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OAKLAND---Stephen Curry had
34 points and nine assists, and
the Golden State Warriors rallied
from an early 17-point deficit to
beat Oklahoma City 114-109 on
Thursday night after Thunder
star Kevin Durant left with a
sprained right ankle.
Durant scored a season-high
30 points on 10-for-13 shooting
in a spectacular first half that
ended with him stepping on Mar-
reese Speights foot. The Thunder
said Durant had a mild ankle
sprain, and the NBA MVP did not
Oklahoma City had won seven
straight games, which was the
longest active streak in the league
after Memphis snapped Golden
State s 16-game winning streak
Curry added seven rebounds,
and Klay Thompson scored 19
points for the Warriors, who
played without injured center
Andrew Bogut (right knee) and
forward David Lee (left hamstring)
Russell Westbrook led the
Thunder with 33 points.
Pelicans 99, Rockets 90
HOUSTON---Anthony Davis had
30 points, 14 rebounds and five
blocks to lead New Orleans over
The Pelicans trailed by one early
in the fourth quarter before using
a 7-0 run to take a 79-73 lead
and they didn t trail again. Ryan
Anderson scored the last five
points in that spurt to help New
Orleans snap a six-game skid in
Jrue Holiday added 16 points
with 10 assists for New Orleans
and Anderson had 16 points.
James Harden scored 21 and
Dwight Howard had 17 points
with 13 rebounds for the Rockets,
who lost for just the second time
in nine games.
Harden entered leading the
NBA in scoring and had scored
more than 40 points in two of
his last three games. But he had
a tough night by his standards
and made just eight of 23 shots.
Bulls 103, Knicks 97
CHICAGO---Jimmy Butler scored
a career-high 35 points and
Chicago beat New York in a game
missing All-Stars Derrick Rose
and Carmelo Anthony.
Playing without Rose, who sat
out with an illness, the Bulls got
another strong game from Butler.
He was 11 of 21 from the floor
with four three-pointers, five
rebounds, seven assists and four
Still, the Bulls had trouble
shaking a short-handed New York
team that s lost three straight and
13 of 14.
Pau Gasol scored 20 points for
Chicago, which went on a 12-0
run in the fourth quarter to take
an 87-77 lead.
The Knicks were led by Tim
Hardaway Jr, who had 23 points
and five three-pointers.
Anthony was sidelined with a
sore left knee. New York also was
without Andrea Bargnani (right
hamstring), Cleanthony Early
(right knee), Iman Shumpert (left
shoulder) and JR Smith (left foot).
Bucks 108, Kings 107
Knight scored 20 points and Mil-
waukee spoiled DeMarcus
Cousins return to the struggling
With their inside game lacking
due to missing players, the Bucks
shot well from the perimeter for
much of the night in winning
their third in four games. They
went 10 of 14 from three-point
range in the first half and made
13 overall from beyond the arc.
OJ Mayo and Jared Dudley
added 19 points apiece for Mil-
waukee, outscored 48-26 in the
paint. Playing for the first time
in more than three weeks, Cousins
looked fatigued at times but still
had 27 points, 11 rebounds and
five assists in nearly 33 minutes
for the Kings.
He missed a 15-foot jumper at
the buzzer that would have won
it. Cousins sat out 10 straight
games with viral meningitis, and
the Kings went 2-8 in his absence.
He last played November 26 at
Ben McLemore scored 22
points, and Rudy Gay had 20
points and nine rebounds. Sacra-
mento has dropped five straight
and 10 of 12.
The Kings were playing their
second game since the surprise
firing Sunday of coach Michael
Malone, who was replaced by
interim coach Tyrone Corbin.
Warriors overcome slow
start to beat Thunder
BOSTON---The Boston Celtics traded
point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on
Thursday, cutting ties with the last rem-
nant of their last NBA championship
while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mav-
ericks a chance at another title.
The Celtics will send Rondo and forward
Dwight Powell to Dallas for Jameer Nelson,
Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright, two draft
picks and a $12.9 million trade exception.
Boston got a first-round pick in next
year s draft and a second-rounder in 2016.
The Celtics have eight first-round picks
in the next four years, picking them up in
trades for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce
and even coach Doc Rivers as they shed
the pieces of the New Big Three that earned
the franchise its unprecedented 17th NBA
title in 2008.
"We would not have won Banner 17
without Rajon and will always consider
him one of our most valuable Celtics," the
team s owners said in a joint statement.
"We will always cherish the time he was
The Mavericks get a pass-first point
guard---a four-time all-star---to team with
Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, Chandler Parsons
and Tyson Chandler in what they hope
will make them a contender again. Dallas
is 19-8 this season but in third place in
the Southwest Division and sixth in the
The Mavericks, who won their only NBA
title in 2011, have not won a playoff series
The deal has been years in the making,
with the Celtics shopping Rondo every
time a coach grows tired of his moods or
his contract expectations grow too large
for their budget. But every previous time
Boston management decided that the offers
weren t enough.
Celtics general manager Danny Ainge
found a partner in Dallas, which is coached
by his former Boston teammate Rick
NOVI SAD---Former NBA center Darko
Milicic, a 7-foot Serb who spent 10 years
with various teams after being the second
overall pick in the 2003 draft behind
LeBron James, has lost his first kickboxing
The 29-year-old Milicic sustained a
bloody cut on his left leg in the first round
of an exhibition match Thursday night
against Serbian fighter Radovan Radojcic.
The World Kickboxing Association bout
had to be stopped in the second round on
doctor s orders.
"The next time, it will be better," Milicic
said. "I m invincible."
The Detroit Pistons bypassed Carmelo
Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade
to take Milicic with the second pick in
2003. The team then went on to win the
2004 NBA title. Milicic, who has been
without an NBA contract for two years,
also played for Orlando, Memphis, New
York, Minnesota and Boston during his
time in the league. (AP)
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, left, celebrates with Draymond Green after Curry scored in the final
seconds of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night in Oakland,
California. Warriors won 114-109. AP PHOTO
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