Warriors cruise past Denver behind Curry's 36

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Warriors cruise past Denver behind Curry's 36

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Stephen Curry shot the lights out all night and the Warriors used a 37-point third quarter to separate from the Nuggets and earn their best road win of the year.

Warriors 109, Nuggets 101

Player of the game: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry scored a season-high 36 points, helping Golden State snap a two-game losing streak.

This feels good, Curry said afterward. We came with it on both ends. We were a little sluggish to start, but obviously our shots started falling so it was a good night.Third is the charm: The Warriors gained separation from the Nuggets in the third quarter, outscoring Denver 37-20. The 37-point third quarter was the Warriors second-highest scoring third-quarter of the season. They scored 40 points in a Feb. 2, win over the Utah Jazz. For the period, the Warriors shot 70 percent from the floor and went 5-for-9 from 3-point range.Currys first half: On Tuesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, it was Monta Ellis who had a monster first half, scoring 30 points on his way to 48 for the night.On Thursday night, it was Curry who had a huge first half. Curry had 21 points in the first 24 minutes, going 7-for-11 from the field, including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc.Thompsons career night: Rookie Klay Thompson had 19 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter. The 19 points were a career-high for Thompson.That was big for us, Curry said of Thompson. They were trying to make a run (in the fourth) and he stayed aggressive and made some big shots. It was his 22nd birthday (Wednesday) and we tried to get him 22 (points), but settled for 19. Well take that.Udoh out of the gate: Ekpe Udoh was a big-time factor late in the first quarter and into the second quarter, making himself a presence around the rim. Udoh had five blocks in 11 minutes, and he wasnt particular about which Nugget he sent away.Julyan Stone, Andre Miller, Kosta Koufos and Al Harrington (twice) all had their shots blocked by Udoh in the first half.For the game, the Warriors had 14 blocked shots to just one for the Nuggets.Biedrins better: After coming off a game in which he had zero points, zero rebounds and zero assists in 14 minutes, Warriors center Andris Biedrins was a little more of a factor against Denver.Biedrins had four rebounds and two blocks in seven first-quarter minutes, and he helped limit Denvers Nene while he was in the game. Biedrins, however, remains overly gun-shy when it comes to attempting field goals. Biedrins got two offensive rebounds, both in the vicinity of the basket, and each time he passed the ball out to guards on the perimeter.Three in a row: The Warriors now play three straight home games, including a rare back-to-back home set on Sunday and Monday against Houston and Phoenix, respectively. They conclude the set against Portland on Wednesday.Theres got to be a carryover effect, Jackson said of the road victory. In my opinion weve had great intense performances the past two games. We dont feel good about (Tuesdays loss to Oklahoma City), but there was no carryover negatively. Now we look to build on it.

Warriors All-Stars combine for 56 points, West wins

Warriors All-Stars combine for 56 points, West wins

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NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis had an All-Star Game for the record books.

And on a night when Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant provided a glimpse of the past, Giannis Antetokounmpo showed he's clearly part of the future and a midcourt lob attempt from James Harden even went in, Davis absolutely stole the show.

He scored 52 points, 10 more than Wilt Chamberlain's All-Star record that had stood for 55 years, and the Western Conference beat the Eastern Conference 192-182 on Sunday night — the highest-scoring game in league history.

Davis made 26 shots and took 39, both of those also All-Star records. He even outdid Westbrook, who had 41 points in just 20 minutes — which ordinarily would have been enough to merit him what would have been a third straight MVP award.

Not this time. It was Davis hoisting the trophy, to the delight of his New Orleans fans.

"It was a lot of fun," Davis said. "My teammates did a great job of looking for me."

Durant had a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Stephen Curry added 21 points for the West — where a subplot emerged as DeMarcus Cousins played only two minutes, prompting some speculation that a trade sending him out of Sacramento might be looming.

Antetokounmpo had 30 points for the East, with 12 dunks in his night. LeBron James scored 23 points to become the first All-Star to eclipse 300 in a career, Kyrie Irving had 22 points and 14 assists, and Isaiah Thomas scored 20 for the East.

Davis became the story that overshadowed The Story coming into this game, that being the Durant-Westbrook whatever.

And if there is any animus remaining between Durant and Westbrook, it was hidden. They passed each other the ball and slapped hands in the pregame layup line, and not long after Westbrook checked into the game the former Oklahoma City teammates provided one of the game's top highlights — a give-and-go, capped by Durant lobbing the ball to set Westbrook up for a dunk.

"OH MY GOD! WHAT JUST HAPPENED?" Curry shouted on the West bench, which moments later broke into celebration. Players jumped and threw hands skyward, Curry tossing a cupful of water onto a smiling Durant amid it all.

Draymond Green called the play "cute," and Westbrook and Durant seemed happy with it as well.

"It was a nice give-and-go, man," Westbrook said. "Good give-and-go. Made a good pass. I barely got over the rim, but it was a nice give-and-go."

Added Durant: "It was a great basketball play. He was open so I threw him the lob. He can jump really high so yeah, good play."

Some fans were shouting "De-Fense!" in the fourth quarter. West center DeAndre Jordan heard them, rising from his seat on the West bench to yell "No, no, no" back in their direction.

If those fans were serious, they were disappointed.

Westbrook scored 12 points — all on 3s — in a 63-second span late in the third quarter, coming off the bench and firing over and over and over again. And then he opened the fourth quarter with another 3, giving him 34 points in just under 14 minutes played to that point.

It looked like he was a cinch for MVP honors, until Davis scored 20 points in the fourth.

TIP-INS

East: Irving also led the East in rebounds with seven. ... Kyle Lowry scored 19 points and DeMar DeRozan added 16. ... No East player logged more than 24 minutes.

West: Curry took cover in the third quarter, comically hitting the deck face-first as Antetokounmpo went in for yet another dunk. So later in the quarter, Antetokounmpo went over Curry for a rebound slam — one that left Curry staring at the scoreboard for a replay. ... Kawhi Leonard had a steal and dunk in the opening minute, a defensive display that left West coach Steve Kerr in hysterics.

EMBIID CLOSE

Joel Embiid wanted to be in the All-Star Game, and he was close — literally and figuratively.

The Philadelphia star sat on the edge of the baseline next to the West bench, meaning he got to greet players throughout the night and share a few words with some at halftime.

CELEB WATCH

A huge roar greeted Jon Batiste, who performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" pregame, when he started the song.

It wasn't for him.

That happened to be the moment when John Legend — the halftime performer — and Chrissy Teigen were shown at their sideline seats on the video screens around the arena. And a louder cheer came not long afterward when Beyonce and Jay Z got on-screen.

Among the other celebs in the seats: Guy Fieri, Dave Chappelle, Julius Erving, Alonzo Mourning, Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson and The Roots.

UP NEXT

The next All-Star Game is Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles, which will host for a record sixth time.

Thompson eliminated in first round of All-Star 3-point contest

Thompson eliminated in first round of All-Star 3-point contest

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson will not repeat as the NBA All-Star Game's 3-point shootout champion. 

In need of 19 points, Thompson managed only 18 -- that allowed Kemba Walker to advance into the semifinals. 

Houston's Eric Gordon had the high score of the first round. He went on to win the championship -- besting Kyrie Irving.

Thompson has made 182 3-pointers this season which ranks him fifth in the league.