Bulls get back on track with rout of Brooklyn…
The Golden State Warriors show no sign of slowing down as they cruised past the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night to make it 14 straight wins.
After a slow start, Klay Thompson scored 21 points while Stephen Curry added 20 points, seven assists and seven rebounds to power an 11-0 run in the final minutes to secure another comfortable win.
Golden State improve to an NBA-best 19-2 for the season with Steve Kerr becoming the first rookie coach to win 19 of his first 21 games.
Meanwhile, despite the on-going absence of Dwight Howard the Rockets had won four straight and seven of their last eight, but 34 points and eight rebounds from an ailing James Harden wasn’t enough to continue their impressive run.
The San Antonio Spurs were also winners on Wednesday despite Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard all missing the game.
Marco Belinelli stepped up in their absence to score a season-high 22 points and so it was a 10th straight loss for the hapless Knicks who fall to 4-20 for the season.
Over in the Eastern Conference, the Chicago Bulls got back on track with a 25-point win over the Brooklyn Nets, although the visitors were severely short-handed due to injuries.
Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson and Mirza Teletovic all sat out on Wednesday, but the Bulls made some improvements on defense as they held Brooklyn to 29 points on 26.2 percent shooting in the final two periods.
Derrick Rose scored 23 points while Chicago had six players, including all five starters, in double scoring figures in its first game since Saturday.
The Bulls improve to 13-8 for the season as they look to now string some wins together in order to put pressure on those at the top of the East.
Both the Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks picked up wins to continue their pursuit of the Toronto Raptors with John Wall (21 points, six rebounds and 11 assists), Kyle Korver (17 points) and Paul Millsap (17 points) starring as the latter won their eighth straight.
Boston Celtics 87-96 Charlotte Hornets
Los Angeles Clippers 103-96 Indiana Pacers
Washington Wizards 91-89 Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers 79-95 Atlanta Hawks
Brooklyn Nets 80-105 Chicago Bulls
Portland Trail Blazers 92-90 Minnesota Timberwolves
New Orleans Pelicans 107-112 Dallas Mavericks
New York Knicks 95-109 San Antonio Spurs
Houston Rockets 93-105 Golden State Warriors