NEW YORK — It may not have been quite the performance as his last visit there, but Stephen Curry still dazzled once again in his return to Madison Square Garden.
His Golden State team did as well, routing an uninspired New York Knicks team by a 126-103 count behind Curry’s triple- double accomplished over just three quarters. Just over a year to the day when he exploded at a career-high 54 points and went 11-of-13 from 3-point range in a 109-105 road loss to the Knicks, Curry tallied 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists before taking a seat with the Warriors comfortably ahead at the start of the fourth.
Former Washington State player Klay Thompson also rested the final frame after racking up 25 points, with Jermaine O’Neal adding 15 in just 20 minutes to help Golden State bounce back from Wednesday’s 20-point loss in Chicago. Carmelo Anthony amassed 23 points and 16 rebounds for the Knicks, but shot an inefficient 7-of-26 from the field in New York’s fifth consecutive defeat. Tim Hardaway Jr. finished with 22 points and J.R. Smith had just 17.
Cleveland 99, Utah 79
Kyrie Irving recorded his first career triple-double with 21 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 99-79 win over the Utah Jazz at Quicken Loans Arena. Tristan Thompson deposited an 18-point, 14-rebound double-double, while former University of Washington player Spencer Hawes scored 13 points and pulled down 16 boards for the Cavs, who have won two straight overall and three straight against Utah.
Gordon Hayward paced Utah with 18 points, Richard Jefferson chipped in 13, and Alec Burks added 11 in the loss. The Jazz had their two-game winning streak snapped.
Oklahoma City 113, Memphis 107
Kevin Durant netted 30 of his 37 points in the second half and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Memphis Grizzlies, 113-107.
Russell Westbrook tallied 21 points and six assists, while Serge Ibaka provided 16 points and nine rebounds for Oklahoma City, which snapped its three-game losing streak. Mike Miller recorded all 19 of his points in the fourth and Zach Randolph added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who have dropped two of their last three on the heels of a four-game winning streak.
Chicago 100, Dallas 91
Taj Gibson netted 20 points and pulled down 15 rebounds, as the Chicago Bulls used a fourth-quarter surge to claim a 100-91 triumph over the Dallas Mavericks.
The Bulls trailed 85-84 with 5:07 to play, but Mike Dunleavy drained a 3-pointer to spark a 10-0 Chicago run that gave the visitors a nine-point edge with just 90 seconds remaining. Jimmy Butler registered 19 points and seven boards, while Kirk Hinrich and Dunleavy added 17 and 16 points, respectively, for the Bulls, who have won three straight and eight of their last nine games.
Monta Ellis led Dallas with 20 points, while Dirk Nowitzki and Vince Carter contributed 15 points apiece in the setback, which snapped the Mavericks’ four-game win streak.
San Antonio 92, Charlotte 82
Tim Duncan scored 17 points with 16 rebounds, guiding the San Antonio Spurs to a 92-82 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.
Manu Ginobili scored 15 points, while Marco Belinelli and Patty Mills each scored 14 in San Antonio’s seventh straight win over Charlotte. Kawhi Leonard netted 12 points in the victory. San Antonio has won five of its last six and owns a 17-2 record all-time against Charlotte. Al Jefferson finished with 20 points and seven rebounds for Charlotte, which had its four-game winning streak snapped.
Gary Neal deposited 15 points in his first game action for the Bobcats and Gerald Henderson added 12 points. Josh McRoberts recorded a game-high 10 assists in defeat.
L.A. Lakers 126, Sacramento 122
Jordan Farmar drained eight of Los Angeles’ franchise-record 19 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 30 points, as the Lakers notched a 126-122 triumph over the Sacramento Kings on Friday at Staples Center.
Farmar went 8-of-10 from distance, while the Lakers shot 70.4 percent as a team from beyond the arc en route to a season- high point total. MarShon Brooks supplied 23 points, while Jodie Meeks scored 22 on 8-of-8 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-3 from long range, for the Lakers, who had lost three straight and seven of their last eight games. Pau Gasol also added 22 points and Wesley Johnson chipped in with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Rudy Gay registered a game-high 32 points, while Derrick Williams and Isaiah Thomas each scored 26 for the Kings, who have dropped back-to-back games.
Phoenix 116, New Orleans 104
Goran Dragic scored a career-high 40 points with five assists to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 116-104 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Dragic, who sat out Wednesday’s loss at Utah with a sprained ankle, set his previous career high at 35 last Sunday against Houston.
Markieff Morris scored 18 points, while his brother Marcus added 15 as the Suns snapped their three-game losing streak. Gerald Green added 12 points in the win. Anthony Davis tied a career-high with 32 points to go along with nine rebounds, and Eric Gordon tallied 21 points in the setback, New Orleans’ sixth in a row.