Stephen Curry scored 27 points and the defending champion Golden State Warriors moved within one victory of matching the best start in NBA history, holding off the Chicago Bulls, 106-94, on Friday night to improve to 14-0.
The league’s last undefeated team ran its franchise-record home winning streak to 26 games by beating a Chicago team that is the last to win at Oracle Arena during the regular season, way back in late January.
Golden State equaled the 1957-58 Celtics as the only defending champions to win their initial 14 games. The Warriors are one of five teams in NBA history to begin 14-0, and will travel to Denver looking to keep it going Sunday.
Harrison Barnes added 20 points and nine rebounds for the Warriors in a game featuring 18 lead changes and 17 ties.
Jimmy Butler had 28 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Bulls.
at New Orleans 104, San Antonio 90: Anthony Davis had 20 points and 18 rebounds in his return from a sore shoulder, and the Pelicans beat the Spurs for their second victory of the season. Kawhi Leonard scored 22 for San Antonio, which lost for only the third time this season and had its six-game winning streak snapped.
New York 93, at Oklahoma City 90: Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points to help the Knicks defeat the Thunder for their third straight win. The Thunder rallied from a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter, but Dion Waiters’ potential game-tying shot rattled out at the buzzer.
Phoenix 114, at Denver 107: Brandon Knight scored a career-high 38 points, Eric Bledsoe had 22 and the Suns rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Nuggets. Rookie guard Emmanuel Mudiay led Denver with a career-high 26 points, and Gary Harris also set a career best with 20.
at Memphis 96, Houston 84: Mike Conley scored 26 points, Marc Gasol had 16 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Grizzlies beat the Rockets. James Harden led the Rockets with 22 points, but missed six of his seven shots from beyond the arc.
Detroit 96, at Minnesota 86: Andre Drummond had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lift the Pistons to a victory over the Timberwolves. Marcus Morris had 16 points and 11 rebounds and the scuffling Pistons grinded out a victory after losing four of their previous five games.
at Dallas 102, Utah 93: Deron Williams scored a season-high 23 points, Dirk Nowitzki had 19 and the Mavericks beat the Jazz for their sixth straight victory. Zaza Pachulia had his seventh double-double of the season as Dallas held on after its 20-point, second-half lead was trimmed to five in the closing minutes.
at Boston 120, Brooklyn 95: Avery Bradley scored 21 points and Isaiah Thomas added 18 points and nine assists to lead the Celtics over the Nets. The Celtics shot 62% in the first half and ran away with the game in the second quarter when they went 18 for 21 from the field (86%) and closed with a 26-7 run.
at Charlotte 113, Philadelphia 88: Al Jefferson had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and the Hornets put five players in double figures in a victory that kept the 76ers winless. The Sixers dropped to 0-13 and haven’t won since last March 27.