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NBA round-up: Steph Curry's career-high 62 points propel Golden State Warriors to victory

Steph Curry hit the ground running Sunday scoring 21 points in the first quarter, and another 17 in the fourth to help close out the victory for Warriors against the Trail Blazers; Jayson Tatum's jumper helps Celtics to late win over the Pistons; Wins for Lakers, Clippers and Jazz

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) smiles after scoring his 62 points during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in San Francisco, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)


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Steph Curry erupted for a career-high 62 points in their victory over the Portland Trail Blazers

Steph Curry's career-high 62 points propelled Golden State Warriors to a 137-122 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in San Francisco on Sunday.

Curry topped his previous high of 54 with two free throws with 2:23 to play. But he wasn't done. With the Warriors comfortably ahead, Curry bombed in consecutive 27-footers, the second of which came with 42.2 seconds left to cap his sensational night.

The 50-point night was the NBA's first of the season, while the 60-pointer was the first for a Warrior since Klay Thompson had 60 in 2016.

The last Warrior to record more than 62 points in a game was Rick Barry with 64 in 1974.

"Just a brilliant performance," Warriors coach Steve Kerr gushed afterward. "We've seen Steph do so many things. It's just a privilege to coach him. It really is. Not just because of his talent, but because of the way he carries himself and the way he leads. We are incredibly blessed as an organisation to have Steph leading the way."

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Steph Curry is the first player to score more than 30 points in each half of a game since 'Pistol' Pete Maravich did so on February 25, 1977 for the New Orleans Jazz.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, center front, drives to the basket between Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum (3) and center Enes Kanter, center back, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)


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Highlights of the Blazers encounter with the Warriors

Sunday night's NBA results

Detroit Pistons 120-122 Boston Celtics
Memphis Grizzlies 94-108 LA Lakers
Brooklyn Nets 122-123 Washington Wizards
San Antonio Spurs 109-130 Utah Jazz
Minnesota Timberwolves 109-124 Denver Nuggets
Phoenix Suns 107-112 LA Clippers
Chicago Bulls 118-108 Dallas Mavericks
Golden State Warriors 137-122 Portland Trail Blazers
Minnesota Timberwolves Jarrett Culver (23) shoots against Denver Nuggets guards Paul Milsap (4) and Will Barton in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)


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Boston Celtics 122-120 Detroit Pistons

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, center, drives between Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart, left, and guard Josh Jackson during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)


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Highlights of the Celtics dramatic encounter against the Pistons

Jayson Tatum hit a fallaway jumper with 2.9 seconds remaining to give the visiting Celtics a dramatic late win over the Pistons in Sunday's live Sky Sports encounter.

Jaylen Brown led Boston with 31 points, and Tatum had 24 points, 12 assists, eight rebounds and two blocks. Marcus Smart had 17 points and 10 assists, Daniel Theis contributed 15 points and Tristan Thompson added 12 with 11 rebounds.

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Jerami Grant had 22 points and six rebounds for the Pistons. Svi Mykhailiuk had 15 points, while Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose, Josh Jackson and Mason Plumlee added 13 points apiece.

Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum, left, and Tristan Thompson celebrate after a 122-120 win against the Detroit Pistons in an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)


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Celtics' Jayson Tatum scored this game-winning jumper as they defeated the Pistons

Memphis Grizzlies 94-108 LA Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers forward Markieff Morris (88) attempts to steal the ball from Memphis Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke (15) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)


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Highlights of the Lakers win against the Grizzlies

LeBron James bagged 22 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists as the Lakers pulled away late to defeat the Grizzlies and make it three straight wins.

Anthony Davis had 17 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, Montrezl Harrell added 16 points and nine boards, and Wesley Matthews contributed 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 4 of 6 3-pointers. Dennis Schroder added 11 points.

Kyle Anderson scored 18 points and Jonas Valanciunas chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies. Tyus Jones also scored 14, while Desmond Bane had 13.

LA Clippers 112-107 Phoenix Suns

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives as Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)


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Highlights of the LA Clippers against the Phoenix Suns

Paul George scored 39 points as the Clippers held on to beat the Suns after nearly blowing a 31-point lead in a matchup between two of the Western Conferences top early-season teams.

