Warriors triumph against LA in overtime, Rockets, Spurs win
LOS ANGELES - Agence France-Presse
Stephen Curry scored 13 of his 28 points in overtime as the NBA champion Golden State Warriors edged the Lakers 127-123 in Los Angeles on Nov. 29.
Curry struggled from three-point range for much of the night, going one-of-seven from beyond the arc before starting overtime with back-to-back three-pointers.
That put the Warriors up 115-109, and two days after their shock defeat by the Sacramento Kings, they held on for the win.
The Warriors, who were without Curry and Kevin Durant in the loss to Sacramento, haven’t lost back-to-back games this season -- but they were less than impressive in maintaining that record.
Head coach Steve Kerr admitted that after two titles in three successive trips to the NBA Finals the Warriors aren’t always showing their “killer instinct.”
“Our guys are competitive, so when we lose we tend to get a little angry,” he said. “It’s more challenging this year than it has been the last few years. They haven’t been getting quite as angry this year as they have in the last few years.”
As the reigning champions clawed out their victory, the current Western Conference leaders Houston rolled to a sixth straight win, a 118-97 home victory over the Indiana Pacers.
James Harden scored 29 points with eight rebounds and 10 assists for the Rockets despite struggling early with his long-range shot.
Houston finished November with a 12-1 record, with two six-game winning streaks bracketing a lone home defeat to the Toronto Raptors on Nov. 14.
The San Antonio Spurs, third in the West, were fueled by 41 points from LaMarcus Aldridge as they handed the Memphis Grizzlies a ninth straight defeat, 104-95.
Aldridge notched his fourth game with 30-plus points this season, coming up just three points shy of his regular-season career high of 44 points.
“It feels good -- I’m taking my time and finding my shots and trying to make the other guys better,” said Aldridge, who connected on 17 of 24 from the field.
In Orlando, Aaron Gordon scored 40 points to help the Magic snap a nine-game losing streak with a 121-108 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.