OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry and the Golden State starters got a big boost from their bench.
Curry had 35 points, nine assists and six rebounds, and the Warriors put away the Houston Rockets in the fourth quarter of a 123-110 victory Tuesday night.
Even with a remarkable 47-4 record, Golden State is far from satisfied.
The Dallas Mavericks couldn’t have entered their extended All-Star break in much more miserable fashion.
The Mavs failed to protect a 15-point lead on Tuesday night against the Utah Jazz. They managed to give up a 3-pointer while leading by three in the final seconds of regulation. And they got beat by a Gordon Hayward buzzer-beater in overtime, the 121-119 loss marking the Mavs’ fourth defeat in five games.
“Honestly, I was just thinking, ‘How’d we lose the game?’” said Mavs center Zaza Pachulia, who switched onto Hayward on the final possession but couldn’t stop the Jazz star from hitting a tough step-back jumper. “Honest to God, did it really happen? We had so many opportunities to close the deal. We’d been controlling the game the whole night.
DALLAS -- Gordon Hayward and the Utah Jazz now have a win that coach Quin Snyder views as validation for the hot streak his young team is enjoying.
Hayward hit the winning jumper at the buzzer in overtime after Rodney Hood's tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation, and the Jazz extended their season-best winning streak to seven games with a 121-119 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.
Snyder didn't want to discredit his team's run before the game, but said it was mostly at home, not to mention almost all against losing teams.
Benched at the start of Tuesday night's game against the Boston Celtics, the Milwaukee Bucks center responded with a huge game. He scored 29 and grabbed 12 rebounds to spark his team to end a five-game losing streak with a 112-111 victory.
He started 48 games as a rookie with Detroit and has been in the starting lineup for 336 of 348 contests since then until coming off the bench against Boston.
"It's all about getting the win and making sure I do my part when I'm out on the court," Monroe said.
NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony says he has no plans to seek a trade and remains committed to Knicks president Phil Jackson in the wake of Derek Fisher's dismissal as head coach.
"This is something I didn't see coming, [that] nobody saw coming," Anthony said. "So you have to continue to put your trust into Phil. At this point, what could you do? Can't shy away from that. Can't go against it. So for me, it's continue. I have to trust in it. I decided to stay here, I decided to make that decision to trust in the Knicks and trust in Phil. I have to continue doing that."
Fisher was fired on Monday following a 23-31 start in his second season with the Knicks. He was replaced on an interim basis by Kurt Rambis. Rambis is the fourth Knicks coach Anthony has played for in his five seasons in New York.
NEW YORK -- The Washington Wizards put the New York Knicks in the same kind of hole under Kurt Rambis they kept falling into under Derek Fisher.
John Wall had 28 points and 17 assists, Bradley Beal scored 26, and the Wizards beat New York 111-108 on Tuesday night in the Knicks' first game under Rambis.
Wall made four free throws in the final 6.6 seconds and the Wizards handed the Knicks their sixth straight loss when Langston Galloway's 3-pointer at the buzzer was just short after Washington failed to foul intentionally as planned.
MIAMI -- Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside's All-Star break got started early when he was sent home by the team soon after he was ejected from Tuesday's blowout 119-101 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
Whiteside was immediately tossed at the 9:35 mark of the fourth quarter when he swung an elbow in apparent frustration toward the head of Spurs center Boban Marjanovic as they battled for position near the free throw line.
Whiteside remained on the court for several moments as game officials reviewed the altercation. He was assessed a flagrant foul 2, which resulted in an automatic ejection and a one-game suspension. Heat teammates said Whiteside had already left the arena by the time they returned to the locker room after the game, and coach Erik Spoelstra confirmed that Whiteside was told to leave.