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Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry scored 40 points on Tuesday night to help his team to a road win over the Miami Heat.
Curry scored 40 points on 11-of-18 shooting which included eight three-pointers as he put his shooting slump behind him to produce a stunning performance.
“You just feel a rhythm,” said Curry.
“I had guys set some great screens early to kind of get me going. You start finding shots and it feels good. Even the ones I missed terribly felt good, which is pretty funny.”
Klay Thompson added 24 points while Chris Bosh (26) and Luol Deng (16) tried to deny the visitors the win, but it was in vain as the Warriors improve to 11-2 for the season while the Heat fall to 8-7.
In a battle between two Eastern Conference rivals, the Atlanta Hawks prevailed over the Washington Wizards in the capital behind a 28-point performance from Jeff Teague.
It was a sixth win in their last eight games for Atlanta, with reserves Mike Scott and Shelvin Mack scoring 16 straight Hawks points at one stage to lead the charge to the win.
Paul Millsap added 17 points and 11 rebounds as the absence of Nene left Marcin Gortat a bigger load to carry on the boards, while John Wall tried to lead a response for the hosts with 21 points and 13 assists.
Over in the West, the Denver Nuggets beat the Chicago Bulls but the real headline-maker was Derrick Rose’s decision to come out of the game after just 10 minutes as he continues to struggle with a hamstring strain.
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said he didn’t want to take a chance as Rose felt tightness in his hamstring, while the point guard himself reiterated that he was just trying to be smart.
Jimmy Butler scored 32 points with Pau Gasol adding 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Bulls were also without Joakim Noah, but it wasn’t enough to avoid an eighth straight loss in Denver with the Nuggets claiming their fifth consecutive win to climb back to 7-7 for the season.
Atlanta Hawks 106-102 Washington Wizards
Golden State Warriors 114-97 Miami Heat
Detroit Pistons 86-98 Milwaukee Bucks
Sacramento Kings 99-89 New Orleans Pelicans
Chicago Bulls 109-114 Denver Nuggets