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Warriors continue winning ways

By AP - Jan 11,2016 - Last updated at Jan 11,2016

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is guarded by Kosta Koufos of the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, on Saturday (AFP photo by Ezra Shaw)

SACRAMENTO, California — Golden State’s Stephen Curry made eight three-pointers and scored 38 points to lead the Warriors to a 128-116 win at Sacramento on Saturday, extending their run of victories against the Kings to an even dozen.

The result kept the Warriors 11 games clear in the NBA’s Pacific Division ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers, who made it eight straight wins by defeating Charlotte.

There was a change of leader in the Southeast Division as Atlanta moved to the top with a victory over Chicago, leapfrogging Miami which were well beaten by Utah.

Golden State broke loose of the Kings with a 36-point third quarter which built a 12-point lead. Curry had 14 points in the fourth to keep the hosts at arm’s length.

Draymond Green added 25, hitting five three-pointers and grabbing nine rebounds. The Warriors shot 19 of 37 on 3-pointers, hitting 12 in the opening half, the most the Kings have allowed in a half all season.

DeMarcus Cousins had 21 of his 33 points in the first half and added 10 rebounds for Sacramento.

Atlanta’s Al Horford scored a season-high 33 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the Hawks past Chicago 120-105.

Paul Millsap added 18 points for the Hawks.

Jimmy Butler scored 14 of his 27 points in the third quarter for the Bulls, who had won their previous six games.

Los Angeles’ Chris Paul had 25 points and seven assists as the Clippers kept up their form surge with a 97-83 win over Charlotte.

DeAndre Jordan, making a push for his first career All-Star selection, had 19 rebounds. It was the 11th straight game in double digits for the franchise’s career rebounding leader.

Jeremy Lin had 26 points for the Hornets, who have lost a season-worst six in a row and seven straight on the road.

Utah’s Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 34 points to power the Jazz past Miami 98-83.

After a passive first half, Hayward scored 18 points in the third quarter, including nine in a row to give the Jazz a 68-60 lead.

The Heat got as close as four in the fourth, but a late 6-0 run all but sealed it.

Trey Burke scored 11 points off the bench for the Jazz, who ended a three-game skid.

Chris Bosh led the Heat with 24 points. Dwyane Wade was held to eight on 3-for-17 shooting.

Washington notched their 12th successive win over Orlando by defeating the Magic 105-99.

Detroit pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Brooklyn 103-89, sending the Nets to a fourth successive defeat.


Toronto extended their sequence of wins over Philadelphia to 11 by downing the 76ers 108-95.

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