NBA roundup: Warriors win big in Cousins' debut
Stephen Curry scored 28 points and DeMarcus Cousins added 14 in his Golden State debut as the visiting Warriors extended their winning streak to seven games with a 112-94 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.
Cousins, who missed nearly a year of action because of an Achilles injury,
fouled out in just 15 minutes of court time. He shot 5 of 11 from the field,
including 3 of 4 from 3-point range, while adding six rebounds.
Kevin Durant added 24 points for the Warriors. Tobias Harris scored 28 points
and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 24 for the Clippers, who dropped their fifth
Celtics 122, Grizzlies 116
Kyrie Irving stalled a rally with two consecutive jumpers and later added a
game-clinching 3-pointer to cap a 38-point effort as host Boston held on to
Marcus Smart and Al Horford also hit key late hoops to finish off high-scoring
nights in helping the Celtics win their second straight and complete a
two-game, season-series sweep of the Grizzlies.
Mike Conley had 26 points to pace the Grizzlies, who lost their fourth
Spurs 116, Timberwolves 113
Marco Belinelli canned two crucial free throws with 4.2 seconds left to play,
and LaMarcus Aldridge poured in 25 points as San Antonio outlasted Minnesota
in Minneapolis in a game featuring 27 lead changes and 17 ties through the
middle of the fourth quarter.
Gay scored 22 points for the Spurs, while Belinelli had 19 points, Derrick
White added 15, and Davis Bertans and Bryn Forbes poured in 11 and 10 points,
respectively, for San Antonio, which has won two straight.
Karl-Anthony Towns and Rose led the Timberwolves with 23 points each. Wiggins
tallied 17 points, while Teague had 15, Taj Gibson scored 14 points and
grabbed 11 rebounds, and Josh Okogie contributed 10 points for Minnesota.
Trail Blazers 128, Pelicans 112
Damian Lillard scored 24 points while CJ McCollum and Jake Layman added 20
apiece as Portland downed visiting New Orleans.
Jusuf Nurkic contributed 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who
extended their home winning streak to six games. Al-Farouq Aminu scored 15
points and Maurice Harkless had 12 for Portland.
Anthony Davis scored 27 points, Jrue Holiday chipped in 20 points and Julius
Randle collected 19 points and nine rebounds for the Pelicans, who fell to
6-19 on the road this season. New Orleans has lost three of four overall.
Pistons 98, Heat 93
Blake Griffin collected 32 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, and Detroit
overcame the early departure of Andre Drummond to edge visiting Miami.
Luke Kennard scored 22 points off the bench and Reggie Bullock had 19 for the
Pistons. Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 20 points and eight assists off the
bench. Tyler Johnson contributed 16 points and Justise Winslow added 15 with
Miami guard Josh Richardson missed the game due to an illness. The Pistons
lost two key players in the opening half. Drummond, the league's top
rebounder, sustained a nasal injury when he was struck by a James Johnson
elbow. Ish Smith departed shortly after entering the game due to groin
Nets 117, Magic 115
D'Angelo Russell scored a season-high 40 points to lead visiting Brooklyn to a
comeback win over Orlando.
Spencer Dinwiddie added 20 points for the Nets, who have a winning record for
the first time this season, 24-23. Brooklyn, which trailed by 21 points in the
second quarter Friday, was 10 games below .500 through Dec. 5 but has gone
Aaron Gordon led the Magic with 23 points, but he exited the game in the
fourth quarter with lower back tightness and did not return. Nikola Vucevic
had 16 points and 17 rebounds.
Jazz 115, Cavaliers 99
Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points as Utah rolled to an easy victory over
Cleveland in Salt Lake City.
Rudy Gobert added 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting and collected 15 rebounds as
Utah extended its season-best winning streak to six games. Royce O'Neale had
16 points and 11 rebounds, Derrick Favors had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and
Jae Crowder scored 11 points for the Jazz.
Ante Zizic contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers, and Collin
Sexton also had 15 points.
--Field Level Media