orleans — Julius Randle had 27 points and 18 rebounds and New Orleans beat Dallas.

Anthony Davis had 27 points, a career-high nine assists and five blocks despite twisting his ankle and briefly leaving the court for treatment after stepping on Dorian Finney-Smith’s foot.

Wizards 131, Hawks 117

Atlanta — Bradley Beal scored a season-high 36 points, Otto Porter Jr. had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the Wizards won their third straight game.

Wizards star guard John Wall missed the game for personal reasons, but Washington still finished with a season-high 35 assists.

Timberwolves 121Hornets 104

Minneapolis — Karl-Anthony Towns scored 35 points, Andrew Wiggins added a season-high 26 points and the Timberwolves beat Charlotte for their sixth victory in seven games.

Towns tied a career high with six blocks and had 12 rebounds. Wiggins tied season highs with six rebounds and five assists.

Thunder 114, Nets 112

New York — Paul George scored 25 of his 47 points in a sensational fourth quarter, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3.1 seconds left that gave Oklahoma City a victory over Brooklyn.

George rallied the Thunder from a 23-point deficit and finished a point shy of his career high, leading them to a fourth straight victory in a game they trailed big for much of the way.

Bucks 115, Pistons 92

Milwaukee — Eric Bledsoe matched his season high with 27 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo added 15 as Milwaukee rolled over Detroit.

Milwaukee countered an opening basket with nine consecutive points and did not trail after that. The Bucks led 30-21 after one quarter, 56-45 at halftime and then opened the third period with a 19-4 run.

Raptors 113, Sixers 102

Toronto — Kawhi Leonard had 36 points, Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 of his season-high 26 in the fourth quarter and Toronto beat Philadelphia, handing the 76ers their 13th consecutive loss in Canada.

Serge Ibaka added 18 points as the Raptors bounced back from Monday’s loss to Denver to win for the ninth time in 10 games. Toronto, whose 21-5 record is best in the NBA, improved to 11-3 at home.

Grizzlies 96, Clippers 86

Memphis, Tenn. — Mike Conley scored 22 points, JaMychal Green had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Memphis held Los Angeles to a season scoring low.

Memphis held Los Angeles to 34 percent shooting and forced 19 turnovers. Jaren Jackson Jr. finished with 13 points for Memphis, which pulled away in the fourth quarter.