CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker scored 27 of his 31 points in the second half, and the Charlotte Bobcats ruined Stephen Curry’s homecoming with a wire-to-wire 115-111 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Monday night.
Curry overcame a slow start to finish with a season-high 43 points, 32 of them coming in the second half.
Curry, a Charlotte native who burst on the national scene while playing at nearby Davidson College, scored 19 points in the fourth quarter, including a 27-footer with a hand in his face to cut the Bobcats’ lead to 111-109 with 11 seconds left.
But the Warriors (12-10) couldn’t contain Walker, and the point guard hit four free throws in the final 11 seconds to seal the victory.
KINGS 112, MAVERICKS 97
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — DeMarcus Cousins had 32 points and 19 rebounds, and Derrick Williams scored a career-high 31 to pace Sacramento to the victory over Dallas.
Using just 10 players, the Kings led by 19 points after three quarters and by as many as 24 points in the fourth in winning their second straight.
Earlier in the day, the Kings completed a seven-player deal with Toronto that brought them Rudy Gay, Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy. Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes went to the Raptors.
CLIPPERS 94, 76ERS 83
PHILADELPHIA — Blake Griffin scored 26 points, Chris Paul added 25 points and 13 assists, and short-handed Los Angeles defeated Philadelphia.
DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and a season-high 21 rebounds, and Jared Dudley scored 10 points for the Clippers, who won their second straight.
NUGGETS 75, WIZARDS 74
WASHINGTON — Wilson Chandler scored 17 points, Nate Robinson added 16, and Kenneth Faried had a key block and transition dunk with 33 seconds left to lift Denver past Washington.
Washington had three possessions after Faried put Denver ahead, but John Wall missed a layup, Trevor Ariza missed a 3-pointer, Chandler blocked a layup try by Garrett Temple, and Robinson stripped the ball from Wall in the closing seconds.
TRAIL BLAZERS 105,
SALT LAKE CITY — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points and Damian Lillard added 17 to propel Portland past Utah.
Robin Lopez chipped in 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Wesley Matthews added 16 points for the Blazers, who bounced back with their second win over Utah this season after losing to Dallas on Saturday to snap a four-game winning streak.
GRIZZLIES 94, MAGIC 85
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Zach Randolph had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Jon Leuer added 16 points and a career-best 12 boards to lead the short-handed Memphis over Orlando.
No. 23 Iowa 92, Fairleigh Dickinson 59
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Gabe Olaseni tied a career high with 14 points and had 10 rebounds as Iowa blew past Fairleigh Dickinson for its 10th win.
By wire sources