Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry shook off slow starts to finish with a flurry, and the Golden State Warriors extended their franchise-best winning streak to 14 games by beating the Houston Rockets 105-93 on Wednesday night.
Thompson scored 21 points and Curry added 20 points, seven assists and seven rebounds to power an 11-0 run in the final minutes and turn a tight game into another comfortable win. Golden State improved its NBA-best record to 19-2 and helped new coach Steve Kerr carve out a slice of history.
Kerr became the first rookie coach to win 19 of his first 21 games.
James Harden played through back pain to finish with 34 points and eight rebounds for the Rockets, who had won four straight and seven of eight despite Dwight Howard being sidelined.
Howard (strained right knee) and Warriors center Andrew Bogut (right knee tendinitis) both sat out with injuries.
at Minnesota 90, Portland 82: Rookie Andrew Wiggins had 23 points, 10 rebounds and four assists and the Timberwolves stunned the Trail Blazers to end a six-game losing streak. Minnesota outrebounded Portland, 56-38, and the Trail Blazers turned the ball over 20 times while shooting 38.8% to lose for the second time in 16 games.
at Atlanta 95, Philadelphia 79: Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap each scored 17 points as the Hawks won their eighth in a row for their longest streak in 17 years. Korver made five three-pointers.
at Chicago 105, Brooklyn 80: Derrick Rose scored 23 points, Pau Gasol had 16 points and 16 rebounds, and the balanced Bulls rolled over the Nets. Chicago had six players score in double figures, including all five starters. Taj Gibson finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots.
Washington 91, at Orlando 89: Bradley Beal converted a lob pass at the buzzer and the Wizards scored the final seven points to beat the Magic for the seventh consecutive time.
at Charlotte 96, Boston 87: Rajon Rondo had his second triple-double in three games, but it wasn't enough for the Celtics. Al Jefferson had 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Hornets.
at Dallas 112, New Orleans 107: Monta Ellis scored 13 of his 26 points in the final five minutes and the Mavericks outlasted the Pelicans. Anthony Davis scored 31 points and added 11 rebounds for the Pelicans before limping off the court in the fourth quarter, and Jrue Holiday added a season-high 30 points and 10 assists.
at Denver 102, Miami 82: Wilson Chandler scored 17 points and Arron Afflalo had 16 to help the Nuggets snap a four-game losing streak.