Warriors push win streak to 9 — longest since 1975
Former Cougar Klay Thompson scored 26 points, Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut connected on a trick play worthy of the NBA’s slam-dunk contest, and the Golden State Warriors have their longest in-season winning streak since 1975 after Sunday night’s 112-96 win over the Washington Wizards.
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Former Cougar Klay Thompson scored 26 points, Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut connected on a trick play worthy of the NBA’s slam-dunk contest, and the Golden State Warriors have their longest in-season winning streak since 1975 after Sunday night’s 112-96 win over the Washington Wizards.
The Warriors won their ninth in a row by turning the third quarter into a laugher, opening the period with a 30-5 run that included a sequence in which Curry drove into the paint and sent the ball flying out of his hand and off the backboard above the rim. The carom went right to a leaping Bogut, who timed the play perfectly for a dunk, then stared at his right hand with mouth agape as he ran down court.
The Warriors hadn’t won nine straight in the same season since a 10-game run from Dec. 6-23, 1975. They also had a nine-game regular-season winning streak that overlapped the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons. Golden State is 5-0 on its seasonlong, seven-game, 13-day road trip and moved into a tie with the Los Angeles Clippers atop the Pacific Division.
Curry and Thompson topped John Wall and Bradley Beal in the battle of the two highest-scoring backcourts in the NBA. Curry scored 14 points on 5-for-17 shooting, but the league’s most turnover-prone player had 10 assists and only two giveaways. Thompson was 9 for 14 from the field, including 6 for 9 from three-point range.
LOS ANGELES — While Kobe Bryant heals from his latest injury, he has an unusual campaign message for the fans who select the All-Star Game’s starters: Don’t vote for me.
The Los Angeles Lakers superstar guard is hoping fans elect younger, more deserving players to start next month’s showcase in New Orleans.
Bryant is a 15-time All-Star selection, a four-time All-Star Game MVP and the top scorer in the game’s history. He said he’d be honored if he’s voted in again, but isn’t even sure he’ll be ready to play.
Bryant is out for several more weeks while a broken bone near his knee heals.
• Paul George scored 16 points, Roy Hibbert made a putback and two free throws in the final 1:09, and the Indiana Pacers held off host Cleveland’s late rally for an 82-78 win. Cavaliers All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving (knee) and his backup, Jarrett Jack (back), missed the game.
• LeBron James scored 30 points, Michael Beasley came off the bench to add 17 and the host Miami Heat held on down the stretch to beat the surging Toronto Raptors 102-97. DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points on 11-for-19 shooting for Toronto, which was bidding for its first six-game winning streak since April 2007.
• Reggie Jackson scored a career-high 27 points, Kevin Durant added 21 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder halted its home-court swoon with a 119-96 victory over the Boston Celtics. Avery Bradley from Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma scored 19 points for Boston.
Russell Westbrook already is off crutches and shooting free throws, but the All-Star point guard said before the game he doesn’t know when he’ll be ready to return to the court for the Thunder after knee surgery.
• Chris Paul will be out of the Los Angeles Clippers’ lineup for up to six weeks with a separated right shoulder, but the All-Star point guard won’t need surgery.