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Warriors knock off Heat, extend win streak to 7 games

Stephen Curry finished with 36 points, 12 assists, four steals and made eight three-pointers, David Lee finished with 32 points and 14 rebounds, and the Warriors ran past the Heat 123-114 Thursday night to extend the NBA’s longest current winning streak to seven games.


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MIAMI — Game high in points. Game high in assists. Game high in steals. Oh, and for good measure, he made as many three-pointers as the entire Miami Heat roster.

Stephen Curry had another night to remember.

And the Golden State Warriors continued their surge.

Curry finished with 36 points, 12 assists, four steals and made eight three-pointers, David Lee finished with 32 points and 14 rebounds, and the Warriors ran past the Heat 123-114 Thursday night to extend the NBA’s longest current winning streak to seven games.

“Curry was spectacular,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “If he doesn’t make the All-Star team, I might retire.”

If the Heat had a vote, Jackson’s job would be safe.

“One of the best shooters this NBA will see,” Heat star LeBron James said. “I mean, if you can find a better shooter than him right now, especially with the way he handles the ball — and the light that he has, it’s more than green, it’s fluorescent — you just hope that he misses.”

He did miss a few. Just not very many.

Curry was 13 for 22 from the floor, 8 of 15 from beyond the arc. Lee made 13 of 17 shots. The Warriors made 15 three-pointers; the Heat managed only eight.

“It’s a good experience against a championship-caliber team,” Curry said. “They know how to get it done so to come in here and play the way we did, it shows we’re on the right path.”

Former Cougar Klay Thompson scored 16 points and Harrison Barnes added 15 for the Warriors.

James scored 26 points and Dwyane Wade added 22 for the Heat, which 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, plus finish with a 40-31 rebounding edge.

Notes

Wesley Matthews had 25 points, including five of Portland’s 21 three-pointers in a 134-104 rout of the visiting Charlotte Bobcats. The Trail Blazers (26-7) moved back into the top spot in the Western Conference.

• Former Husky Tony Wroten scored 21 points off the bench as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated host Sacramento 113-104. Former Husky Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points for the Kings.

Iman Shumpert scored a career-high 27 points, including the tiebreaking tip-in with 23.4 seconds left, and Carmelo Anthony had 27 points and 12 rebounds in his return from injury as the New York Knicks surprised the host San Antonio Spurs 105-101.

Joe Johnson hit a high-arching jumper as time expired to give the Brooklyn Nets a comeback victory over the host Oklahoma City Thunder, 95-93.

• The Denver Nuggets suspended veteran point guard Andre Miller for two games for “conduct detrimental to the team.”

• Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving missed his first game of the season because of a bruised left knee.



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