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Warriors crash in just their 2nd loss of the season

By AP - Jan 01,2016 - Last updated at Jan 01,2016

Chandler Parsons of the Dallas Mavericks takes a shot against Brandon Rush of the Golden State Warriors in Dallas on Wednesday (AFP photo by Ronald Martinez)

DALLAS — The Golden State Warriors flopped without Stephen Curry, getting blown out for just their second loss of the season behind 23 points for Dallas’ J.J. Barea in a 114-91 victory for the Mavericks on Wednesday night.

Curry missed his first game of the season with a lower left leg bruise that might keep the NBA’s leading scorer and reigning MVP out again Thursday at Houston. But the Warriors (29-2) still have the best 31-game start in NBA history, a game better than four teams.

Klay Thompson couldn’t make up for Curry’s absence, going 4 of 15 for 10 points. Ian Clark led the Warriors with 21 points.

Zaza Pachulia had 14 points and 15 rebounds, and Dirk Nowitzki added 18 and eight rebounds for the Mavericks. They won their fourth straight game without injured point guard Deron Williams.

Lakers 112, Celtics 104

Kobe Bryant had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Los Angeles in likely his final game in Boston.

Bryant played 33 minutes and had his first double-double of what he says is his final season. The crowd chanted “Kobe! Kobe!” in the final minute.

Jordan Clarkson scored 24 points, and Lou Williams had 19 to help Los Angeles stop a four-game slide.

Isaiah Thomas had 24 points, and Evan Turner added 20 for Boston.

Spurs 112, Suns 79

LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and 12 rebounds and San Antonio routed Phoenix for their 19th straight home win to start the season.

The Spurs also extended their franchise-record home winning streak to 28 straight games dating to last season by holding the Suns to several season lows. Phoenix, who have lost six straight, had season lows for total points, first-half points (33) and points in the opening quarter (12).

Kawhi Leonard had 19 points, Manu Ginobili added 13 and Tony Parker had 12 points and seven assists for San Antonio. Tim Duncan missed his third straight game due to right knee soreness.

76ers 110, Kings 105

Ish Smith scored five of his 18 points over the final three-and-a-half minutes and Jamari Grant made three late free throws to in Philadelphia’s victory over Sacramento.

The 76ers have won two of their past three games since acquiring Smith in a trade with New Orleans, improving their NBA-worst record to 3-31. Nerlens Noel had a season-high 20 points and added nine rebounds, and Grant finished with 16 points, a career-best 11 rebounds and five blocked shots.

DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Sacramento but fouled out with 1:47 left.

Bulls 102, Pacers 100, OT

Jimmy Butler tipped in a basket with 1.2 seconds left in overtime and Chicago beat Indiana despite playing without Derrick Rose.

On the final play, Butler tipped in Pau Gasol’s lob from atop the key. Butler then defended Paul George on a lob to preserve the win.

Butler scored 28 points, and Aaron Brooks had 29 points for Chicago. Rose was scratched an hour before the game with right hamstring tendinitis.

George Hill led Indiana with 20 points.

Raptors 94, Wizards 91

DeMar DeRozan had 34 points, six rebounds and five assists in Toronto’s victory over Washington.

DeRozan went 15 for 15 at the free-throw line as Toronto won their fifth straight regular-season game against the Wizards, who swept the Raptors in the first round of the play-offs last season.

Terrence Ross added 14 points for the Raptors (20-13).

Otto Porter led the Wizards with 20 points and nine rebounds. John Wall had 19 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.

Clippers 122, Hornets 117

J.J. Redick scored 26 points, Austin Rivers added a season-best 22 and Los Angeles beat Charlotte.

Chris Paul had 19 points and 11 assists for the Clippers, and DeAndre Jordan finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Kemba Walker scored 29 points for the Hornets. They played without Al Jefferson because of a knee injury that will sideline the centre for at least six weeks. Frank Kaminsky had 20 points.

Trail Blazers 110, Nuggets 103

C.J. McCollum scored 29 points, Allen Crabbe had 20 and Portland beat Denver for their third consecutive victory.

McCollum, starting at point guard for a fourth consecutive game with Damian Lillard sidelined with a left foot injury, hit 12 of 19 shots, Crabbe was 8 of 14, going 4 for 7 from three-point range.

Will Barton, traded by Portland to Denver last season, led the Nuggets with 31 points.

Magic 100, Nets 93

Nik Vucevic had 20 points and nine rebounds in Orlando’s comeback victory over New York.

Evan Fournier added 17 points and five assists for Orlando, who have won seven of nine.

Brooklyn led by as many as 13, but fell part down the stretch, going 3 for 20 from the three-point line.

Brook Lopez led the Nets with 24 point and 15 rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic added 20 points.

Timberwolves 94, Jazz 80

Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Minnesota outlasted Utah.

 

Ricky Rubio tied a career high with 17 assists, and Andrew Wiggins scored 17 points on 6-for-17 shooting for the Timberwolves. Trey Burke scored all 23 of his points in the second half for Utah.

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