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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry had 34 points and nine assists, and the Golden State Warriors rallied from an early 17-point deficit to beat Oklahoma City 114-109 on Thursday night after Thunder star Kevin Durant left with a sprained right ankle.
Durant scored a season-high 30 points on 10-for-13 shooting in a spectacular first half that ended with him stepping on Marreese Speights' foot. The Thunder said Durant had a mild ankle sprain, and the NBA MVP did not return.
Oklahoma City had won seven straight games, which was the longest active streak in the league after Memphis snapped Golden State's 16-game winning streak Tuesday night.
Curry added seven rebounds, and Klay Thompson scored 19 points for the Warriors, who played without injured center Andrew Bogut (right knee) and forward David Lee (left hamstring) again.
Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 33 points.
PELICANS 99, ROCKETS 90
HOUSTON (AP) — Anthony Davis had 30 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks to lead New Orleans over Houston.
The Pelicans trailed by one early in the fourth quarter before using a 7-0 run to take a 79-73 lead and they didn't trail again. Ryan Anderson scored the last five points in that spurt to help New Orleans snap a six-game skid in Houston.
Jrue Holiday added 16 points with 10 assists for New Orleans and Anderson had 16 points.
James Harden scored 21 and Dwight Howard had 17 points with 13 rebounds for the Rockets, who lost for just the second time in nine games.
Harden entered leading the NBA in scoring and had scored more than 40 points in two of his last three games. But he had a tough night by his standards and made just eight of 23 shots.
BULLS 103, KNICKS 97
CHICAGO (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored a career-high 35 points and Chicago beat New York in a game missing All-Stars Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony.
Playing without Rose, who sat out with an illness, the Bulls got another strong game from Butler. He was 11 of 21 from the floor with four 3-pointers, five rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
Still, the Bulls had trouble shaking a short-handed New York team that's lost three straight and 13 of 14.
Pau Gasol scored 20 points for Chicago, which went on a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter to take an 87-77 lead.
The Knicks were led by Tim Hardaway Jr., who had 23 points and five 3-pointers.
Anthony was sidelined with a sore left knee. New York also was without Andrea Bargnani (right hamstring), Cleanthony Early (right knee), Iman Shumpert (left shoulder) and J.R. Smith (left foot).
BUCKS 108, KINGS 107
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Knight scored 20 points and Milwaukee spoiled DeMarcus Cousins' return to the struggling Sacramento Kings.
With their inside game lacking due to missing players, the Bucks shot well from the perimeter for much of the night in winning their third in four games. They went 10 of 14 from 3-point range in the first half and made 13 overall from beyond the arc.
O.J. Mayo and Jared Dudley added 19 points apiece for Milwaukee, outscored 48-26 in the paint.
Playing for the first time in more than three weeks, Cousins looked fatigued at times but still had 27 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in nearly 33 minutes for the Kings.
He missed a 15-foot jumper at the buzzer that would have won it.
Cousins sat out 10 straight games with viral meningitis, and the Kings went 2-8 in his absence. He last played Nov. 26 at Houston.
Ben McLemore scored 22 points, and Rudy Gay had 20 points and nine rebounds. Sacramento has dropped five straight and 10 of 12.
The Kings were playing their second game since the surprise firing Sunday of coach Michael Malone, who was replaced by interim coach Tyrone Corbin.
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