The Golden State Warriors notched a 136-97 rout of Oklahoma City thanks to Stephen Curry’s 49 points in three quarters.
The win kept the Warriors ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies in eighth place in the Western Conference.
Curry was on fire from the opening tip-off, draining five three-pointers on the way to 24 points in the first quarter and maintaining his lead over Beal in the NBA scoring race, despite the Washington star’s big night.
Curry connected on 14 of 26 shots from the field, including 11 of 21 from three-point range.
It was Curry’s fourth game this season with at least 11 three-pointers, an NBA record. Warriors coach Steve Kerr was running out of superlatives for his superstar.
“I don’t know how to describe it,” Kerr said.
The Warriors led by as many as 41 points and were up by 39 after three quarters, after which Curry and fellow Golden State starters Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green checked out, along with all of the Thunder starters.
The Grizzlies, fueled by a double-double of 18 points and 21 rebounds from Jonas Valanciunas, beat the Toronto Raptors 109-99 as the 10th-placed San Antonio Spurs fell 102-124 to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Despite the defeat, the Spurs remained two games ahead of the New Orleans Pelicans for the final play-in spot.
The Utah Jazz improved their Western Conference-leading record to 50-18 with a 124-116 victory over the Houston Rockets — who are assured of finishing among the worst three teams.
The Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia 76ers romped past already eliminated Detroit 118-104.
But the Brooklyn Nets had to battle for a 125-119 victory over the Denver Nuggets that put them half a game ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks for second in the East.
Kevin Durant’s 33 points included five free-throws for the last five points of a game in which Brooklyn trailed by 21 points in the first half and by as many as 15 in the third quarter.
Kyrie Irving added 31 points for the Nets, who snapped a four-game losing streak.
They held the Nuggets to 15 points in the fourth quarter, taking a one-point lead — their first since the opening minute — on forward Joe Harris’s basket with 6:12 to play.
Durant welcomed the “playoff intensity” of the contest.
“It’ll make us better,” he said.