Curry-less Warriors blown out by Mavs 114-91
The Golden State Warriors flopped without Stephen Curry getting blown out for just their second loss of the season behind 23 points for Dallas' J.J. Barea in a 114-91 victory for the Mavericks on Wednesday.
Curry missed his first game of the season with a lower left leg bruise. But the Warriors (29-2) still have the best 31-game start in NBA history, a game better than four teams.
Klay Thompson, the other half of the Splash Brothers, couldn't make up for Curry's absence, going 4 of 15 for 10 points.
Ian Clark led the Warriors with 21.
Zaza Pachulia had 14 points and 15 rebounds and Dirk Nowitzki added 18 and eight boards for the Mavericks, who won their fourth straight game without injured point guard Deron Williams.
The Mavericks went up by 30 at 83-53 on a 3-pointer by Wesley Matthews, who had 13 points. The Warriors, who fell behind for good with eight minutes left in the first quarter, didn't get closer than 17 after that.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and 12 rebounds and the Spurs routed the Phoenix Suns 112-79 for their 19th straight home win to start the season.
San Antonio successfully rang out an eventful 2015 that saw them add Aldridge in free agency after being bounced from the opening round of the play-offs and open the season with a franchise record home winning streak.
The Spurs also extended their franchise record home winning streak to 28 straight games dating to last season.
Kawhi Leonard had 19 points, Manu Ginobili added 13 and Tony Parker had 12 points and seven assists for San Antonio.
Tim Duncan missed his third straight game due to right knee soreness, but he wasn't needed in a game where Aldridge, Leonard and Parker all sat out the fourth quarter.
BEATING THE BUZZER
Jimmy Butler tipped in a basket with 1.2 seconds left in overtime and the Chicago Bulls beat the Indiana Pacers 102-100 despite playing without Derrick Rose.
Butler scored 28 points and Aaron Brooks had 29 points to help Chicago win their third in four games. Rose was scratched an hour before the game with right hamstring tendinitis.
Nik Vucevic had 20 points and nine rebounds. The Orlando Magic rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-93 and J.J. Redick scored 26 points. Austin Rivers added a season-best 22, and the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Charlotte Hornets 122-117.
Also Wednesday, the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Utah Jazz 94-80, the Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards 94-91, the L.A Lakers downed the Boston Celtics 112-104 and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver 110-103.