Warriors set record for assists in big NBA win
OAKLAND, California (AP):
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 their 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 per cent 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.
Other results: Atlanta Hawks 96 Indiana Pacers 85; Los Angeles Clippers 124 Dallas Mavericks 104; Sacramento Kings 116 Oklahoma City Thunder 101; Memphis Grizzles 104 Philadelphia 76ers 99; Utah Jazz 108 Denver Nuggets 83; Detroit Pistons 101 Miami Heat 84; Phoenix Suns 92 Orlando magic 87.
New Orleans' Anthony Davis had 45 points in his third 40-plus game of the season, leading the Pelicans over Minnesota 117-96.