George was 7 of 10 from 3-point range as Kawhi Leonard added 15 points, but shot 4 of 21 from the field, while Luke Kennard came off the bench to add 14 points.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) shoots over the defense of Phoenix Suns guard Langston Galloway during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)


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Paul George scored 39 points as the LA Clippers defeated the Suns

"I had to be aggressive and stay in attack mode," George said. "It is not going to be everybody's night every night. I had to step up and help our best player on the team, help Kawhi. My job is to help him lead and help him score and give him a break from time to time."

At 5-2, the Clippers are now tied with the Suns and Los Angeles Lakers for the West lead.

Utah Jazz 130-109 San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio Spurs' Dejounte Murray (5) drives around Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)


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Highlights as the Jazz handed down more punishment to the Spurs

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 28 points to lead six Utah players in double-figure scoring as the visiting Jazz handed Spurs their fourth straight loss in the Alamo City.

The Jazz won their second straight game by taking control in the second quarter, leading by as many as 21 in that period and taking a 14-point edge into half-time. San Antonio never got closer than 12 points the rest of the way.

Donovan Mitchell added 22 points for Utah, with Jordan Clarkson hitting for 18 off the bench, Mike Conley scoring 15, reserve Joe Ingles adding 13, and Royce O'Neale contributing 11 points and 11 rebounds. Rudy Gobert grabbed 16 rebounds for the Jazz, which garnered a 57-45 edge on the glass.

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Dallas Mavericks 108-118 Chicago Bulls

Chicago Bulls' Zach LaVine (8) drives against Dallas Mavericks' Tim Hardaway Jr. (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)


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Highlights as the Bulls made it three wins from four games

Zach LaVine led all scorers with 39 points and Coby White scored 21 of his 23 points after half-time to boost the host Bulls to their third win in four games.

LaVine shot 14 of 25 from the floor and was 8 of 9 from the free-throw line, outdueling the Mavericks' Jalen Brunson, who scored 31 points on 11-for-17 accuracy from the field.

Chicago Bulls' Zach LaVine (8) goes up to shoot against Dallas Mavericks' Boban Marjanovic (51) and Josh Richardson (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)


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Zach LaVine scored 39 points for the Bulls as they beat the Mavs

Otto Porter Jr. (15 points) and Daniel Gafford (12) also finished in double figures for the Bulls. Wendell Carter Jr., White and Porter grabbed seven boards apiece.

Washington Wizards 123-122 Brooklyn Nets

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) drives around Brooklyn Nets guard Landry Shamet (13) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


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Highlights of the Wizards clash against the Nets

Thomas Bryant converted a go-ahead dunk with 14.9 seconds remaining as the visiting Wizards beat the Nets in New York.

The Wizards constantly got second-chance opportunities but none was bigger than what unfolded on their final possession.

Following a timeout, Bradley Beal missed a step-back jumper over Kevin Durant with 24.4 seconds remaining but Bryant got the offensive rebound with 20.9 seconds left. Beal then regained possession, drove the baseline and when Brooklyn's Jeff Green jumped to provide help, he connected with Bryant, who easily converted the basket.

Bryant also posted a double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds as he shot 9 of 12 from the field to help the Wizards win their second straight following an 0-5 start.

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Denver Nuggets 124-109 Minnesota Timberwolves

Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris shoots against Minnesota Timberwolves center Ed Davis (17) in the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)


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Highlights of the Nuggets against the Timberwolves

Nikola Jokic nailed 19 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists while Jamal Murray scored a season-high 36 points as the Nuggets eased to victory against the Timberwolves.

Denver Nuggets Jamal Murray is congratulated by teammates in the second quarter during an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)


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Jamal Murray scored 36 points to power the Nuggets to victory over the Timberwolves

Facundo Campazzo had a career-high 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point range, JaMychal Green had 14 points and Paul Millsap added 12 for the Nuggets, who stopped a two-game skid and won on the road for the first time this season.

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