A career-high 62 points were scored by Steph Curry to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 137-122 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. From the opening whistle, Curry was on fire, scoring 21 points to take a 31-point cushion in the first quarter and a 66-54 Warriors lead into halftime.
While Damian Lillard tried to bring Portland back into the game, the offensive fireworks of Curry were unstoppable: he struck 18 out of 31 throws from the field, including eight out of 16 from half court, while Lillard contributed 32 points, four rebounds and four assists.62 PTS18-31 FG8-16 3PT Stephen Curry’s career-high night pic.twitter.com/kh1uR6ubOy- Golden State Warriors (@warriors) January 4, 2021 The loss pushes Brooklyn out of the top eight in the Eastern Conference with four losses and three wins.A late basket and a stop by Jayson Tatum led the Boston Celtics to a two-point victory over the Detroit Pistons. The win pic.twitter.com/f9OuJsUwvo- Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 3, 2021 Today’s @JetBlue Play of the Game solidified the win pic.twitter.com/f9OuJsUwvo- Boston Celtics (@celtics) January 3, 2021Tatum sunk a fallaway jumper to put the Celtics ahead with 2.9 seconds remaining before stopping Blake Griffin to seal the victory 122-120. In the Chicago Bulls’ 118-108 victory over the Dallas Mavericks, Zach Lavine scored 39 points. In the victory, Coby White added 23 points and seven rebounds, while, in the absence of Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson chipped in with 31 points for Dallas. To secure their fifth victory of the season, 112-107, the Los Angeles Clippers fended off a late rally by the Phoenix Suns. Image.twitter. Com/B2E8fubuWx- LA Clippers (@LAClippers) January 4, 2021 Despite scoring 15 fewer points in the second half, Paul George’s 39-point output was enough to bring the Clippers over the line. A collective effort helped the Utah Jazz beat the San Antonio Spurs 130-109. In the fourth quarter, the Los Angeles Lakers scored 31 points to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 108-94 and Nikola Jokic scored a triple-double en route to a 124-109 victory over the Timberwolves of Minnesota.