Knicks end seven-game losing streak with win over Nuggets at MSG…
With four games on the NBA schedule on Sunday, the Golden State Warriors ended the night with a rout of the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.
Stephen Curry had 30 points and 15 assists on the night as the Warriors cruised to a victory despite 44 points from Kobe Bryant, who was unable to prevent the Lakers slipping to a 1-9 start to the season.
Marreese Speights added 24 points while Andrew Bogut had 15 points and 10 rebounds as they helped the Warriors improve to 8-2 in Steve Kerr’s first season in charge.
Bryant conceded that his intent when starting games is to get everyone involved, but when the team falls so far behind so quickly, he believes the responsibility is on his shoulders to keep them in the game.
However, he was unable to cut their deficit to any less than 14 points as the Lakers’ struggles continue while the Warriors look to remain in the group of teams at the top of the Western Conference.
The Houston Rockets join them there after an ugly low-scoring win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, with James Harden leading the way against his old team with 19 points and nine rebounds.
The last time a team won with 69 or fewer points was in 2005, with both teams shooting below 30 percent from the field which happened last back in 2003.
Nevertheless, Houston escaped with the win and will now prepare to face the Memphis Grizzlies for a match-up between the 9-1 teams that share the league’s best record.
Over in the Eastern Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks stunned the Miami Heat at home with Brandon Knight scoring 20 points as he helped his team to a first win over Miami in 10 games.
The Heat slip to 5-5 for the season after a promising start, but with Dwyane Wade out again with a hamstring strain, they have now lost three in a row.
In contrast, the New York Knicks ended their losing streak with Carmelo Anthony leading the charge with 28 points and nine rebounds against a poor Denver Nuggets team.
An embarrassing second quarter during which the visitors only managed eight points gave the Knicks a significant lead heading into the half-time break, and they held off a momentary Denver comeback to move to 3-8.
Denver Nuggets 93-109 New York Knicks
Milwaukee Bucks 91-84 Miami Heat
Houston Rockets 69-65 Oklahoma City Thunder
Golden State Warriors 136-115 Los Angeles Lakers