Hawks defeat Pistons to extend their winning streak and end Detroit’s at 7…
The Golden State Warriors continued their dominant ways this season with a comfortable home win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.
Stephen Curry had 23 points along with 10 assists while Klay Thompson added 24 points as all five starters scored in double figures with Draymond Green also impressing after finishing just shy of a triple-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.
The Warriors completed a perfect six-game homestand to improve to 29-5 for the season after winning 14 in a row and 16 of 17 at the Oracle Arena while the Cavaliers slipped to another defeat which leaves them at 19-18.
Cleveland is 1-6 since LeBron James was sidelined with back and knee strains and while he is expected to miss another two games, JR Smith stepped up with 27 points to show some positive signs of settling.
The San Antonio Spurs also won on Friday after rallying in the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns to score a season-high 41 points as they recovered from surrendering a 14-point lead.
Danny Green had 20 points as the Big Three sat on the bench in the closing stages, and the win ensured that the seventh-placed Spurs moved a game ahead of the Suns in eighth in the Western Conference.
Over in the Eastern Conference, the Atlanta Hawks extended their winning streak to seven games while the Detroit Pistons saw their own streak end at seven after defeat at home.
Al Horford had 19 points and 16 rebounds but the Hawks were made to hold off a spirited Pistons comeback in the second half in order to secure their 21st win in their past 23 games.
Elsewhere, the Chicago Bulls slipped to their second consecutive defeat to fall to 25-12 for the season as they were comfortably beaten by the Washington Wizards.
Marcin Gortat had 21 points and 13 rebounds on the night as John Wall beat Derrick Rose for the first time in his career as he added 16 points and 12 assists.
Chicago saw their shooting woes continue early on as they missed 20 of their first 24 shots and coach Tom Thibodeau conceded that he is concerned with the way the team is playing. However, he remains confident that the players will be able to get themselves out of their slump.
Boston Celtics 103-107 Indiana Pacers
Philadelphia 76ers 90-88 Brooklyn Nets
Atlanta Hawks 106-103 Detroit Pistons
Memphis Grizzlies 95-106 New Orleans Pelicans
Utah Jazz 94-99 Oklahoma City Thunder
Chicago Bulls 86-102 Washington Wizards
Minnesota Timberwolves 84-98 Milwaukee Bucks
Phoenix Suns 95-100 San Antonio Spurs
Denver Nuggets 118-108 Sacramento Kings
Cleveland Cavaliers 94-112 Golden State Warriors
Orlando Magic 84-101 Los Angeles Lakers