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The Phoenix Suns put a little scare into Golden State Saturday night. Phoenix led by 10 at one point before the inevitable Golden State comeback.

The Suns best highlight of the night: Brandon Knight shook Klay Thompson, dropped him, and hit the shot.

Knight finished with 30. While the Suns made a game of it, the Warriors started the fourth on a 16-3 run, and later threw in a nother 14-0 run to make sure they pulled away for the win behind 35 points, including seven threes, from Stpehen Curry.

Curry’s big fourth quarter rallies Warriors past Suns

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 15 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter and the Golden State Warriors rallied from a nine-point deficit over the final 12 minutes to beat the Phoenix Suns 123-116 on Saturday night.

Curry, who spent most of the third quarter on the bench in foul trouble, made three of his seven 3-pointers in the fourth, including two as part of a 18-8 run to close out the game.

The NBA’s reigning MVP capped his night with a behind-the-back pass to Shaun Livingston for a layup that helped extend the Warriors’ record home winning streak to 48 games.

Golden State (59-6) also stayed one game ahead of the pace of the 1995-96 Bulls, who set an NBA record with 72 wins.

Marreese Speights added 25 points and nine rebounds off the bench, Klay Thompson scored 20 points and Draymond Green had 19 points and six assists.

Phoenix (17-49) didn’t go quietly.

The Suns trailed 68-58 early in the second half but stormed back to take a 95-86 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Brandon Knight sparked Phoenix’s burst with five of his career high-tying seven 3s. Knight, in his second game back after missing almost two months with a groin injury, finished with 30 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

The Warriors opened the final quarter with a 16-3 run but still trailed 108-105 with 5:50 to go.

Curry made two 3s sandwiched around a pair of dunks by Speights. Harrison Barnes then added two free throws to put Golden State up 119-108.

Alex Len and Knight scored on consecutive trips down the floor before Curry’s jumper slammed the door on the Suns.

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Suns: Knight had missed 21 games with a left adductor strain. . Phoenix went into the game leading the NBA with 22.6 fouls a game and was hit with 30 fouls against Golden State. . Len has 10 or more rebounds in a career-high eight straight games. The 7-1 Ukrainian had a double-double before halftime with 17 points and 10 boards. . The Suns have lost seven straight to the Warriors.

Warriors: Andre Iguodala‘s sprained left ankle is serious enough that the team has decided to shut down the veteran forward for the next two weeks. Iguodala, who hurt his ankle in Friday’s win over Portland, will be re-evaluated then before a decision is made what to do next. “It’s a big loss but we have a deep team and guys ready to step in for him,” coach Steve Kerr said.

 

Spurs top Thunder for 41st in a row at home, 3rd longest streak ever

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 93-85 on Saturday night for their 41st straight home victory, the third-longest streak in NBA history.

The Spurs avenged a season-opening loss to the Thunder and made it 32 straight wins to open this season at home, where they haven’t lost in the regular season since last March.

Only Golden State, which had won 47 in a row entering Saturday, and the Chicago teams that won 44 straight in 1995-96 had longer streaks.

LaMarcus Aldridge added 24 points and Tim Duncan had 11 for San Antonio, which extended its lead over Oklahoma City (44-22) to 12 games for the second seed in the Western Conference.

Kevin Durant had 28 points for the Thunder.

The Spurs (56-10) rallied to extend their franchise best start, trailing entering the fourth quarter for just the fourth time in 32 home games this season. Leonard scored nine in the final period.

David West ignited the rally, scoring six straight points to tie the game at 72 with 9 minutes remaining. The veteran forward shouted encouragement to the team after his second basket and closed the run by rushing in to tip in his own missed short jumper.

West finished with eight points.

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Leonard continued the momentum, going 4 for 7 in the fourth quarter. He faked a pass that Russell Westbrook didn’t react to, so the Spurs forward rose and drained an 18-foot jumper on the Oklahoma City point guard. Following a 3-pointer by Danny Green, Leonard crossed over Andre Roberson at the 3-point line and drained a 3 that gave San Antonio an 82-76 lead with 6:30 remaining.

The Thunder had a 15-5 run in the second quarter and handed San Antonio just its fourth halftime deficit of the season at home.

Westbrook finished with 19 points on 5-for-16 shooting.

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Thunder: Oklahoma City is 53-22 since the start of the 2013-14 season with Durant, Westbrook, Roberson, Steven Adams and Serge Ibaka starting. . The Thunder beat the Spurs in the season opener for both teams, closing the game on a 22-9 run to win 112-106 in Oklahoma City.

Spurs: San Antonio set a league record by winning its 51st straight game when shooting a higher field goal percentage than its opponent, breaking a tie with the 1999-00 Los Angeles Lakers. . Leonard or Aldridge has led the Spurs in scoring the past nine games, with the Spurs All-Star frontcourt sharing the honors once over that span. . San Antonio has led at the half in 27 home games this season, trailing just four times and tied once.

 

Warriors, Trail Blazers combine for record 37 made threes (VIDEO)

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Klay Thompson had eight. Stephen Curry seven. Damian Lillard four.

But it wasn’t just the stars, it seemed everyone from Golden State and Portland were hitting threes — the teams combined for a record 37 made threes during the Warriors 128-112 win Friday night in the Bay Area.

They did it efficiently — the teams combined to shoot 37-of-76, which is 48.7 percent.

The game itself was never in doubt. Golden State pulled away with a 17-5 run midway through the first quarter and never looked back, leading by as many as 32 at one point. Curry played all of 1:23 in the fourth.

Ex-Clippers owners Sterlings decide to call off divorce

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his wife, Shelly Sterling, have decided to remain in their six-decade marriage.

The Sterlings are opting out of the divorce that Donald Sterling filed for in August just two weeks before their 60th anniversary, according to a filing this week in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

The move is the latest twist in the long, strange saga of the Sterlings, who ended up selling the Clippers for $2 billion to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in the aftermath of racist comments Donald Sterling made on a recording to a friend that saw him banned from the NBA.

Donald Sterling, 81, cited irreconcilable differences in his divorce filings last year and said the couple had been separated since 2012.

“Notwithstanding all the difficult events of the last two years, the Sterlings have resolved their differences,” Donald Sterling’s attorney, Bobby Samini, wrote in an email Friday to the Los Angeles Times, which first reported on the couple’s reconciliation.

Pierce O’Donnell, Shelly Sterling’s attorney, did not immediately reply to a request for comment from The Associated Press.

In 2014, a recording of Donald Sterling telling friend V. Stiviano not to associate with black people led the NBA to ban him for life and fine him $2.5 million. The recording was leaked weeks after Shelly Sterling sued Stiviano, alleging she was her husband’s mistress.

Donald Sterling gave caustic, combative testimony during a 2014 trial over the team’s sale, saying Shelly Sterling duped him. He called her a “pig” when she tried to approach him after her testimony.

Yet the couple testified at trial last year about their enduring love for each other, displaying cards they gave each other for anniversaries and birthdays.