Warriors 123, Heat 114
Stephen Curry scored 36 points and handed out 12 assists, and David Lee scored 32 points as the Golden State Warriors beat the host Miami Heat and extended the NBA’s longest current winning streak to seven games.
Curry was 13-for-22 from the field and 8-for-15 from beyond the arc for Golden State. Lee added 14 rebounds, Klay Thompson scored 16 points and Harrison Barnes added 15 for the Warriors.
LeBron James scored 26 points and Dwyane Wade added 22 for the Heat, who had all five starters in double figures. Chris Bosh scored 19, Mario Chalmers had 17 and Shane Battier added 11 for Miami.
But the Heat allowed Golden State to shoot 56 percent, make 15-of-29 tries from 3-point range and finish with a 40-31 rebounding edge.
Curry became the first player with at least 36 points, 12 assists and eight 3-pointers in a game since Antoine Walker did it for Boston on Jan. 17, 2001. The 123 points was Golden State’s second-best total of the season, two shy of what the Warriors put up on opening night against the Los Angeles Lakers, and the 15 3-pointers matched a season best.
About the only blip for the Warriors were turnovers. They had 20, which Miami turned into 32 points. Without those, this might have been a lot worse.
For a few seconds of the first quarter, the Warriors were shooting 11-for-13 for the game.
Even that wasn’t good enough for the lead.
That’s how much offense reigned on this night.
Somehow, the Warriors — despite shooting nearly 85 percent to that point — were trailing 29-28, part of what was a sizzling opening barrage that set the tone for the evening. Golden State scored on 14 of its first 21 possessions and led 38-33 after the opening quarter, putting up the highest point total for any quarter against the Heat this season.
Things cooled, albeit slightly, in the second, and the Warriors went into the break with a 65-61 advantage.
And then the third quarter was all about Curry.
He went on a personal 7-0 run early in the quarter, all of them jump shots from a total distance of 63 feet, one of them on a play where he gave a quick look-back to James after a high-arcing, high-difficulty connection from the right corner. That barrage alone gave Golden State a 13-point lead, and a 3 from Curry put the Warriors up 91-76 with 3:27 left in the quarter.
Curry had 14 in the quarter, matching his output from the entire first half. But the lead was down to nine entering the fourth, and the Heat kept chipping away, with James taking a difficult pass from Wade and scoring down low to get Miami within 105-99 with about 7½ minutes remaining.
James’ 3-pointer with 5:18 left got Miami within six again.
But he missed two free throws with 3:16 left, Thompson found Curry with a touch pass a few seconds later — and Curry delivered his eighth 3-pointer.
Nets 95, Thunder 93
Joe Johnson hit a high-arching jumper as time expired to give the visiting Brooklyn Nets a dramatic comeback victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Johnson’s game-winning shot capped an improbable rally from a 16-point, second-half deficit for the Nets (11-21), led by a season-high 29 points from point guard Deron Williams.
Bulls 94, Celtics 82
Joakim Noah nearly had a triple double as he scored 17 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had nine assists to power the host Chicago Bulls over the Boston Celtics. Carlos Boozer added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Bulls.
Knicks 105, Spurs 101
Iman Shumpert scored a career-high 27 points, Carmelo Anthony had 27 points and 12 rebounds in his return from injury and the New York Knicks surprised the host San Antonio Spurs. Marco Belinelli had 32 points, but missed a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute for the Spurs.
Jazz 96, Bucks 87
Gordon Hayward scored 22 points and Derrick Favors had 21 points and 11 rebounds to help the host Utah Jazz hold off the Milwaukee Bucks. Hayward, Utah’s leading scorer, had failed to reach double-digits in the previous two games but was efficient from the start against the Bucks with 18 in the first half.
Grizzlies 99, Suns 91
The visiting Memphis Grizzlies went on an 11-0 run early in the fourth quarter and rallied from a four-point deficit to beat the Phoenix Suns. Zach Randolph scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the Grizzlies.