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Stephen Curry erased a forgettable first half for the Golden State Warriors with a fourth quarter to remember. Curry made a pull-up jumper with 3 seconds remaining to cap a sensational finishing stretch, rallying the Warriors from 18 points down to beat the Dallas Mavericks 95-93 on Wednesday night. ''He's a great player and an all-time great shooter,'' Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. ''I've seen Steph Curry every single day take that shot hundreds and hundreds of times, thousands of times, so when the curtains open up you expect it to go in.'' Curry scored 16 of his 33 points in the final period.
For one night at least, the Utah Jazz bore no resemblance to a team with the NBA's worst record. Richard Jefferson scored 20 points and the Jazz had five players in double figures to halt a four-game skid, defeating the Sacramento Kings 122-101 Wednesday night for their largest margin of victory this season. The Jazz (5-20), who had never led by more than 19 points this season, never trailed and were ahead by 24 after three quarters and stretched the lead to 28 in the fourth. They also established a season-high with 35 assists and had a season-low six turnovers against a Kings team playing without the three players it acquired from Toronto in a seven-player trade on Monday.
It's a good thing for the New Orleans Pelicans that Ryan Anderson doesn't let an off night stop him from unleashing long-range shots with the game on the line. Anderson shook off some unusually poor shooting and hit two clutch 3-pointers in overtime that carried the New Orleans Pelicans to a 111-106 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. I think coach has a lot of confidence in me, a lot of faith in me and if I'm passive or if I don't take a shot when I'm open, it could hurt the team,'' Anderson said. ... You can never give up your confidence on the court, no matter how awful the shooting night you have.'' Jason Smith showed he is getting increasingly comfortable at center after spending much of his early pro career at power forward.
Down 19 at home to the struggling Philadelphia 76ers, the Minnesota Timberwolves' season had reached a bit of crossroads as the second quarter opened. With a brutal trip awaiting, the Wolves simply couldn't afford to drop this one. So they rolled up their sleeves and started chipping away, and the young Sixers let them right back in it. ''But then into the second quarter, into the second half, we just kind of gradually got a rhythm going and took control and they stopped.'' Ricky Rubio had 21 points, seven assists and five rebounds, Nikola Pekovic added 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Robbie Hummel hit a couple of big shots for the Wolves in the fourth quarter.
Russell Westbrook is putting to rest any doubts he has recovered from the knee injury that forced him to miss the first two games of the season. Westbrook scored 27 points and added nine assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 116-100 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. Westbrook's performance against the Grizzlies followed double-doubles Tuesday night in a win over Atlanta (14 points, 11 assists) and Sunday in a victory over Indiana (26 points, 13 assists). ''I'm great, I feel good,'' said Westbrook, who was sidelined by a lateral meniscus tear to start the year.
The huge lead was gone, and the New York Knicks were in danger of a loss that would have hurt far more than their two straight blowouts. ''From a mental standpoint, if this game would have got away from us, ain't no telling what would have happened,'' Carmelo Anthony said. Anthony had 30 points and 10 rebounds, Stoudemire made the tiebreaking jumper with 2:35 left, and New York pulled out an 83-78 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night after blowing a 23-point lead. Stoudemire finished with 14 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks, who ended a two-game losing streak but made it harder on themselves than necessary with some sloppy second-half offense.
With Tim Duncan rediscovering his shot at the same time the Bucks collectively lost theirs, the result was predictable. Duncan had 21 points and 16 rebounds while playing just 24 minutes - single-handedly outscoring the Bucks starters - and Tony Parker added 15 points in the San Antonio Spurs' 109-77 rout of Milwaukee on Wednesday night. ''We did not compete on a high level tonight,'' said Bucks coach Larry Drew, whose injury-riddled team trailed wire-to-wire for the third time this season. We didn't play as hard as we should have.'' San Antonio had lost three of its last six games after starting the season 13-1, but dominated from the opening tip, scoring the first nine points.
Doc Rivers picked up another win in Boston. The coach who led the Celtics to the 2008 NBA title returned for the first time with the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night and beat Boston 96-88. Jamal Crawford scored 21 points, hitting a pair of 3-pointers 23 seconds apart to help the Clippers pull away in the final 3 minutes. ''It was just a really nice day,'' said Rivers, choking back tears in his postgame news conference.
Magic coach Jacque Vaughn had been eagerly awaiting the return of Nikola Vucevic to his starting lineup. Vucevic had a double-double in the first half after missing the last four games with a sprained left ankle, Jameer Nelson had 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and the Orlando Magic snapped a six-game losing streak with a 92-83 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. Glen Davis added 17 points and 12 rebounds and Arron Afflalo chipped in with 16 points. Him being a factor out there, people have to guard him and also he's going to get rebounds and help us with fast-break points.'' Orlando had 36 points in the paint and outrebounded the Bobcats 52-41.
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