OAKLAND, Calif., Sporting Alert — Scores and highlights from the NBA games that took place on Tuesday night (March 29) with Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets among the winners.
AT OAKLAND IN CALIFORNIA
Reigning MVP Stephen Curry continued his impressive shooting streak from behind the arc after he connected on six 3-point attempts on the night on his way to scoring 26 points for the Warriors, who defeated the Washington Wizards 102-94.
Overall, Curry was only 9 of 20 shooting from the field, but made 6 of 8 from long-range to go with seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals in 35 minutes.
He was supported by Klay Thompson, who ended with 16 points while Draymond Green had 15 points, 16 rebounds, nine assists and two blocks, and Harrison Barnes finished with 14 points and nine rebounds for the Warriors (67-7), who stayed on course to break the NBA all-time record for wins.
At the end of the night, the defending champions, who secured their 36th successive victory at home this season and 54th straight at home in the regular-season, shot 44-percent from the floor while going 11 of 25 from 3-pointers.
Bradley Beal scored 17 points to paced the Wizards, who shot just 5 of 23 from long-range in their fourth straight defeat to the Warriors.
Markieff Morris added 15 points and eight rebounds, Otto Porter Jr. finished with 11 points and six rebounds and John Wall ended with 11 assists and blocked four shots and Marcin Gortat had 10 rebounds in the defeat for Washington (36-38), which dropped three of the last four games.
CAVALIERS FALL IN CLEVELAND
Cleveland Cavaliers have been strongly criticized recently for their inconsistency and the result on Tuesday night against the Houston Rockets will not make life any easier for the Eastern Conference leaders.
Playing without leader LeBron James, who did his work coaching on the sidelines, the Cavaliers (52-22) blew a 20-point lead in a 102-94 defeat to the Rockets, who outscored the home side 35-16 in the fourth quarter.
James Harden scored 27 points, but 18 of those came in the final period and Houston rallied from a 20-point deficit to beat the James-less Cleveland, after the star forward was rested.
“Even when we got down 20 points, we felt confident because they weren’t shooting the ball well, even when they were winning,” Harden said.
Michael Beasley added 17 points and eight rebounds off the bench, Trevor Ariza finished with 15 points and six boards while Dwight Howard ended with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Rockets (37-38).
Irving scored 31 points and dished out eight assists to lead the way for the Cavs, which showed that they struggle when James doesn’t play, after dropping their third game in four without him in the lineup this season and dipped to 4-13 with him sitting out in the last two seasons.
Tristan Thompson added 16 points and 10 rebounds and Kevin Love finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the defeat for the Cavaliers, who are 2 1/2 games ahead of the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference standings.
ROCKETS 106, CAVALIERS 100
BULLS 98, PACERS 96
PISTONS 88, THUNDER 82
HORNETS 100, 76ERS 85
MAGIC 139, NETS 105