The Golden State Warriors won their 15th consecutive game, extending their franchise record, with Stephen Curry scoring 29 points and adding a bizarre footnote Saturday in a 105-98 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
After Golden State's Marreese Speights lost his shoe making a move in the third quarter, the sneaker was thrown toward midcourt to get it out of the way as the possession continued.
When the teams headed back the other way, Curry picked up the loose shoe and tried to toss it to Speights. But Mavericks center Tyson Chandler swatted the sneaker in midair, knocking it near the sideline and prompting Curry to gesture toward an official.
The blocked shoe drew the biggest roar from an otherwise quiet crowd that watched the Warriors become the 12th NBA team to open a season 20-2. Steve Kerr, in his first season, is the first coach to start that fast.
Monta Ellis scored 24 points for the Mavericks, who dropped to 0-5 against the top seven teams in the Western Conference.
Memphis 120, at Philadelphia 115 (OT): Mike Conley hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to send the game into overtime and scored a career-high 36 points, and the Grizzlies rallied from 18 points down over the final seven minutes of regulation to keep the 76ers winless at home. Conley scored 16 in the fourth quarter, including all eight Memphis points in the final 45 seconds, and added six in overtime. Michael Carter-Williams had a triple-double (16 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) for Philadelphia.
at Orlando 100, Atlanta 99: Tobias Harris' leaning, 13-foot jumper rattled in at the buzzer to give the Magic a victory that snapped the Hawks' nine-game winning streak. Harris finished with 20 points. Jeff Teague led Atlanta with 24.
at Houston 108, Denver 96: Dwight Howard had 26 points and 13 rebounds in his return after missing 11 games with a knee injury, and James Harden had a triple-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Rockets.
Portland 95, at Indiana 85: LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and 14 rebounds, Damian Lillard scored 18 points and the Trail Blazers handed the Pacers their eighth consecutive loss. Portland went 3-2 on a five-game trip.
Detroit 95, at Sacramento 90: Greg Monroe's 24 points helped the Pistons win their second in a row after a 13-game losing streak.