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Warriors find way without Curry

HOUSTON — After Draymond Green posted his NBA-leading fifth triple double he was asked if Stephen Curry should worry that he was trying to steal his job as point guard while the league MVP is out with a leg injury.

"I don't think Steph Curry got to worry about too much of nothing," Green said, laughing.

Klay Thompson had 38 points and Green added a career-high 16 assists, 10 points and 11 rebounds as the Warriors overcame Curry's absence to beat the Rockets 114-110 on Thursday night.

Golden State was blown out by Dallas on Wednesday night for just its second loss of the season when Curry missed his first game since March 13 because of a sore left lower leg. But the Warriors outlasted the Rockets thanks to the big night by Thompson, who made six 3s.

Houston cut it to three with a jump shot by James Harden with about 5 minutes left before Golden State scored the next six points, highlighted by an alley-oop dunk from Andre Iguodala to Bogut, to make it 111-102.

Shaun Livingston made his second start of the season in place of Curry, who was injured Monday against Sacramento, and scored 13.

Game highlights: Khris Middleton scored 33 to lead the visiting Bucks past the Pacers 120-116. Greg Monroe added 23 for Milwaukee, which shot 58 percent (45-for-77) from the field. … Russell Westbrook had 36 points and 12 assists as the host Thunder handed the Suns their seventh straight loss, 110-106.

Around the league: The league discontinued the Shooting Stars competition during All-Star Weekend, the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reported. "They scrapped it," said Heat star Chris Bosh, whose team won the competition last year. "I wanted to do it again." The event included four shooting stations with three-player teams featuring an NBA star, a WNBA star and a retired star. … Spurs forward Tim Duncan will play today against Houston after missing three games. Duncan, 39, in his 19th season, sat out San Antonio's win Monday against Minnesota to rest, but he missed the next two home games because of soreness in his right knee.

Warriors 114, Rockets 110

GOLDEN STATE (114): Rush 1-6 0-0 2, Green 3-7 3-4 10, Bogut 4-9 1-4 9, Livingston 6-12 1-2 13, K.Thompson 16-27 0-3 38, Iguodala 6-7 6-7 20, Clark 4-9 2-2 12, Speights 1-4 1-1 3, McAdoo 2-3 3-4 7. Totals 43-84 17-27 114.

HOUSTON (110): Ariza 3-9 2-2 11, Capela 2-4 1-2 5, Howard 8-9 5-6 21, Beverley 5-10 4-4 15, Harden 8-19 9-9 30, Jones 1-6 0-0 2, Lawson 2-4 1-2 5, Brewer 2-3 4-4 9, Thornton 4-12 0-0 10, Motiejunas 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 36-78 26-29 110.

Golden State 33 28 29 24— 114

Houston 30 29 23 28— 110

3sGolden State 11-23 (K.Thompson 6-11, Iguodala 2-3, Clark 2-4, Green 1-2, Rush 0-3), Houston 12-30 (Harden 5-10, Ariza 3-8, Thornton 2-6, Brewer 1-1, Beverley 1-1, Lawson 0-1, Motiejunas 0-1, Jones 0-2). ReboundsGolden State 54 (Bogut, Green 11), Houston 42 (Howard 13). AssistsGolden State 35 (Green 16), Houston 21 (Howard, Harden 5). FoulsGolden State 20, Houston 22. TechnicalsLivingston. Flagrant Fouls—Harden. A18,313 (18,023).

Bucks 120, Pacers 116

MILWAUKEE (120): Antetokounmpo 4-11 6-10 14, Parker 7-10 0-0 14, Monroe 10-12 3-4 23, Carter-Williams 4-9 3-6 11, Middleton 12-18 5-6 33, Henson 2-4 0-2 4, Mayo 1-5 5-5 7, Bayless 5-8 2-2 14, Vaughn 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 45-77 24-35 120.

INDIANA (116): Miles 7-16 0-0 19, George 8-13 10-11 31, Allen 7-8 0-0 14, G.Hill 6-14 0-0 15, Ellis 5-9 3-4 13, Stuckey 3-9 2-3 8, Turner 2-6 4-6 8, S.Hill 1-4 2-2 4, Budinger 1-2 0-0 2, Whittington 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 41-82 21-26 116.

Milwaukee 33 26 30 31— 120

Indiana 24 28 25 39— 116

3sMilwaukee 6-14 (Middleton 4-6, Bayless 2-4, Mayo 0-2, Antetokounmpo 0-2), Indiana 13-30 (George 5-9, Miles 5-10, G.Hill 3-6, Budinger 0-1, Stuckey 0-1, Ellis 0-3). Fouled OutGeorge. ReboundsMilwaukee 42 (Carter-Williams 7), Indiana 47 (Turner 9). AssistsMilwaukee 18 (Carter-Williams 8), Indiana 27 (Ellis 7). FoulsMilwaukee 25, Indiana 25. TechnicalsMiddleton, Monroe, Ellis. A16,348 (18,165).

