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Warriors hold off OKC, home streak at 41

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) With a Super Bowl-sized stage, a celebrity-filled crowd and two championship contenders on the floor, it felt more like late May in Oracle Arena than early February.

Stephen Curry was up to the task.

Curry scored 26 points and keyed a strong closing stretch that sent the Golden State Warriors to their 41st straight regular-season home win, 116-108 over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.


Butler has strain, no ligament damage

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) When All-Star guard Jimmy Butler elevated during the second quarter of a game against Denver on Friday night, he heard a pop in his left knee - the last noise any basketball player wants to hear. The Chicago Bulls braced for the worst when Butler went in for an MRI exam.

After an anxious night of sleep, the Bulls were able to breathe a sigh of relief when the exam revealed that Butler has a strained left knee and no significant ligament damage. There was no immediate timetable for his return, and coach Fred Hoiberg said the team would have a better idea after Butler is examined by team doctors in Chicago on Sunday.


Spurs slip past Lakers, now 28-0 at home

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The San Antonio Spurs have watched helplessly as Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant has tormented them for the better part of the past two decades.

Bryant did so again in his final appearance in San Antonio, but the Spurs were able to enjoy this one.


Irving, James help Cavs win without Love

CLEVELAND (AP) Kyrie Irving and LeBron James wouldn't let another lead get away from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Irving scored 29 points, James added 27 and Cleveland bounced back from two straight losses with a 99-84 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.


Parsons has 26, Mavs top Grizzlies in OT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Dallas Mavericks probably felt like they should have avoided overtime. Chandler Parsons made sure they didn't squander the opportunity for the win in the extra period.

Parsons scored 26 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in overtime, to lead the Mavericks to a 114-110 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night.


Wolves close with 12-0 run to beat Bulls

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) It didn't take long for Andrew Wiggins to show the Chicago Bulls just how badly they're going to miss Jimmy Butler.

With the All-Star and defensive stopper back at home thanks to an injured knee, Wiggins torched the rest of the Bulls' perimeter defense during a dazzling display down the stretch.


George has 30 as Pacers hold off Pistons

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Closing out games is a challenge for the Indiana Pacers.

On Saturday at home against the Detroit Pistons, they nearly blew a 20-point third-quarter lead but got the plays they needed when it mattered most.


Jazz top reeling Suns, push streak to 6

PHOENIX (AP) A fast start was enough to propel the Utah Jazz to their season's-best sixth straight victory.

Rodney Hood scored 25 points, Gordon Hayward added 22 and the Jazz withstood a late Phoenix rally to beat the reeling Suns 98-89 on Saturday night.


Down 19, Hornets rally to beat Wizards

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets guard Nicolas Batum is finally healthy, after dealing with an injured toe the past four weeks.

That was good news for the Hornets, as Batum stepped up with a double-double Saturday night during Charlotte's 108-104 victory over the Washington Wizards. Batum had 26 points and 11 rebounds as the Hornets rallied in the second half to win for the third time in the past four games.


Blazers build big lead, roll by Rockets

HOUSTON (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers were determined that this trip to Houston would end much better than their last visit here when they were stung by a tough overtime loss to the Rockets.

That was clear from the beginning of this one. Damian Lillard had 21 points and 10 assists and the Trail Blazers built a big lead early and rolled to an easy 96-79 win over the Rockets on Saturday.

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