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    Steph Curry shows no sign of ankle injury as Warriors down Nets

    Mar 7, 2018
    Golden State guard Steph Curry plays 34 minutes, going 12 for 20. AP

    OAKLAND, California — Stephen Curry scored 34 points with six 3-pointers, and the Golden State Warriors won their sixth straight since the All-Star break by beating the Brooklyn Nets, 114-101, on Tuesday night (Wednesday, Manila time).

    Kevin Durant added 19 points and six rebounds for the defending champions, who are still trying to put together four steady quarters.

    D'Angelo Russell had 22 points for the Nets, who hung tough through three quarters but couldn't last. They lost by three points at the Clippers on Sunday.

    Curry sure didn't seem to be slowed down a bit after the two-time MVP tweaked his troublesome right ankle Friday at Atlanta. He was fine at practice Monday after two days off.

    Curry scored 11 straight points during a 25-0 run that turned a 14-10 deficit into a 35-14 lead late in the opening quarter.

    The Nets came roaring back in a cold, 13-point second quarter by Golden State and took a 53-48 lead into halftime. The Warriors shot 6 for 18 in the second.

    Draymond Green's 3-pointer from the top with 9:43 to play put the Warriors up 93-81. Green wound up with 16 points, nine assists and five rebounds while committing six turnovers.

    Klay Thompson struggled to find his shooting touch early, scoring 18 points and finally making his first 3-pointer with 3:55 to play. He dished out five assists.

    Thompson needs two more 3-pointers to reach 200 or more 3s for the sixth straight time, which would tie Curry for an NBA record of most such seasons with 200 or more 3s — and also for doing it in successive years. Ray Allen has the second-most seasons with 200-plus 3s in NBA history at five.

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    Warriors rookie forward Jordan Bell landed awkwardly on his right ankle and sprained it trying to block a shot by Russell with 8.4 seconds left in the third and hobbled to the bench, grimacing in pain. He was scheduled for X-rays.

    Bell, who scored five early points, had just made a one-game appearance with Santa Cruz in the G League. He recently missed 14 games with a left ankle injury.

    Curry became the seventh player in Warriors history to make 5,000 career field goals. The others: Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry, Chris Mullin, Paul Arizin, Jeff Mullins and Nate Thurmond.

    CENTER SCENARIOS

    JaVale McGee had 12 points and five rebounds making his sixth straight start in place of Zaza Pachulia and the Warriors improved to 10-0 this season in games when he's out for the opening tipoff.

    Coach Steve Kerr made the change but isn't committing for the long haul.

    "Nothing is set in stone at that position," he said. "JaVale has done a good job. We kind of played center by committee here for a while now and there is no telling how the rotations will work. It's based on matchups and based on how things are going, but I will definitely lean on all those guys at some point."

    Kerr has liked Pachulia's production off the bench yet will continue to go with rotations based on matchups.

    TIP-INS

    Nets: Brooklyn allowed Golden State to score 28 points off the Nets' 16 turnovers. ... After making 19 of 45 3-pointers — going 8 for 15 in the fourth quarter — while squandering a 118-110 lead with 3:11 left to the Clippers, the Nets struggled from deep this time at 9 for 34. ... Jahlil Okafor, who was available Sunday but didn't play after missing five games with the flu, again didn't see action.

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    Warriors: David West missed the game with a cyst in his right arm. ... Andre Iguodala went over 13,000 points for his career. ... Golden State won a sixth straight vs. Brooklyn and also sixth consecutive at Oracle. ... The Warriors are 23-3 against the Eastern Conference, including 10-2 at home.

    UP NEXT

    Nets: At Charlotte on Thursday.

    Warriors: Host Spurs on Thursday, going for a fourth straight win against San Antonio after 122-105 home victory Feb. 10.

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    Golden State guard Steph Curry plays 34 minutes, going 12 for 20. AP
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