Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Curry hits 51, sets record in win

ORLANDO — Stephen Curry scored 51 and set an NBA record with a 3-pointer in his 128th consecutive game as the Warriors beat the Magic 130-114 Thursday night.

A night after scoring 42 at Miami, Curry made 20 of 27 shots from the field, including 10 3-pointers. The Warriors pulled away in the closing minutes of the third quarter, with Curry banking in a 44-foot shot at the buzzer for a 99-91 lead.

The reigning MVP topped 50 points for the third time this season, the first to do it that many times since LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in 2008-09.

Curry surpassed Kyle Korver's mark of 127 straight games with a 3.

Including the postseason, Curry has made 3s in 149 straight games, also a record.

The announced crowd of 19,189 was the fifth-largest in Amway Center history. Attendees included Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston, college basketball analyst Dick Vitale and Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia.

"I have a hard time seeing how that streak is ever going to end. It would have to be kind of a fluke night," Orlando coach Scott Skiles said. "The way he makes them is totally different from Kyle. Kyle is sprinting off screens and it's possible you could switch out and maybe take some away from him, whereas Steph, there are so many of them off the dribble and from 30 feet and fading away. He'd just have to be off that night, and that doesn't happen very often."

The Warriors are 52-5, the best 57-game start in league history. The 1995-96 Bulls won 51 of their first 57 on the way to finishing 72-10.

Curry, who scored 24 in the third quarter, helped the Warriors weather a quiet night from backcourt mate Klay Thompson, who had nine points on 4-of-10 shooting.

Evan Fournier led Orlando with 20 points. Nikola Vucevic had 17 points and nine rebounds.

The Magic visits the Knicks tonight and the Warriors visit the Thunder on Saturday.

game highlights: Isaiah Thomas scored 27, including eight in the fourth quarter, and the Celtics recorded their ninth straight home victory, 112-107 over the Bucks. Every Boston starter was in double figures.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Nets waived guard Joe Johnson, 34, allowing the seven-time All-Star to leave one of the league's worst teams. Brooklyn will buy out the rest of his deal —his $24.9 million salary trails only Kobe Bryant this season. Players have to be waived by Tuesday to sign with another team and be eligible for the playoffs. Multiple teams headed to the postseason, such as the Celtics and Cavaliers, have shown interest in Johnson, according to media reports. … Andy Miller, agent for Timberwolves point guard Andre Miller, said the 39-year-old is finalizing a buyout agreement and will seek to join a contender. … The Wizards signed forward J.J. Hickson, who was bought out by the Nuggets this week.

Warriors 130, Magic 114

GOLDEN STATE (130): Barnes 4-9 1-3 10, Green 4-7 4-7 12, Bogut 6-7 0-0 12, Curry 20-27 1-1 51, Thompson 4-10 0-0 9, Iguodala 1-2 0-0 2, Varejao 2-5 1-1 5, Barbosa 3-6 0-0 6, Speights 6-8 2-2 14, Livingston 1-4 2-2 4, Rush 1-1 0-0 3, Looney 1-2 0-0 2, Clark 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 53-88 11-16 130.

ORLANDO (114): Fournier 6-12 5-5 20, Gordon 9-14 0-0 19, Vucevic 7-17 3-4 17, Payton 5-8 0-2 12, Oladipo 5-16 2-4 14, Ilyasova 1-3 6-6 8, Hezonja 1-5 0-0 3, Jennings 2-5 0-0 5, Smith 2-5 1-2 5, Watson 1-1 4-4 6, Dedmon 1-2 0-0 2, Marble 0-1 0-0 0, Nicholson 1-1 1-1 3. Totals 41-90 22-28 114.

Golden State 33 26 40 31— 130

Orlando 30 33 28 23— 114

3-Point GoalsGolden State 13-25 (Curry 10-15, Rush 1-1, Barnes 1-2, Thompson 1-5, Green 0-1, Barbosa 0-1), Orlando 10-26 (Fournier 3-5, Payton 2-3, Oladipo 2-5, Jennings 1-3, Gordon 1-4, Hezonja 1-4, Vucevic 0-1, Marble 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsGolden State 47 (Curry 7), Orlando 48 (Vucevic 9). AssistsGolden State 35 (Green, Curry 8), Orlando 23 (Payton 6). Total FoulsGolden State 21, Orlando 17. A19,189.

Celtics 112, Bucks 107

MILWAUKEE (107): Antetokounmpo 6-12 2-5 14, Parker 8-16 6-7 22, Plumlee 1-2 3-4 5, Mayo 1-4 0-0 3, Middleton 8-15 4-4 21, Monroe 9-13 2-3 20, Carter-Williams 5-13 2-2 12, Vaughn 2-6 0-0 5, O'Bryant 0-1 0-0 0, Ennis 1-2 0-0 2, Novak 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 42-87 19-25 107.

BOSTON (112): Crowder 8-10 2-2 20, Johnson 7-9 1-4 15, Sullinger 5-11 4-4 14, Thomas 10-21 5-8 27, Bradley 7-12 3-3 18, Smart 0-4 3-4 3, Turner 2-9 4-4 8, Jerebko 1-5 3-4 5, Zeller 1-2 0-0 2, Hunter 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 41-84 25-33 112.

Milwaukee 25 27 21 34— 107

Boston 35 27 26 24— 112

3-Point GoalsMilwaukee 4-15 (Vaughn 1-2, Novak 1-3, Mayo 1-3, Middleton 1-4, Parker 0-1, Carter-Williams 0-2), Boston 5-23 (Crowder 2-3, Thomas 2-10, Bradley 1-4, Smart 0-1, Turner 0-1, Hunter 0-1, Jerebko 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMilwaukee 46 (Monroe 8), Boston 56 (Sullinger 10). AssistsMilwaukee 26 (Antetokounmpo 8), Boston 21 (Thomas 7). Total FoulsMilwaukee 27, Boston 21. TechnicalsAntetokounmpo, Crowder. A18,157 (18,624).

Pelicans 123, Thunder 119

OKLAHOMA CITY (119): Durant 13-23 3-4 32, Ibaka 6-11 3-4 15, Adams 4-6 0-0 8, Westbrook 15-25 11-14 44, Roberson 0-2 0-0 0, Singler 0-1 0-0 0, Kanter 4-7 0-0 8, Waiters 3-7 0-0 8, Foye 2-4 0-0 4, Collison 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 47-86 17-22 119.

NEW ORLEANS (123): Cunningham 4-6 0-0 10, Davis 11-26 6-7 30, Ajinca 1-3 0-0 2, Cole 7-14 5-5 21, Gee 0-0 0-0 0, Holiday 8-12 4-4 22, Perkins 0-0 0-0 0, Douglas 5-7 0-0 12, Anderson 11-22 2-2 26, Babbitt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 47-90 17-18 123.

Oklahoma City 32 32 23 32— 119

New Orleans 35 26 28 34— 123

3-Point GoalsOklahoma City 8-19 (Westbrook 3-5, Durant 3-7, Waiters 2-4, Ibaka 0-1, Roberson 0-1, Foye 0-1), New Orleans 12-20 (Cunningham 2-2, Douglas 2-3, Davis 2-3, Cole 2-3, Holiday 2-3, Anderson 2-6). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOklahoma City 44 (Durant 14), New Orleans 44 (Ajinca 7). AssistsOklahoma City 25 (Westbrook 9), New Orleans 29 (Holiday 9). Total FoulsOklahoma City 15, New Orleans 25. TechnicalsOklahoma City defensive three second. A16,974 (16,867).

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