Warriors set record for assists in big win over Lakers
24 Nov 2016 - 10:53
OAKLAND, California: Golden State had a franchise-record 47 assists and used super-accurate shooting to blast past the Los Angeles Lakers 149-106 on Wednesday, led by Stephen Curry who had 31 points with seven 3-pointers and nine assists.
The Warriors' 47 assists — on 53 baskets — are the most in the NBA this season and two more than their previous record, set in 1994.
While a team record fell in Oakland, a personal mark was topped in Cleveland as Kevin Love scored an NBA-best 34 points in the first quarter as the Cavaliers beat Portland in a high-scoring encounter.
Among other key results, San Antonio extended its winning streak to seven games by downing Charlotte, and Toronto retained a share of the Atlantic Division lead by defeating Houston.
Golden State's Kevin Durant scored 28 as the Warriors found an astonishing first-half offensive flow to run away from undermanned Los Angeles.
Golden State had 26 assists on 29 baskets before the break, as in sync as the Warriors have been since adding Durant during the offseason and far better than when they took a 20-point beating at Los Angeles less than three weeks ago.
Rookie No. 2 overall draft pick Brandon Ingram scored a career-best 16 points in his first start for the Lakers, who had no answers defensively as Golden State shot 61.6 percent with 19 3-pointers.
Cleveland's 137-125 win against Portland was set up by Love's extraordinary first quarter and a triple double from LeBron James.
Love, who fell three points shy of the league record of 37 for points in any quarter set by Golden State's Klay Thompson two seasons back, made 11 of 14 field goal attempts, including 8 of 10 on 3-pointers in the first quarter. He finished with 40 points.
James had 31 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists for his second triple-double this season. His 44 career triple-doubles moved him past Guy Rodgers for 17th place on the career assist list. Cleveland also set a franchise record with 20 3-pointers.
Damian Lillard scored 40 points for Portland, including 25 in the second half.
San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points to lead the Spurs to a 119-114 win at Houston.
LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 points to help the Spurs improve to 8-0 on the road this season.
Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 26 points.
Toronto's DeMar DeRozan scored 21 of his 24 points in the third quarter to propel the Raptors to a 115-102 win at Houston.
Toronto had lost on each of its previous nine visits to Houston.
James Harden had 29 points and 15 assists for the Rockets, but also had 12 turnovers.
Atlanta's Dwight Howard had 23 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Hawks past Indiana 96-85.
Indiana rallied to cut Atlanta's lead to a point with 3:42 left in the third quarter, but the Hawks pulled away with a 19-2 run.
Paul Millsap added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks.
Thaddeus Young led the Pacers with 24 points.
The Los Angeles Clippers cruised to a 124-104 win at Dallas in a meeting of the teams with the league's best and worst records.
Austin Rivers had 22 points and Chris Paul scored 18 for the Clippers, who had a 30-6 run across the second and third quarters to set up their 11th win in 12 games.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting in 20 minutes in his return for Dallas after the 13-time All-Star missed eight games with a strained left Achilles tendon.
Harrison Barnes had 22 to lead the Mavericks. At 2-12, they're off to their worst start to a season in 23 years, and their seven straight losses is their longest skid in 18 seasons.
Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins had 36 points and 13 rebounds, leading the Kings over slumping Oklahoma City 116-101.
The Kings had a 36-point third quarter and gradually pulled away in the fourth.
Darren Collison had 21 points for the Kings, who sank 12 3-pointers.
Russell Westbrook nearly had his sixth triple-double of the season, getting 31 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for the Thunder.
Memphis came from 11 points down in the second half to win 104-99 in overtime at Philadelphia, pushing their overall winning streak to six games, and their number of consecutive victories over the 76ers to eight.
Utah's George Hill scored 22 points in his return from an eight-game absence with a thumb injury, helping the Jazz beat Denver 108-83 and end a four-game losing sequence.
Boston's Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points and Avery Bradley had 22 as the Celtics won 111-92 against Boston, which has lost five straight.
Detroit's Andre Drummond had 18 points and 15 rebounds in a 107-84 win for the Pistons against Miami, improving to 6-2 at home against 1-7 on the road.
Phoenix pulled clear in the closing seconds to win 92-87 at Orlando, led by Alex Len's 17 points and 12 rebounds.
New Orleans' Anthony Davis had 45 points in his third 40-plus game of the season, leading the Pelicans over Minnesota 117-96.