NBA wrap: Curry drops 51 in Warriors win

Stephen Curry dropped a massive 51 points as the Golden State Warriors won their eighth successive game in Thursday’s 134-121 win over the Washington Wizards.

In what proved to be an exciting, high-scoring encounter, the reigning NBA champions took the lead early on and opened up a 15-point advantage in the first quarter. The remainder of the match was an evenly-contested affair with the Wizards actually outscoring their prolific opponents in the second and third quarters thanks largely to John Hall’s 41 points and 10 assists.

LeBron James’ 23 points, six assists and six rebounds weren’t enough to inspire the Cleveland Cavaliers, who were beaten 106-97 by the Charlotte Hornets. Jeremy Lin scored 24 points and assisted on eight occasions for the Hornets.

The Atlanta Hawks were far too good for the struggling Philadelphia 76ers, winning 124-86 after Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 13 points for the visitors.

Andre Drummond scored a double-double but the Detroit Pistons were still handed a 102-95 defeat by the Boston Celtics.

The Indiana Pacers beat the Brooklyn Nets 114-100, with CJ Miles dropping 27 points for the visitors. Joe Johnson was the best performer for the New York City side, dropping 20 points and assisting nine times.

Oklahoma City Thunder claimed a narrow 117-114 win over Orlando Magic, after Russell Westbook’s triple-double. The OKC point guard scored 24 points, dragged down 19 rebounds and assisted 14 times, while Magic’s Victor Oladipo scored 37 points for the Orlando-based outfit.

Miami Heat, meanwhile, edged out the Mavericks 93-90, despite Dirk Nowitzki’s 28 points for Dallas.

LaMarcus Aldridge dropped  36 points for the San Antonio Spurs in their 110-97 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Anthony Davis scored a 28-point, 10-rebound double-double in a losing cause.

A Derrick Favours double-double inspired the Utah Jazz to a 85-81 win over the Denver Nuggets, while DeAndre Jordan’s double-double wasn’t enough for the LA Clippers, who went down 108-102 to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Andrew Wiggins dropped 31 points for the Timberwolves.

The Chicago Bulls beat the Sacramento Kings 107-102, with E’Twaun Moore scoring 24 points. DeMarcus Cousins scored 30 points and dragged down 11 rebounds for the Kings, but his performance wasn’t enough to overturn the nine-point deficit they faced at the end of the first quarter.