Stephen Curry made an NBA-record 13 three-point shots on the way to 46 points Monday night, grabbing back the spotlight from new teammate Kevin Durant in the Golden State Warriors’ 116-106 victory over the winless New Orleans Pelicans at Oakland.
The two-time reigning most valuable player hit 13 of 17 from beyond the arc, the seventh time in his career that he has made as many as 10, and 16 of 26 shots overall. He raised his right arm and pounded his chest when he reached the record with 2:23 to play.
It was his first 40-point performance this season after he led the NBA with 13 last season.
Houston 114, at Washington 106: James Harden set aside a slow start to finish with 32 points and 15 assists, his fourth consecutive 30-10 game. “Chemistry with everybody is getting there,” Harden said after helping the Rockets improve to 4-3 with help from Ryan Anderson (23 points), Trevor Ariza (15) and Clint Capela (14). “It’s just predicated on me making the right decision.”
at Oklahoma City 97, Miami 85: Enes Kanter had 24 points and 10 rebounds in only 21 minutes for the Thunder, making 10 of 12 shots. Victor Oladipo scored 17 points and rookie Domantas Sabonis scored a season-high 15 for the Thunder, who at 6-1 are tied with the Clippers atop the Western Conference. Russell Westbrook, who scored or assisted on every point during a 20-0 run in the third quarter that gave the Thunder a 24-point lead, finished with 14 points and 11 assists. “He’s always looking for his teammates,” Kanter said. “He’s looking to score, but he knows that he’s going to get double-teamed, triple-teamed. They cannot guard him.”
at Chicago 112, Orlando 80: Jimmy Butler scored 20 points, Taj Gibson had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Dwyane Wade also scored 16 points for the Bulls, who ended a three-game losing streak.
Utah 109, at Philadelphia 84: Derrick Favors had 16 points and 14 rebounds and Gordon Hayward scored 20 points to lead the Jazz over the winless 76ers, who are 0-6 for the third season in a row and have lost their last 10 games dating to last season. The 76ers haven’t won a game in October or November since Nov. 22, 2013, losing 43 in a row during those months.
at Charlotte 122, Indiana 100: Kemba Walker scored 24 points and had 10 assists to lead the Hornets, who at 5-1 are off to the best start in franchise history.
at Clippers 114, Detroit 82