Pistons 115, Timberwolves 90

MINNESOTA (90): Prince 0-3 0-0 0, Dieng 3-5 0-0 6, Towns 10-17 2-2 22, Rubio 3-11 3-3 9, Wiggins 8-19 4-4 21, Bjelica 2-6 0-0 5, Muhammad 5-7 4-6 15, Jones 2-5 0-0 5, LaVine 1-8 2-4 4, Rudez 1-5 0-0 3. Totals 35-86 15-19 90.

DETROIT (115): Morris 1-5 6-6 8, Ilyasova 3-6 1-2 10, Drummond 11-14 1-7 23, Jackson 8-14 1-1 19, Caldwell-Pope 7-17 6-7 22, Johnson 2-9 0-0 5, Jennings 3-9 0-1 7, Baynes 1-4 0-0 2, Tolliver 5-7 0-0 15, Hilliard 0-1 4-4 4, Anthony 0-0 0-0 0, Bullock 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-86 19-28 115.

Minnesota 22 15 33 20— 90

Detroit 15 30 33 37— 115

3sMinnesota 5-14 (Jones 1-1, Bjelica 1-2, Muhammad 1-2, Rudez 1-3, Wiggins 1-3, Towns 0-1, Rubio 0-1, LaVine 0-1), Detroit 14-35 (Tolliver 5-7, Ilyasova 3-3, Jackson 2-4, Caldwell-Pope 2-9, Johnson 1-3, Jennings 1-6, Morris 0-3). ReboundsMinnesota 46 (Towns 9), Detroit 63 (Drummond 18). AssistsMinnesota 22 (Rubio 8), Detroit 24 (Jackson 9). FoulsMinnesota 24, Detroit 16. TechnicalsDetroit defensive three second. A15,475 (22,076).

Clippers 95, Pelicans 89

L.A. CLIPPERS (95): Mbah a Moute 2-6 0-1 4, Pierce 1-6 2-2 5, Jordan 5-7 1-2 11, Paul 3-18 3-4 9, Redick 9-15 4-4 26, Johnson 3-10 0-0 7, Crawford 5-12 4-5 15, Prigioni 2-4 0-0 5, Rivers 3-9 1-1 9, Aldrich 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 35-90 15-19 95.

NEW ORLEANS (89): Gee 0-2 0-0 0, Davis 7-17 0-2 14, Asik 2-2 0-0 4, Evans 5-13 3-5 14, Gordon 3-10 2-2 10, Cole 6-14 1-2 15, Holiday 4-8 2-2 11, Anderson 7-11 2-2 17, Ajinca 2-3 0-0 4, Cunningham 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 36-82 10-15 89.

L.A. Clippers 20 30 21 24— 95

New Orleans 25 23 15 26— 89

3sL.A. Clippers 10-34 (Redick 4-7, Rivers 2-5, Prigioni 1-2, Pierce 1-3, Crawford 1-5, Johnson 1-7, Mbah a Moute 0-1, Paul 0-4), New Orleans 7-25 (Gordon 2-4, Cole 2-5, Holiday 1-2, Anderson 1-3, Evans 1-7, Cunningham 0-2, Davis 0-2). ReboundsL.A. Clippers 54 (Jordan 20), New Orleans 56 (Davis 15). AssistsL.A. Clippers 24 (Paul 12), New Orleans 21 (Evans 9). FoulsL.A. Clippers 14, New Orleans 22. A16,920 (16,867).

Thunder 110, Suns 106

PHOENIX (106): Warren 11-17 4-4 29, Tucker 10-14 0-0 22, Chandler 6-9 1-2 13, Knight 6-20 3-3 15, Booker 4-11 4-4 12, Teletovic 6-11 0-0 15, Len 0-0 0-0 0, Cotton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-82 12-13 106.

OKLAHOMA CITY (110): Durant 9-21 3-5 23, Ibaka 4-8 0-0 9, Adams 2-4 2-2 6, Westbrook 12-19 11-11 36, Roberson 2-3 0-0 5, Waiters 3-6 0-0 6, Kanter 2-3 2-4 6, Collison 0-0 0-0 0, Payne 3-7 0-0 7, Morrow 2-4 1-2 5, Singler 3-5 0-0 7. Totals 42-80 19-24 110.

Phoenix 26 27 27 26— 106

Oklahoma City 28 26 33 23— 110

3sPhoenix 8-20 (Warren 3-5, Teletovic 3-7, Tucker 2-4, Booker 0-1, Knight 0-3), Oklahoma City 7-21 (Durant 2-8, Singler 1-1, Payne 1-2, Ibaka 1-2, Roberson 1-2, Westbrook 1-3, Morrow 0-1, Waiters 0-2). ReboundsPhoenix 40 (Chandler 10), Oklahoma City 43 (Adams 8). AssistsPhoenix 24 (Knight 6), Oklahoma City 29 (Westbrook 12). FoulsPhoenix 24, Oklahoma City 14. TechnicalsChandler, Adams, Durant. A18,203 (18,203).

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