Bulls, Wizards and Raptors all win on a successful night for the leaders in the East…
The Golden State Warriors extended their winning streak to 16 games but it took a huge effort on Sunday night on the road at the New Orleans Pelicans.
Stephen Curry had 34 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the game, with eight of his points coming in overtime as the Warriors continue to find a way to grind out wins.
“It was just a tough game to win. [The Pelicans] were playing well and hitting shots,” Curry said. “Obviously we had enough in the tank at the end to finish it up.”
Klay Thompson added 29 points while Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston had key contributions for the visitors who move to 21-2 for the season and have now notched up a club-record 10 straight road victories.
However, despite the absence of Anthony Davis, the Pelicans gave as good as they got on the night with Tyreke Evans (34 points), Jrue Holiday (30 points, nine assists and five steals) produced big performances for the hosts.
Elsewhere, the Chicago Bulls were able to put away the Miami Heat in a battle between two old foes, although the intensity of the clash was lacking with LeBron James no longer involved and Joakim Noah and Chris Bosh out injured.
Mike Dunleavy had a huge third quarter and finished with a game-high 22 points, but despite the Bulls having their lowest scoring game since November 21, they still won easily.
It was another shared effort across the roster with Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson all getting into double figures for scoring, while the Heat struggled on offense for large parts with Dwyane Wade leading them with 17 points.
The Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors were also winners on Sunday against the Utah Jazz and New York Knicks respectively, while the Oklahoma City Thunder continued their pursuit of the playoff spots in the West with a key win over the Phoenix Suns.
The San Antonio Spurs bounced back with a win on the road in Denver, but history was made in Minnesota as Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan on the NBA’s all-time scoring list as his 26 points also helped the Los Angeles Lakers to a win over the Timberwolves.
Golden State Warriors 128-122 New Orleans Pelicans
Chicago Bulls 93-75 Miami Heat
Utah Jazz 84-93 Washington Wizards
Los Angeles Lakers 100-94 Minnesota Timberwolves
Phoenix Suns 88-112 Oklahoma City Thunder
Toronto Raptors 95-90 New York Knicks
San Antonio Spurs 99-91 Denver Nuggets