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Curry's 40 leads 20-0 Warriors

Stephen Curry celebrates another memorable game that includes a 28-point third quarter.

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Stephen Curry celebrates another memorable game that includes a 28-point third quarter.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Stephen Curry scored 40 in three quarters and the Warriors defeated the Hornets 116-99 on Wednesday night to extend the best start in NBA history to 20-0.

On a night when the Hornets honored Curry's father, Dell, the franchise's career scoring leader, it was his oldest son who stole the spotlight by hitting 14 of 18 shots from the field and 8 of 11 3-pointers.

Stephen Curry, who grew up in Charlotte and starred at nearby Davidson College, scored 28 in the pivotal third quarter. He hit 10 of 11 shots from the field, including all five 3s — many from well beyond the arc and in the face of a defender — to help the Warriors build a 21-point cushion.

"I feel like I'm a better player (than last year)," Curry said. "20-0, there's a lot to be said about that, but we're not satisfied."

The reigning MVP sat out the fourth quarter due to the big lead.

Nicolas Batum led Charlotte with 17 points and eight rebounds.

Klay Thompson had 15 of his 21 points in the first quarter as the Warriors bolted to an early 15-point lead.

Despite missing the inside presence of center Al Jefferson — out at least two weeks with a strained left calf — and 0-for-8 shooting from Kemba Walker in the first half, the Hornets fought back to cut their deficit to 60-51 at the break.

But midway through the third quarter, Curry got rolling, launching deep 3-pointers, several times turning and jogging back down court well before the ball even went through the net.

Curry scored 40 by the end of the third quarter for the fourth time this season. The rest of the NBA combined has reached that mark once. Curry hit jumpers from 24, 25, 30, 29 and 30 feet in the third.

Hornets rookie Frank Kaminsky had a career-high 16 points.

OKAFOR SUSPENDED: The 76ers suspended rookie Jahlil Okafor two games after the release of a second video provided details of his fight in Boston he hadn't revealed to them.

Coach Brett Brown said the organization wanted to show "tough love" toward Okafor, adding that he was surprised by what he saw in the new video posted by TMZ.

"I think that if lessons are to be learned and this 19-year-old young man has to learn the responsibility of wearing a 76er uniform and carrying an NBA logo, and it has to be done in the magnitude and the national media spotlight as it has been delivered to make our point, then I say that's not a bad thing," Brown said.

"Let's make our point. It is hard love. There have been mistakes that have been made, he does own it. Nobody's proud of this right now and so we will support him, he's ours and we will move on."

The second video showed Okafor fighting in Boston the night of a loss to the Celtics last month, prompting local police to urge anyone who was assaulted to come forward.

Okafor has said he is embarrassed by his behavior. He said the fight happened when he was responding to heckling by fans.

Brown said he wasn't angry with Okafor but also said the center from Duke didn't give him the whole story during a conversation in Houston after the first video.

"He actually told me what had happened," Brown said. "The details, the further details that came out surprised me, surprised us. He told us (sketchily) that he was in a situation that he regretted. As far as the play-by-play of what happened, he did not go into that. (Wednesday) we learned more and the thing I do say is when I spent time with Jahlil in his room today, he is ashamed, he's embarrassed and this has caught him off guard."

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Jazz center Rudy Gobert is out indefinitely after suffering an MCL sprain in his left knee during practice. … Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic left in the first quarter after getting hit in the face by an elbow. … Chris Paul was a late scratch from the Clippers' lineup with a strained rib muscle and is expected to miss more than one game, coach Doc Rivers said.

Warriors 116, Hornets 99

GOLDEN STATE (116): Rush 3-4 0-0 8, Green 2-9 0-2 4, Bogut 2-2 0-0 4, Curry 14-18 4-4 40, K.Thompson 8-18 1-2 21, Iguodala 3-6 0-0 8, Ezeli 3-7 3-3 9, Livingston 3-5 0-0 6, Speights 3-7 0-0 6, Barbosa 1-4 0-0 2, McAdoo 3-6 0-0 6, Clark 1-1 0-0 2, J.Thompson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 46-88 8-11 116.

CHARLOTTE (99): Hairston 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 2-9 2-2 6, Zeller 2-6 2-2 6, Walker 2-16 0-0 4, Batum 6-15 4-5 17, Lamb 5-13 1-2 13, Kaminsky 5-8 3-5 16, Hawes 5-9 2-2 12, Lin 1-2 2-4 5, Roberts 2-7 0-0 5, Hansbrough 3-3 2-4 8, Daniels 1-5 2-2 5, Harrison 1-1 0-2 2. Totals 35-94 20-30 99.

Golden State 32 28 33 23— 116

Charlotte 23 28 21 27— 99

3-Point GoalsGolden State 16-34 (Curry 8-11, K.Thompson 4-10, Rush 2-3, Iguodala 2-4, Barbosa 0-1, Livingston 0-1, Green 0-4), Charlotte 9-31 (Kaminsky 3-3, Lamb 2-5, Roberts 1-1, Lin 1-2, Daniels 1-3, Batum 1-6, Hawes 0-2, Williams 0-4, Walker 0-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsGolden State 61 (Bogut, Green 11), Charlotte 53 (Batum 8). AssistsGolden State 31 (Green 9), Charlotte 19 (Roberts 5). Total FoulsGolden State 23, Charlotte 13. A19,542 (19,077).

Lakers 108, Wizards 104

L.A. LAKERS (108): Bryant 10-24 7-8 31, Randle 7-15 1-2 15, Hibbert 1-5 0-0 2, Russell 6-14 0-0 13, Clarkson 6-14 6-6 18, Williams 3-8 4-4 12, World Peace 3-8 0-0 7, Nance Jr. 0-0 0-0 0, Bass 5-8 0-0 10. Totals 41-96 18-20 108.

WASHINGTON (104): Porter 2-8 3-4 7, Dudley 3-5 0-0 8, Gortat 9-15 0-0 18, Wall 11-19 9-12 34, Beal 4-12 2-2 11, Temple 0-1 4-8 4, Sessions 2-5 0-0 4, Hollins 0-0 0-0 0, Neal 2-4 3-3 7, Oubre Jr. 1-3 0-0 2, Humphries 3-7 2-2 9. Totals 37-79 23-31 104.

L.A. Lakers 34 23 21 30— 108

Washington 22 29 24 29— 104

3-Point GoalsL.A. Lakers 8-25 (Bryant 4-11, Williams 2-4, World Peace 1-2, Russell 1-5, Randle 0-1, Clarkson 0-2), Washington 7-21 (Wall 3-6, Dudley 2-4, Humphries 1-2, Beal 1-4, Temple 0-1, Porter 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Lakers 52 (Randle 19), Washington 55 (Gortat 10). AssistsL.A. Lakers 17 (Williams 4), Washington 24 (Wall 11). Total FoulsL.A. Lakers 22, Washington 15. TechnicalsL.A. Lakers delay of game, Wall, Washington defensive three second. A20,356 (20,308).

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