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NBA game roundup: Curry scores 40 in Warriors’ win

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MIAMI — Point guard Stephen Curry scored a season-high 40 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 114-97 victory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.

It was Curry’s fourth 30-plus-point game this season. His eight 3-pointers — out of 11 attempted — represented a season high. He also had a game-high seven assists and three steals.

The Warriors trailed by 16 points in the second quarter but rallied to win their sixth consecutive game. They are 11-2 overall — just a half-game behind the Toronto Raptors and Memphis Grizzlies for the best record in the NBA.

At 6-1, the Warriors tied the Houston Rockets for the best road record in the league.

Guard Klay Thompson added 24 points as the Warriors put together a 14-0 run late in the fourth quarter.

Forward Chris Bosh had 26 points and nine rebounds to lead the Heat, who are 8-7 overall but just 4-5 at home.

Bucks 98, Pistons 86

MILWAUKEE — Point guard Brandon Knight scored 20 and shooting guard O.J. Mayo had 17 as Milwaukee snapped a two-game losing streak.

Moved into the starting lineup for the first time this season, Mayo made 5 of 10 shots from the field and accounted for three of Milwaukee’s 10 3-pointers. The Bucks shot 43 percent from the field and also got double-digit scoring efforts from rookie forward Jabari Parker (14), forward Ersan Ilyasova (13) and center Larry Sanders, who scored 12 and grabbed five rebounds.

Center Andre Drummond led the Pistons with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Kings 99, Pelicans 89

NEW ORLEANS — Forward Omri Casspi, playing for injured starter Rudy Gay, scored 14 of his team-high 22 points in the second half and center DeMarcus Cousins added 22 points and 13 rebounds to lift Sacramento.

Sacramento (9-5) is off to its best start since getting out of the gate 13-5 in 2004-05.

Guard Tyreke Evans had 22 points for New Orleans, and forward Ryan Anderson added 20 points off the bench.

Kings coach Michael Malone was ejected in the first half after being called for two technicals for arguing a call.

Hawks 106, Wizards 102

WASHINGTON — Guard Jeff Teague scored 28 points and a 22-5 fourth quarter run propelled Atlanta.

Reserve forward Mike Scott had 17 points and combined with guard Shelvin Mack for Atlanta’s first 16 points in the fourth quarter. The bench pair sparked the final-period push as Atlanta (7-5) turned a tight game into a 92-78 lead with 4:03 remaining. All but five points in that stretch were scored by Scott or Mack, who had a season-high 13 points.

Guard John Wall scored 21 points for the Wizards (9-4), who had won two straight and five of six before Tuesday.

Nuggets 114, Bulls 109

DENVER — Guard Ty Lawson had 20 points and 12 assists as Denver won its fifth game in a row.

The Bulls, down two frontcourt players — Joakim Noah (knee) and Taj Gibson (ankle) — to start the game, lost guard Derrick Rose to left hamstring tightness in the first half.

Guard Arron Afflalo added 19 points for the Nuggets, who are 7-7 after a 1-6 start to the season.

Guard Jimmy Butler scored 32 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and forward Pau Gasol contributed 22 points and 11 rebounds for a battered Chicago team.

Up to the minute news and reports from the news wire of The Sports Xchange.

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