NBA round-up: Curry torches Nets in Warriors blowout, Sixers slump goes on
Stephen Curry was at his brilliant best in the Warriors' 117-99 defeat of the Brooklyn Nets 117-99 on Tuesday, while the Philadelphia 76ers lost again.
Stephen Curry and the NBA-leading Golden State Warriors sent a message after crushing the championship-chasing Brooklyn Nets 117-99 on Tuesday.
Boasting Kevin Durant and James Harden, the Nets are dreaming big in their pursuit of a maiden title, but the star-studded franchise were reminded how far they must go after Curry torched Brooklyn with 37 points on the road.
Curry tallied his fifth career game with 35-plus points in less than 30 minutes – the most by any player since the three-point era (1980).
The two-time MVP reached 2,900 career three-pointers after making nine shots from beyond the arc at Barclays Center.
It marked Curry's 37th career game with nine three-pointers or more – no other player is in the 10-36 range as the high-flying Warriors improved to 12-2.
In his reunion with former team the Warriors, where he won two titles, Durant put up a season-low 19 points.
It was the first time this season Durant did not score at least 20 points in a game, shooting six-of-19 from the field as Harden led the Nets (10-5) with 24 points.
George dazzles in LA
Paul George maintained his red-hot form in the absence of injured star team-mate Kawhi Leonard, scoring 34 points and collecting nine rebounds to go with four assists and two steals as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the San Antonio Spurs 106-92. San Antonio's Dejounte Murray (26 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists) narrowly missed out on a triple-double.
Philadelphia's slide continues
The Philadelphia 76ers were left to pick up the pieces following a fifth consecutive defeat, a 120-85 rout at the Utah Jazz (9-5). Missing MVP runner-up Joel Embiid and fellow All-Star Ben Simmons, the 76ers were simply no match for the Jazz in Utah as last season's Eastern Conference top seeds slipped to 8-7. Philadelphia have lost five straight games for the first time since December 2017.