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Curry´s 54 not enough for Warriors, Thunder crush Hornets

28 February 2013 07:23

The New York Knicks beat a Stephen Curry-inspired Golden State Warriors 109-105 to take a two-game lead in NBA's Atlantic Division.

Curry knocked down 11 three-pointers to finish Wednesday's game with 54 points but it was not enough for the Warriors as New York scored 10 of the last 15 points to claim victory at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks started brilliantly, opening up a nine-point lead at the end of the first quarter but the Warriors had the better of the second term, scoring 37 points to 31 to trail by three points at half-time.

When Curry sank his 10th three-pointer of the game, Golden State led 100-99 with 4:43 remaining in the fourth quarter but J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony both scored five points in the closing stages to claim New York's second win in a row.

Tyson Chandler was arguably New York's best player with 28 rebounds and 16 points, while Anthony (35 points) and Smith (26) were the top-scorers for the Knicks.

The Knicks seem to have turned their form around with the consecutive victories coming after four straight defeats and New York now lead the Atlantic Division by two games over the Brooklyn Nets.

Northwest Division leaders the Oklahoma City Thunder smashed the New Orleans Hornets 119-74 with Kevin Durant claiming a triple-double for the victors.

Durant scored 18 points, took 11 rebounds and produced 10 assists as the Thunder claimed their third consecutive victory with a second-half blitz finishing off New Orleans.

Oklahoma City scored 57 points to 29 after half-time to destroy the Hornets, who have lost five of their past six games.

In San Antonio, the Phoenix Suns needed overtime to knock off the Spurs 105-101, ending the home team's 18-game winning streak on their own court.

The Spurs, who had not lost at home since November, looked on track for a 19th consecutive win when Tim Duncan gave them a 99-95 lead with 11 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

But a 24-foot three-pointer in the final second from the Suns' Wesley Johnson tied the scores at 100-100 and Phoenix then clinched victory with Jermaine O'Neal scoring from a jump-shot with nine seconds left in overtime to effectively decide the contest.

In Orlando, the visiting Sacramento Kings destroyed the Magic 125-101, while the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Utah Jazz 102-91 and the Memphis Grizzlies won 90-84 over the Dallas Mavericks.

In other NBA results, the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame the Toronto Raptors 103-92, the Detroit Pistons defeated the Washington Wizards 96-95 and the Milwaukee Bucks won 110-107 against the Houston Rockets and the Denver Nuggets posted a 111-109 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

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