Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Curry scores 46 as Warriors stop T'wolves, move to 10-0

MINNEAPOLIS — Stephen Curry had 46 points, 21 in the first quarter, and the Warriors improved to 10-0 with a 129-116 victory over the Timberwolves on Thursday night.

Curry hit 15 of 25 shots, including 8 of 13 3-pointers, in another strong performance for the reigning MVP. Draymond Green had 23 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds for the Warriors, who are the fourth defending champion to start the season with at least 10 straight wins.

Golden State set two franchise records with the 10-0 start and winning its first five road games.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Andrew Wiggins scored 19 for the Timberwolves, who are 0-4 at home. Point guard Ricky Rubio missed his second straight game with a strained left hamstring.

The Warriors went 18-for-38 from 3-point range while Minnesota was 3-for-9.

Curry has topped 40 points in a game three times this season and his 52 3s are more than three teams have made all season.

Curry was 4-for-5 on 3s in the first quarter and pushed the Warriors out to a 10-0 lead before the game was 90 seconds old.

Last season Russell Westbrook led the NBA with four 20-point quarters. Curry has four in 10 games. He hit consecutive 3s in the third quarter, one from 3 feet behind the arc for a 97-76 lead.

The Warriors never trailed, but the win didn't come easily, even when it was 97-76. The Timberwolves got within five, but Curry and Green made key shots.

MISSING WADE, HEAT WINS: Chris Bosh scored 25, reserve Tyler Johnson added 17 and the host Heat held off the Jazz 92-91. Miami guard Dwyane Wade did not play because one of his sons needed hospitalization for undisclosed reasons. The team said only that the child was doing well and would be fine. When Miami traded Mario Chalmers this week, team president Pat Riley told Johnson: "Now, it's on. Game on. You're not the third guard now." Johnson rewarded that confidence Thursday, capping his night with two key field goals in the final 1:48 Goran Dragic scored 14 and Hassan Whiteside had 14 rebounds for the Heat.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Clippers were without their starting backcourt against the Suns in Thursday night's late game. Chris Paul (strained groin) was a game-time decision; J.J. Redick (lower back spasms) is expected to miss a couple of games. …Bulls center Joakim Noah appears on track to return tonight against the Hornets after missing a game because of soreness in his surgically repaired left knee. … Pacers center Myles Turner is expected to miss at least a month with a chip fracture in his left thumb.

Warriors 129, T'wolves 116

GOLDEN STATE (129): Barnes 6-14 0-1 14, Green 8-10 5-5 23, Ezeli 5-6 0-0 10, Curry 15-25 8-8 46, K.Thompson 6-16 0-0 15, Bogut 2-3 0-0 4, Iguodala 1-6 0-0 3, Livingston 3-5 2-2 8, Clark 2-4 0-0 6, McAdoo 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 48-89 15-16 129.

MINNESOTA (116): Prince 3-3 0-0 6, Garnett 0-0 0-0 0, Towns 7-15 3-4 17, LaVine 3-11 7-8 13, Wiggins 7-17 4-6 19, Bjelica 3-5 1-4 8, Martin 5-13 4-4 15, Miller 5-8 1-2 11, Dieng 4-6 3-3 11, Muhammad 6-8 4-5 16, Rudez 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Payne 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-87 27-36 116.

Golden State 40 35 22 32— 129

Minnesota 27 36 24 29— 116

3-Point GoalsGolden State 18-38 (Curry 8-13, K.Thompson 3-9, Green 2-3, Clark 2-3, Barnes 2-7, Iguodala 1-3), Minnesota 3-9 (Martin 1-1, Wiggins 1-2, Bjelica 1-2, Jones 0-1, Muhammad 0-1, LaVine 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsGolden State 38 (Green 8), Minnesota 57 (Towns 11). AssistsGolden State 34 (Green 12), Minnesota 21 (Martin 6). Total FoulsGolden State 25, Minnesota 18. A16,130 (19,356).

Heat 92, Jazz 91

UTAH (91): Hayward 7-21 10-12 24, Lyles 1-4 0-0 2, Favors 10-18 5-7 25, Neto 0-3 0-0 0, Hood 4-14 1-2 10, Booker 0-2 0-0 0, Burke 3-9 0-0 6, Burks 9-16 3-4 24, Ingles 0-2 0-0 0, Millsap 0-0 0-0 0, Pleiss 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-89 19-25 91.

MIAMI (92): Deng 3-5 0-0 6, Bosh 9-18 6-9 25, Whiteside 4-10 1-4 9, Dragic 5-12 4-6 14, Richardson 3-5 0-0 8, Winslow 3-9 1-2 7, T.Johnson 8-12 0-0 17, McRoberts 0-3 4-4 4, Udrih 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 36-77 16-25 92.

Utah 22 23 21 25— 91

Miami 28 18 20 26— 92

3-Point GoalsUtah 4-17 (Burks 3-3, Hood 1-5, Ingles 0-1, Lyles 0-1, Neto 0-1, Burke 0-2, Hayward 0-4), Miami 4-13 (Richardson 2-3, T.Johnson 1-1, Bosh 1-3, Deng 0-1, McRoberts 0-1, Winslow 0-1, Dragic 0-3). Fouled OutBooker. ReboundsUtah 52 (Favors 12), Miami 59 (Whiteside 14). AssistsUtah 13 (Hood, Hayward 3), Miami 14 (Dragic, Bosh 4). Total FoulsUtah 23, Miami 20. A19,600 (19,600).

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