OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – Here’s an uncanny option for the defending NBA champions: 208-cm Marreese Speights spotting up from deep and getting in on the 3-point fun right alongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
“He’s auditioning for that Splash Cousin, maybe,” said Curry, who with Thompson makes up Golden State’s Splash Brothers. “He’s definitely confident out there now. We love that. It adds a new element to our lineup and our rotation when he’s able to step into those 3s and knock them down.
“We’ll keep feeding him. Definitely a crowd pleaser, and it gets us going on the bench, too.”
Curry scored 34 points in another brilliant 3-point shooting performance and the Warriors extended their record regular-season home winning streak to 50 games with a 121-85 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.
Curry shot 8-for-13 from long range and 12 of 20 from the floor overall before sitting out the fourth quarter with his team up big. The reigning MVP hit 3-pointers on three straight possessions late in the first quarter and on two in a row at the end of the third as the Warriors improved to 32-0 at Oracle Arena this season.
Thompson scored 19 points with five 3s and Speights added 13 with three 3s off the bench as Golden State (61-6) stayed one game ahead of the 1995-96 Bulls’ pace in their record 72-win season.
So, how about 50 straight home wins?
“I don’t think any of us are really thinking about numbers,” coach Steve Kerr said. “That’s one of the reasons we’re having such a good season. We’re not paying any attention to anything that doesn’t matter.”
Carmelo Anthony had 18 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Knicks.
Cavaliers 99, Mavericks 98
In Cleveland, Kyrie Irving scored 33 points and made a key steal in the closing seconds, leading the Cavaliers past Dallas.
LeBron James was given the night off by coach Tyronn Lue as part of his plans to keep Cleveland’s starters fresh for the playoffs.
Kevin Love had 23 points and 18 rebounds for the Cavs, who are 4-12 in games without James over the past two seasons.
Wizards 117, Bulls 96
In Washington, finally playing as if their chance at a playoff berth was on the line, which it is, the Wizards picked up their second consecutive lopsided victory over a team just ahead of them in the standings, beating Derrick Rose’s Chicago behind John Wall’s triple-double.
Wall, an All-Star point guard, produced 29 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, outplaying Rose, who returned after missing two games with a strained left groin and finished with 16 points and four assists.
Thunder 130, Celtics 109
In Boston, Kevin Durant had 28 points, nine assists and seven boards in just over three quarters, helping Oklahoma City cruise past the Celtics.
Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 29 points, and Tyler Zeller had 16. The Celtics lost their third straight after winning six of seven. It was their most lopsided home loss this season.
Clippers 122, Rockets 106
In Houston, DeAndre Jordan had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Los Angeles opened up a large halftime lead and never relented en route to a victory over the hosts.
Jordan finished 8 of 8 from the floor, with six dunks. Teammate Chris Paul had 15 points and 15 assists for the Clippers.
James Harden led the Rockets (34-34) with 33 points.
T-Wolves 114, Grizzlies 108
In Memphis, Zach LaVine scored 28 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 18 points and 10 rebounds as Minnesota beat the short-handed the Grizzlies.
Lance Stephenson led Memphis with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while JaMychal Green finished with 18 points.
Hornets 107, Magic 99
In Charlotte, Marvin Williams and Nicolas Batum each scored 26 points as the Hornets beat Orlando to finish their homestand with a 6-1 record.
Hawks 118, Pistons 114
In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Jeff Teague scored 22 points, including two crucial free throws with 17.9 seconds left, as Atlanta held off Detroit for its sixth win in seven games.
Al Horford scored 21 points for the Hawks.
Pelicans 123, Kings 108
In Sacramento, Anthony Davis had 27 points and 14 rebounds and Ryan Anderson scored 21 of his 29 points in the second quarter as New Orleans beat the Kings to end a four-game losing streak.