Sport Steph Curry returns to inspire Golden State Warriors to narrow win over Toronto

09:05  14 january  2018
09:05  14 january  2018 Source:   pressassociation.com

Steph Curry heats up the Staples Center as Golden State beat the Clippers

  Steph Curry heats up the Staples Center as Golden State beat the Clippers Steph Curry hit 45 points in just 30 minutes as the Golden State Warriors beat the LA Clippers 121-105. The Warriors, top of the Western Conference, extended their lead as far as 30 points and were only slightly pegged back in the final quarter, the Clippers outshooting them 29-18.The damage was done largely by Curry, who had eight three-pointers, while Draymond Green had nine points and 12 rebounds and Kay Thompson added 10 point and four rebounds. The Clippers suffered as Blake Griffin was withdrawn in the first half with suspected concussion.

Golden State 's Stephen Curry wasted no time, launching a 3-pointer on his first trip up the floor after coming off the bench in the Warriors ' game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday.CreditEzra Shaw/Getty Images. “He was Steph ,” Coach Steve Kerr said at his postgame news conference.

Steph Curry comes off bench to vault Warriors to 2-0 lead; Raptors lost a game they had to win . • Maybe Stephen Curry should have started after all in Game 2 for the Golden State Warriors . • The Raptors had to win Game 1 to put their playoff demons to rest.

Steph Curry, left, drives to the basket against Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (AP): Warriors Raptors Basketball © AP/PA photowire service Warriors Raptors Basketball

Steph Curry returned to the court after a two-game absence as the Golden State Warriors nearly gave up a lead to beat the Toronto Raptors 127-125.

The Warriors held a 27-point lead at half-time but Toronto struck back after the interval - and outscored the visitors 36-19 in the fourth.

Curry - who had 24 on the night - scored two free throws with two seconds left on the clock, as a Fred VanVleet jumper for the Raptors as time expired saw the game end 127-125.

DeMar DeRozan top scored for the Raptors with 42.

The Los Angeles Lakers needed overtime to beat the Dallas Mavericks 107-101, while the Washington Wizards also took the Brooklyn Nets into an extra period and won 119-113.

Russell Westbrook had 25 points and 10 rebounds as his Oklahoma City Thunder side beat the Charlotte Hornets 101-91, while the Los Angeles Clippers outplayed the Sacramento Kings 126-105.

Elsewhere, the San Antonio Spurs saw off the Denver Nuggets 112-80 and the Chicago Bulls edged a tight game against the Detroit Pistons 107-105.

2018 NBA All-Star Game: Starters, Captains revealed for new format .
The first 10 selections for the NBA All-Star Game were announced Thursday night.The All-Star Game format, which traditionally has been formed as Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference teams, was changed in October. This year will be the first time the leading vote-getter from each conference (James and Curry) will captain his team and draft from a pool of players voted as starters and reserves.

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