Playing without All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo, the road-weary Boston Celtics looked old and slow as they were blitzed for the second straight game in a 101-83 loss to the Golden State Warriors, who notched their third straight win.
Stephen Curry had 22 points and nine assists for Golden State, which shot a blistering 12-of-19 from the arc. Curry was 4-of-5, Harrison Barnes was 3-of-4, Klay Thompson was 3-of-6 and Jarrett Jack was 2-of-4. Boston was coming off Thursday’s 106-77 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, its sixth setback in its last seven road games. Courtney Lee scored a season-high 18 points in place of Rondo for the Celtics, who fell below .500 for the first time since November 6.
Russell Westbrook scored 28 points and Kevin Durant added 26 as the visiting Oklahama City Thunder won for the 14th time in 16 games and dealt the Houston Rockets their worst loss of the season. Brandon Jennings scored 25 points for the host Milwaukee Bucks, who blitzed the Miami Heat with a 35-point fourth quarter. Dwyane Wade returned from a one-game suspension to score 24 points for Miami. Italy’s Marco Belinelli scored 17 points as the host Chicago Bulls handed the Washington Wizards their ninth loss (87-77) in 10 games. Rudy Gay scored eight of his 19 points in the final five minutes for the host Memphis Grizzlies, who held the Denver Nuggets to a season low (81-72).DPA