Curry and Thompson lead Warriors to comeback win
Stephen Curry scored 42 points and Klay Thompson added 33, with 17 in the fourth quarter in the Warriors’ come-from-behind win in Miami on Wednesday. It’s the second-most points that Thompson has scored in the fourth-quarter of a game for the Warriors. He scored 19 in the fourth quarter of a game against Minnesota in 2013, although the Warriors didn’t trail in the fourth quarter of that game.
It’s the second game in which either Curry or Thompson scored 40 points and the other scored at least 30. Thompson scored 41 and Curry added 31 against the Lakers in 2014.
Curry tied Kyle Korver‘s NBA record for consecutive games with a three-pointer on Wednesday, by scoring from beyond the arc for the 127th consecutive regular-season game. Curry has scored 3339 points with 532 three-pointers during the streak. Korver scored 1461 points with 337 threes during his streak, which ran from 2012 to 2014.
Hassan Whiteside scored 21 points with 13 rebounds on Wednesday, and over his last three games-none of which he’s started-he’s scored 65 points and collected 54 rebounds. He’s the first player since Charles Barkley in 1986 to score at least 60 points with 50 rebounds in a three-game span, without starting during that time.
Russell Westbrook scored 24 points with 13 assists and only two turnovers in Oklahoma City’s win in Dallas on Wednesday. It’s the fourth straight game in which Westbrook has scored 20 or more points, passed for 10-plus assists and committed no more than two turnovers, the longest streak of that kind for any NBA player since Isiah Thomas’s five-game streak in the 1984-85 season.
Oklahoma City has scored at least 100 points in each of its last 15 road games, the longest single-season streak of that kind since the Lakers had 17 straight 100-point road games in 2008-09.
Kings not so great against NBA royalty
With a loss to San Antonio on Wednesday, Sacramento has now lost the last 23 games it has played against teams that were at least 30 games above the .500 mark (entering the game). The Kings last won a game under those circumstances on April 12, 2008, when they defeated the New Orleans Hornets, who were 55-24 at the time.
Their 23 consecutive losses versus teams 30 or more games over .500 is the longest streak of its kind in NBA history, surpassing a streak of 22 straight losses versus such teams by the Los Angeles Clippers from 1995 to 2006.
Drummond doubles up on the rebounds
Andre Drummond collected 18 rebounds in the Pistons win over the 76ers on Wednesday, more than twice as many as any other player in the game. It’s the 11th time this season that Drummond has had double the rebounds of any other player in a game; no other NBA player has had more than three games of that kind this year.
Paul George scored only two points in the first half but contributed 25 points in the second half as the Pacers came from behind to defeat the Knicks. George is the fourth player this season to score 25 or more points in the second half after being held to two or fewer points in the first half, joining Kevin Durant (Dec. 13),Jimmy Butler (Jan. 3) and Chris Paul (Feb. 18).
Raptors are dangerous
The Raptors defeated the visiting Timberwolves on Wednesday for their ninth straight home win, tying a team record, and their 17th win in their last 20 games, setting a team record. Toronto has won each of its last 12 home games against Minnesota, which is the longest home winning streak in franchise history against a particular opponent.
Big KAT in big company
Karl-Anthony Towns played his 58th NBA game on Wednesday, in which he’s scored 1001 points with 589 rebounds and 105 blocked shots. Only two other NBA players over the last 20 years totaled 1000 points, 500 rebounds, and 100 blocks before playing their 60th game in the league: Tim Duncan (53rd game in 1997-98) and Pau Gasol (58th game in 2001-02).
With Derrick Rose sidelined, Pau Gasol led all players with nine assists in the Bulls’ win over the Wizards on Wednesday. It’s the second time in his last three games that Gasol was a game’s outright assists leader; he also did so on Friday against Toronto. Gasol leads the Bulls with 33 assists in the games that Rose has missed this season.
Grizzlies maul Lakers
The Grizzlies scored at least 30 points in each period of their win over the Lakers on Wednesday, making Memphis only the third team to do that this season. The Grizzles have had four 30-point quarters in two other games in team history, both in the 2006-07 season.