Curry surpasses Bryant's points milestone as Warriors win again
Stephen Curry put a dismal January behind him to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 122-108 win over the Rockets and take a Bryant record which has stood for a century.
The Golden State Warriors won a sixth straight game as Stephen Curry returned to form with a 40-point haul in Texas. Golden State saw off the Houston Rockets 122-108 on Monday, with Curry finishing with 40 points, 21 of them coming in the final quarter.
It marked the end of a below-par month for Curry, who had previously had over 30 points on just one occasion since the turn of the year. Curry has now scored 40 points or more in six games this season. He made seven three-pointers to go along with nine assists and five rebounds. He has scored 20 points or more in a quarter 37 times in his career, surpassing the late Kobe Bryant for the most by any NBA player since at least 1996-97.
Andrew Wiggins added 23 points for Golden State, while Kevon Looney had 14 rebounds. Christian Wood offered some resistance for the Rockets with a double-double, but Houston are without a win at home in 11 games.
Sixers do the businesses without Embiid
With Joel Embiid rested, the Philadelphia 76ers nevertheless clinched a fifth straight win as Andre Drummond, Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris stepped up against the Memphis Grizzlies.
All-Star Ja Morant had 37 points for Memphis, but it was Maxey (33 points) who snatched a 122-119 victory in overtime with a driving layup. Drummond had 16 points but amassed a huge 23 rebounds, while Harris also had 31 points, with Desmond Bane's career-high 34 in vain for the Grizzlies.
Heat lose their flame
The Miami Heat lost a second straight game and gave up their place at the top of the Eastern Conference after a 122-92 defeat to the Boston Celtics. Jaylen Brown led Boston with 29 points, as the Celtics moved to 27-25 for the season after a fourth successive win.
The Cleveland Cavaliers posted a fifth straight home win as they overcame the New Orleans Pelicans 93-90, while Isaiah Jackson had a double-double for the Indiana Pacers in a 122-116 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.