NEW YORK (Agencies): Stephen Curry powered the Golden State Warriors to a 122-108 away victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday as the San Francisco-based team had their sixth straight win in the NBA regular season.
Warriors superstar Curry scored 40 points and produced nine assists in Houston’s Toyota Center.
Golden State small forward Andrew Wiggins clocked up 23 points, and Klay Thompson added 14 points for the winners. The Rockets duo, Christian Wood and Kevin Porter Jr., posted a double-double each.
Houston center Wood scored 24 points and took 13 rebounds, and shooting guard Porter Jr. tallied 17 points and 11 assists. Rockets rookie Josh Christopher bagged 13 points and Eric Gordon added 12 points for the losing team.
In the first minutes of the second quarter, the Rockets led the game 27-23, but the Warriors came back and never looked behind.
Near the end of the second period, the Warriors had a double-digit lead by 54-42 after Moses Moody hit a three-point jump shot.
Then the Rockets fought for some time to narrow the gap to four in the fourth quarter, 104-108. Porter Jr. scored a three-point jump shot to keep the Houston’s hopes alive with five minutes remaining to the buzzer. But the Golden State extended their lead, 113-104 after Curry had scored a layup and three-pointer.
Then the Warriors did not let the Rockets narrow the gap, getting a 122-108 victory in Houston. The second-place Golden State Warriors won 38 games but previously lost 13 others.
The Warriors are following the West leaders Phoenix Suns, who are going 40-9 in the 2021-22 season. The Rockets, who are in the last position in the Western Conference standings, have a 14-36 win/loss record.
Sixers minus Embiid take overtime win against Grizzlies
The Philadelphia 76ers were without their superstar Joel Embiid but had a 122-119 win against the Memphis Grizzlies in overtime. Tyrese Maxey was the Sixers’ hero to score 33 points.
Maxey scored a running layup to give a 120-119 lead to the 76ers with 26.4 seconds remaining in the overtime. After the Memphis’ Ziaire Williams had missed a three-point jump shot, Matisse Thybulle took the rebound and wasted no time to throw the ball to his teammate Maxey with 2.1 seconds to go.
The 21-year-old was unopposed to score another running layup as the Philadelphia secured a 122-119 win at their home court Wells Fargo Center.
Tobias Harris scored 31 points for the Sixers. Philadelphia center Andre Drummond had 16 points but took 23 rebounds to give a massive contribution to the 76ers under the rim.
Memphis star Ja Morant was the game’s top scorer with 37 points.
Desmond Bane also displayed an emphatic performance for the Grizzlies as the 23-year-old guard racked up 34 points.
Jaren Jackson Jr. added 18 points for the visitors.
Currently, at third place in the East standings, the Sixers have a 31-19 win/loss record.
The Grizzlies, who are now in the third spot in the Western Conference, are going 35-18.
- Jazz’s Ingles faces major knee injury
The Utah Jazz’s Australian forward/guard Joe Ingles will be out of action “indefinitely” for a ligament injury in his left knee.
“Joe Ingles was examined Monday by the Utah Jazz medical staff and the MRI revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee with no other structural damage,” the Jazz said on Twitter.
The Utah added that Ingles would “remain out indefinitely” as the 34-year-old will undergo surgery in the upcoming weeks.
In 2014, Ingles joined the Jazz after winning Europe’s top-flight Turkish Airlines EuroLeague title with Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv in the same year.
This season Ingles averaged 7.2 points and 3.5 assists per game for the Jazz.
Philadelphia 76ers – Memphis Grizzlies: 122-119 (overtime)
Indiana Pacers – Los Angeles Clippers: 122-116
Cleveland Cavaliers – New Orleans Pelicans: 93-90
Boston Celtics – Miami Heat: 122-92
New York Knicks – Sacramento Kings: 116-96
Atlanta Hawks – Toronto Raptors: 100-106
Houston Rockets – Golden State Warriors: 108-122
Oklahoma City Thunder – Portland Trail Blazers: 98-81