NBA: Curry makes scorching return, leads Warriors over Grizzlies

Published December 31, 2017, 7:17 AM

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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots against Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyreke Evans (12). The Warriors won 141-128. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots against Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyreke Evans (12). The Warriors won 141-128. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Stephen Curry made a sensational return from injury by scoring 38 points with a season-high 10 3-pointers, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies 141-128 on Saturday night.

Curry shot 13 for 17 and 10 of 13 from deep in 26 minutes for his ninth 30-point game this season after missing 11 games with a sprained right ankle. His mere presence brought energy to the Warriors and all of Oracle Arena, and he spent much of the fourth quarter pacing and gesturing in delight while cheering his teammates with a towel draped over his head.

Kevin Durant added 20 points, nine assists and five rebounds, and Klay Thompson scored 21 points as the Warriors wrapped up nearly three weeks at home in California. Zaza Pachulia scored a season-best 17 points and also had eight rebounds and six assists.

Marc Gasol led six Memphis players in double figures with 27 points on 10-for-13 shooting.

JAZZ 104, CAVALIERS 101

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Jeff Green (32) attempts a shot under Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks (10). (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Jeff Green (32) attempts a shot under Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks (10). (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)
SALT LAKE CITY – Donovan Mitchell scored 29 points, and Utah handed LeBron James and Cleveland their third straight defeat.

James had 29 points, eight rebounds and six assists on his 33rd birthday as Cleveland lost at Utah for the sixth straight time. The Cavs’ three-game losing streak is their second this season.

PISTONS 93, SPURS 79
DETROIT – Andre Drummond had 14 points and 21 rebounds, and Detroit held San Antonio to its lowest point total of the season.

Playing without starting guards Reggie Jackson (right ankle sprain) and Avery Bradley (sore right groin), the Pistons defended gamely and never trailed. Reggie Bullock scored 22 points for Detroit and rookie Luke Kennard added 20 — both were career highs.

76ERS 107, NUGGETS 102
DENVER – Dario Saric had 20 points and nine rebounds and keyed a second-half run to lead the Philadelphia over Denver.

JJ Redick had 18 points, Robert Covington had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Jarrod Bayless scored 14 points for the 76ers.

KNICKS 105, PELICANS 103

New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives against New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23)  (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives against New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

NEW ORLEANS – Kristaps Porzingis scored 30 points, Jarrett Jack made two free throws to break a tie with 9 seconds remaining and New York beat New Orleans.

Jack finished with 15 points, and Michael Beasley scored 15 off the bench for the Knicks, who snapped a season-worst four-game losing streak.

HEAT 117, MAGIC 111
ORLANDO, Fla. – Tyler Johnson scored 22 points in the third quarter and Goran Dragic had 14 in the fourth to help Miami overcome an 18-point deficit and beat Orlando.

Johnson finished with a season-high 31 points, and Dragic had 25 points and eight assists.

HAWKS 104, TRAIL BLAZERS 89
ATLANTA – Dennis Schroder scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half, Marco Belinelli added 14 points and Atlanta beat Portland.

Shabazz Napier finished with 21 points and CJ McCollum had 18 for Portland, which was coming off arguably its best win of the season, rallying Thursday from 18 down in the third quarter to beat Philadelphia. (The Associated Press)

 
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