OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – Stephen Curry sliced himself a piece of red velvet birthday cake in the locker room and had a quick sample, then assured everybody he has no plans of slowing down in his late 20s.
Curry had 27 points, five rebounds and five assists on his 28th birthday, and the Golden State Warriors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 125-107 on Monday night for their record 49th straight regular-season home victory.
“I hope to keep getting better, that’s the mission, and I’ll never be satisfied with where I’m at,” Curry said. “I always want to find different ways to improve. I guess I’m officially in my prime, but we’ll see how far this thing can go.”
Draymond Green added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors (60-6), who are 31-0 at Oracle Arena this season.
With 16 games to go, they remain one game ahead of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ pace in their record 72-win season.
“Sixty and 6 sounds good,” Curry said. “It’s a big accomplishment.”
Birthday songs, MVP chants, and a serenade and piece of cake from his toddler daughter, Riley, made it a great day for Curry — all after his fifth Western Conference Player of the Week award this season and second in two weeks. He shot 4-for-9 from 3-point range and 10 of 16 overall.
Anthony Davis had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Pelicans.
Klay Thompson added 18 points for Golden State, which swept the teams’ first-round playoff series last year 4-0.
The Warriors clinched the Pacific Division during their off day Sunday, giving the franchise back-to-back Pacific titles for the first time since the 1974-75 and 1975-76 seasons.
“It’s so rare in the NBA, in your first coaching job, to inherit a great team. They had already won 50-plus before I even got here,” coach Steve Kerr said. “I’m pretty lucky to coach these guys.”
New Orleans opened the season at Oracle Arena on Oct. 27 and Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry received his championship ring after serving as Warriors associate head coach last season as the franchise captured its first title in 40 years.
The teams played twice in five days to start the season.
“No one plays like those guys,” said Gentry, who stopped to see Curry afterward and was gifted with two autographed hats. “All of a sudden the flood gates open and that’s what they’re capable of doing.”
Golden State trailed 40-38 with 7:18 before halftime, then went on a 19-6 run late in the second quarter for a 59-50 lead at the break. Marreese Speights had 14 points and seven rebounds, and Anderson Varejao scored seven during the second quarter in a 55-point night by the reserves.
Thunder 128, Blazers 94
In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook had 17 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds in his 12th triple-double of the season as the Thunder routed Portland.
Damian Lillard scored 21 points and C.J. McCollum added 15 for the Trail Blazers.
Mavericks 107, Hornets 96
In Charlotte, Chandler Parsons had 24 points and nine rebounds as Dallas ended the Hornets’ season-high, seven-game winning streak.
Bulls 109, Raptors 107
In Toronto, reserve Doug McDermott scored 29 points to lead Chicago to its ninth straight win over the Raptors.
Kyle Lowry had 33 points and 11 rebounds for Toronto, which also got 27 points from DeMar DeRozan.
Rockets 130, Grizzlies 81
In Houston, Donatas Motiejunas scored 18 points and Trevor Ariza 16 as the Rockets coasted to their most lopsided win of the season.
Heat 124, Nuggets 119
In Miami, Justise Winslow scored 20 points and fellow rookie Josh Richardson added 17 as the Heat held off Denver.
The Nuggets’ Kenneth Faried matched the best single-game shooting effort in the NBA this season, going 11-for- 11 and finishing with 24 points and 11 rebounds.
Wizards 124, Pistons 81
In Washington, John Wall had 15 points and 12 assists as the Wizards routed Detroit to snap a five-game skid and gain ground in the playoff race.
Nene scored a season-high 20 points off the bench for Washington.
Jazz 94, Cavaliers 85
In Salt Lake City, Rodney Hood scored 28 points as Utah, playing without leading scorer Gordon Hayward, beat Cleveland.
LeBron James had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers.
Suns 107, Timberwolves 104
In Phoenix, Mirza Teletovic made a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left.