Golden State 134, New Orleans 129; San Antonio 113, Portland 110; Denver 191, Sacramento 94; Milwaukee 129; Cleveland 112; Utah 96, Phoenix 95; LA Clippers 111, Charlotte 96.
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Stephen Curry scored 26 points and Draymond Green bagged a triple double as the Golden State Warriors bounced back from successive thrashings to down the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.
The reigning Western Conference champions, routed 120-92 by Oklahoma City on Sunday, rediscovered their scoring touch to claim a 134-123 win at the Smoothie King Center.
After toothless displays against Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Clippers, the Warriors rediscovered their offense in a high-scoring first half.
A 45-point second quarter saw them surge into a 72-55 lead at half-time, giving them a comfortable 17-point cushion.
Another big third quarter extended their lead to 24 points heading into the final period, and although the Pelicans closed the gap, the result was never seriously in question.
Green’s triple-double included 16 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists, while new recruit D’Angelo Russell finished with 24 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. Damion Lee added 23 points from the bench.
Afterwards Green said the Warriors had been determined to raise their game after the debacles against the Thunder and the Clippers.
“We’ve just been talking about competing at an NBA level,” Green said.
In Los Angeles, the Clippers improved to 3-1 with a comfortable 111-96 defeat of the Charlotte Hornets.
Kawhi Leonard delivered a 30-point performance in the win, with Lou Williams scoring 23 from the bench.
In Houston, James Harden exploded for 40 points as the Rockets outgunned Oklahoma City 116-112.
Harden added three rebounds and seven assists while point guard Russell Westbrook narrowly missed out on a triple-double with 21 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.
Harden later saluted Westbrook’s contribution to the Rockets offense.
“He just brings a different element to the game,” Harden said. “His speed, his pace, his athleticism, his playmaking.
“He does so much and creates for his teammates and it’s tough to guard.”
In Toronto, the NBA champion Raptors improved to 3-1 for the season with a 104-95 defeat of the Orlando Magic.
The San Antonio Spurs remain unbeaten in the Western Conference after notching a third win of the season against the Portland Trail Blazers.
DeMar DeRozan had 27 points for the Spurs, who edged a 113-110 victory over the visiting Blazers. Damian Lillard led the scoring with 28 points while teammate C.J. McCollum finished with 27.