Curry Nets Triple-Double in Warriors' Win

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry recorded his first triple-double with a career-high 36 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds as the Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Clippers 132-102 to snap season-high nine-game losing streak Wednesday night.

Anthony Tolliver added a career-high 29 points and Anthony Morrow had 26 points and 10 rebounds for Golden State, which led by as much as 38 while playing without injured leading scorer Monta Ellis.

Curry, the seventh overall pick in the draft, went 11 of 22 from the floor and set a personal best with seven 3-pointers while leading the Warriors to their first win since Jan. 22.

Eric Gordon and Rasual Butler had 16 points apiece for the Clippers, who remained winless in three games since interim coach Kim Hughes replaced Mike Dunleavy.

Ellis sprained his left knee in the fourth quarter of the Warriors' 127-117 loss to Dallas on Monday. He underwent an MRI on Tuesday which determined the injury to be mild, though it's still uncertain when Ellis will return.

Due to the All-Star break this weekend, Golden State doesn't play again until Tuesday against the Lakers in Los Angeles but has four games in a six-day stretch after that.

Ellis' absence was the latest in a series of season-long injuries that have riddled Golden State's lineup. This one robbed the Warriors of their leading scorer and emotional leader.

Golden State was also without second-leading scorer Corey Maggette, who sat out a second straight game with a dislocated left ring finger.

It didn't matter.

C.J. Watson, who missed eight games earlier this season with a variety of injuries, started in place of Ellis but it was Curry, the rookie, who picked up the slack.

He had 17 points in the first quarter, matching a team record with five 3-pointers, then added another 17 in the third when he sank a pair of 27-foot jumpers. But Curry had to wait until the very end of the game to notch the triple-double, grabbing Al Thornton's missed 16-foot jump shot just before the final buzzer.

Los Angeles, which trailed 64-46 at halftime, had no answer and lost for the eighth time in nine games.

Clippers point guard Baron Davis, a one-time fan favorite in Oakland while playing with the Warriors from 2005-08, had 25 points against his former team earlier this season but wasn't nearly as effective this time. He missed his first seven shots, was held to five points in the first half and was shut out after the break while finishing with seven assists.

Chris Kaman, who was named to his first All-Star game as a replacement for injured Portland guard Brandon Roy, had 13 points for Los Angeles but it had little effect on the outcome.


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