Warriors run riot with 45-point win
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The Golden State Warriors improved their league-leading record to 24-4 with an emphatic 135-90 triumph over the Portland Trail Blazers in Oakland, California, yesterday morning (Singapore time).
The 45-point margin of victory was the Warriors' biggest of the season, surpassing their 149-106 drubbing of the Lakers on Nov 23.
Kevin Durant scored 13 of his 34 points in the first quarter as the Warriors jumped to an early lead.
Their flying start clearly deflated the Blazers, and Durant said after the match: "It could go two ways.
"They could come out with a lot of energy and try to gain confidence. Or we could come out and hit them early and it could go downhill (for them) after that."
Reserve Ian Clark added 23 points, Stephen Curry chipped in with 19 and Klay Thompson scored 16 as Draymond Green contributed a double-double of 13 assists and 12 rebounds.
A day after scoring a record 24 three-pointers against New Orleans, the Houston Rockets rallied to notch their 10th straight victory, 111-109 in overtime over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
James Harden scored 10 of his 28 points in the extra period, handing out 13 assists and nine rebounds - one shy of a second triple-double in as many nights.
Forward Ryan Anderson scored 28 points and Eric Gordon provided his familiar spark off the bench with 20 as the Rockets erased a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit.
At the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, the rested Cavaliers found strength in the fourth quarter to overcome the pesky Los Angeles Lakers for a 119-108 victory.- WIRE SERVICES
- Oklahoma City Thunder 114 Phoenix Suns 101
- Detroit Pistons 90 Indiana Pacers 105
- Atlanta Hawks 99 Charlotte Hornets 107
- Denver Nuggets 127 New York Knicks 114.