Cavs fall again while there were wins for the Bulls, Spurs and Raptors…
The Golden State Warriors secured a comprehensive win over rivals the Los Angeles Clippers at the ORACLE Arena on Wednesday night.
Stephen Curry had 28 points and seven assists while Draymond Green added a career-high 24 points to go with eight rebounds and five assists as the Warriors moved to 4-0 for the season and remain one of three unbeaten teams in the league.
Jamal Crawford scored 24 points for the visitors while DeAndre Jordan added 17 points and 13 rebounds, but they couldn’t prevent the Clippers from slipping to 3-2 in what has been an indifferent and shaky start to the year for Doc Rivers’ men.
In contrast, Golden State extend their best start in 20 years under new coach Steve Kerr and Curry insisted that they have “got to be able to enjoy it”.
Elsewhere, the Cleveland Cavaliers fell to 1-3 for the season after another loss on the road against a Western Conference rival in the form of the Utah Jazz.
LeBron James scored 31 points, but it was Gordon Hayward who stole the show with his step-back, game-winning, buzzer-beating jumper to stun the visitors.
Hayward ended the game with 21 points and started the key play by breaking free of James from an inbounds pass before faking a move to the basket, stepping back, and swishing a 21-foot jump shot as the horn sounded.
Derrick Favors had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz, while Kyrie Irving (34 points but no assists) and Kevin Love (14 points) failed to avoid another defeat.
The Chicago Bulls had a few less problems against the Milwaukee Bucks, although point guard Derrick Rose tweaked his injured ankles in the win.
Rose finished with 13 points and seven assists in 31 minutes, but it was job done as far as the Bulls were concerned as they picked up another win ahead of travelling to Philadelphia to face the 76ers on Friday.
Defending champions the San Antonio Spurs also won on Wednesday night to move to 2-1 after getting the better of the Atlanta Hawks.
It was a 17th straight win at home for the Spurs over the Eastern Conference outfit, with Tim Duncan leading the way with 17 points and 13 rebounds in what was a closely fought contest.
Miami Heat 89-96 Charlotte Hornets
Orlando Magic 91-89 Philadelphia 7e6rs
Toronto Raptors 110-107 Boston Celtics
Minnesota Timberwolves 98-91 Brooklyn Nets
New York Knicks 95-98 Detroit Pistons
Chicago Bulls 95-86 Milwaukee Bucks
Indiana Pacers 94-96 Washington Wizards
Atlanta Hawks 92-94 San Antonio Spurs
Memphis Grizzlies 102-91 Phoenix Suns
Cleveland Cavaliers 100-102 Utah Jazz
Denver Nuggets 109-131 Sacramento Kings
Los Angeles Clippers 104-121 Golden State Warriors