Stephen Curry has scored 20 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter, hitting three straight three-pointers, and the NBA-leading Golden State Warriors overcame a 13-point deficit on the road to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-89 on Thursday.
Curry made 8-of-12 shots, including 4-of-7 three-pointers, in the final period to help Golden State outscore the Cavs 36-8.
“With Steph on the floor, you always have a chance,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
“He’s one of the greatest players in the history of the game and he is the greatest three-point shooter of all-time. He’s fearless and always capable of catching fire like that.”
Curry finished 15-of-27 from the field, 9-of-16 beyond the arc and one from one from the foul line. The two-time MVP also had six assists and four rebounds to help Golden State improve to 13-2.
“It was amazing to watch our energy in the fourth, and I had the best vantage point in the house,” Curry said.
“We’re pretty good at wearing teams down with our defence.”
Darius Garland scored a season-high 25 points as the injury-plagued Cavaliers dropped to 9-8.
“Stephen Curry is a hell of a basketball player,” Cleveland coach J.B. Bickerstaff said.
“The shots he was making weren’t easy, but obviously, he’s got the skill-set to make them and Draymond (Green) knows how to get him open. They’re the best team in the league right now for a reason.”
In Salt Lake City, Rudy Gay hit five three-pointers and scored 20 points in his season debut to help the Utah Jazz beat the Toronto Raptors 119-103.
Gay also had five rebounds in just 18 minutes after missing Utah’s first 14 games while recovering from off-season surgery on his right heel.
Donovan Mitchell also scored 20 points, and Aussie Joe Ingles contributed 10 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and one steal to help the Jazz (10-5) up to third in the Western Conference, three wins behind the Warriors.
The Miami Heat have moved to the top of the Eastern Conference after Jimmy Butler’s 32 points saw off the visiting Washington Wizards 112-97 for their fourth straight victory.
Butler shot 11-of-19 from the field and made all 10 of his free throws in his second consecutive outing over 30 points, while Bradley Beal scored 30 points for Washington.
Elsewhere, Nikola Jokic had 30 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Denver Nuggets but it wasn’t enough at home to the Philadelphia 76ers, going down 103-89.
The Memphis Grizzlies were 120-108 winners over the Los Angeles Clippers and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the San Antonio Spurs 115-90.