Klay Thompson scored a season-high 45 points, Stephen Curry got going after halftime and so did the Golden State Warriors, who avenged one of their four losses this season by beating the Dallas Mavericks, 127-107, on Wednesday night in Oakland.
Curry hit three quick three-point shots after intermission as Golden State (42-4) overcame a sluggish first half, and the reigning MVP finished with a modest 14 points on a night the Warriors’ role players and bench provided a balanced effort.
Thompson had his second 40-point game of the season and sixth of his career, making 14 of 20 shots, including seven of 12 from three-point range.
The Warriors ran their regular-season winning streak at Oracle Arena to 40 games, including 22-0 this season. The 40 straight home victories tied the Orlando Magic for second-longest home unbeaten run in NBA history behind the Chicago Bulls’ 44 from March 30, 1995, to April 4, 1996.
at San Antonio 130, Houston 99: LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 10 rebounds and the Spurs rebounded from their worst loss in three years to bash the Rockets. San Antonio (39-7) has won 25 straight at home to open the season and 34 consecutive regular-season games dating back to last season. Aldridge bounced back — as did the rest of the Spurs — after he was held to five points and three rebounds in a 30-point loss to Golden State on Monday.
at Cleveland 115, Phoenix 93: LeBron James scored 21 points before sitting out in the fourth quarter, Kevin Love added 21 points and 11 rebounds, and the Cavaliers opened the second half with a 12-0 run to take a 17-point lead. Devin Booker had 16 points for the Suns, who lost for the 17th time in 19 games. Cleveland improved to 2-1 under Coach Tyronn Lue, who took over last week when David Blatt was fired. The win means Lue and Cleveland’s coaching staff will represent the Eastern Conference at the All-Star Game on Feb. 14 in Toronto.
Oklahoma City 126, at Minnesota 123: Kevin Durant had 27 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and hit two huge shots in the final two minutes for the Thunder. Russell Westbrook had 24 points, 15 assists and eight rebounds for Oklahoma City. Zach LaVine scored 35 points on 14-for-17 shooting for the Timberwolves.
at Detroit 110, Philadelphia 97: Andre Drummond had 25 points and 18 rebounds and the Pistons outscored the 76ers by 18 points in the fourth quarter. Drummond made seven of 12 free throws after missing 13 of 14 the last two games.
at Boston 111, Denver 103: Avery Bradley matched his season-high with 27 points to help the Celtics win their fourth in a row. Kelly Olynyk added 17 points and seven rebounds. Danilo Gallinari and Will Barton each had 23 points for the Nuggets, who have lost four of five.
at Utah 102, Charlotte 73: Rodney Hood scored 24 points and Gordon Hayward added 22 with seven rebounds and five assists for the Jazz.
Clippers 85, at Atlanta 83