Stephen Curry scored 37 points and tied a season best by hitting nine three-pointers as the Golden State Warriors took command in the third quarter and rolled to a 117-99 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in New York.
Curry joined Ray Allen as the second player to reach 2,900 career three-pointers when he hit his first trey early in the first quarter. Allen tops the list at 2,973.
Curry shot 12 of 19 from the floor as the Warriors rebounded from seeing their seven-game winning streak stopped Sunday with a four-point loss against the Charlotte Hornets.
Andrew Wiggins added 19 points for the Warriors, who shot 51.9%. Jordan Poole contributed 17 while Draymond Green collected 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists as Golden State scored 25 fastbreak points and 52 points in the paint.
James Harden scored 24 points for Brooklyn, which missed 17 of 22 shots in the third period and shot 38.6% overall. Kevin Durant added 19 against his former team, shooting 6 of 19 while being held under 20 points for the first time this season.
Bruce Brown chipped in 14 for the Nets, who made just 10 of 36 three-point tries as Joe Harris sat out with a sprained left ankle.
The Warriors continued their hot start by winning for the 12th time in 14 games thanks to an impressive surge after halftime. Golden State made 13 of 18 shots in the third quarter and outscored the Nets by a commanding 35-18 margin to take a 98-76 lead into the final period.
The Warriors never trailed after Wiggins hit a three-pointer with 26.6 seconds left in the second quarter, and he hit another trey at the buzzer to give Golden State a 63-58 lead by halftime.
Curry’s layup gave Golden State its first double-digit lead at 69-58 less than two minutes into the third, and the lead grew to 91-70 on a transition dunk by Poole with 2:49 remaining. Andre Iguodala capped the dominant quarter with a three-pointer at the buzzer.
Curry hit two more three-pointers in the opening minutes of the fourth before Golden State took a 106-80 lead on Damion Lee’s basket. Curry hit his final 3-pointer for a 111-85 lead with 7:06 before being lifted about two minutes later. – Rappler.com