Curry breaks 3-point record


February 27, 2016
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates after making a 3-pointer from near the half-court line at the end of the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic in Orlando, Florida on Thursday. The Warriors won 130-114.

ORLANDO, Florida (AP):

Golden State's Stephen Curry scored 51 points and set an NBA record with at least one 3-pointer for the 128th consecutive game as the Warriors won 130-114 at Orlando on Thursday.

Curry notched his third 50-point haul of the season as the Warriors remained 3-1/2 games clear in the fight over the NBA's best record ahead of San Antonio, who won convincingly at Utah.

The surprise result of the day came at New Orleans, where the Pelicans held on to beat a fast-finishing Oklahoma City.

Golden State pulled away from Orlando late in the third quarter and improved to 52-5; the best record from 57 games in league history, breaking the record held by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.

Curry made 20 of 27 shots from the field, going 10 of 15 on 3-pointers. His 128-game streak of scoring from beyond the arc bettered the previous mark held by Kyle Korver.

He is the first player to record three 50-point games in a season since LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in 2008-09.

Evan Fournier led Orlando with 20 points.

San Antonio overcame a slow start to win 96-78 at Utah and bring up a fourth successive road win.

Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points, including two baskets in a 9-0 run that put the Spurs ahead to stay in the second quarter.

Tim Duncan had 14 points and 11 rebounds for San Antonio.

Derrick Favors' 25 points led the Jazz, which set a new season low for points scored.

bench players

New Orleans' Anthony Davis scored 30 points and blocked four shots to lead the Pelicans past Oklahoma City 123-119.

He was supported by a strong performance from bench players: Ryan Anderson scored 26 points in a little less than 26 minutes while Jrue Holiday added 22 points, also in fewer than 26 minutes. Backup point guard Toney Douglas scored 12 points in 14 minutes, with 10 points coming in the fourth quarter.

Russell Westbrook scored 44 points and Kevin Durant 32 for Oklahoma City, who trailed by 12 with a little more than three minutes left but got within two with 13 seconds left.

Holiday made a pair of clutch free throws shortly after for the final margin.

Houston's James Harden scored 46 points and the Rockets overcame a 21-point, third-quarter deficit to beat Portland 119-104 and snap the Trail Blazers' six-game winning streak.

Boston extended its home winning streak to nine games by downing Milwaukee 112-107, with all five Celtics starters scoring in double figures.

Phoenix lost 116-106 at home against struggling Brooklyn, pushing the Suns' losing skid to 13 games; equalling a franchise worst.

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