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First Stephen Curry passes father Dell in career points, then misses game winner (VIDEOS)

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Stephen Curry is not out of his shooting slump. Not close. Tired legs or just another slump, he was just 10-of-27 from the floor.

That included missing a potential game-winner. Curry hit a floater with 19.7 seconds left to put the Warriors in the lead, but after two Andrew Wiggins‘ free throws the Warriors needed another bucket. Golden State forced the ball back to Curry as he cut to the left, he fumbled it, got control, surveyed his options, and went with a contested jumper over Ricky Rubio that missed. The Warriors lost again.

On the bright side for family bragging rights in the Curry household, Stephen knocked down a three that moved him past his father Dell for career points.

Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge out indefinitely due to “minor heart arrhythmia”

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The Spurs are the NBA’s best “next man up” franchise, they rarely seem to lose a beat when a player misses time, but this is going to be much tougher to overcome.

The Spurs announced that big man LaMarcus Aldridge will be out indefinitely due to “minor heart arrhythmia.” From the official press release:

All parties have concluded that at the current time it is best for Aldridge to refrain from play until further tests and examinations are completed.

First, let’s hope this is nothing serious. A heart arrhythmia is when the heart beats too fast, too slow or irregularly — the sensation is that of a “fluttering” heart or a heart that is racing. It means the electrical impulses that control the heart beats are off, and there are a variety of treatments depending on the cause. However, playing basketball at a high level is not conducive to fixing the problem.

Aldridge was an All-Star and an All-NBA player last season who is averaging 19.1 points and 8.3 rebounds a game for San Antonio this season. While he is out Pau Gasol will slide into the starting lineup (next to Dewayne Dedmon), but that will hurt the Spurs depth. Their recent run of success — 10-2 in their last 12 — has been in part tied to Gasol’s move to the bench.

The Spurs will be without Kawhi Leonard against the Warriors Saturday night, Leonard is still in the league’s concussion protocol. The Warriors will be resting just about everyone you can name off their team for the nationally televised game.

Bradley Beal puts up 38 and 10, gets Wizards key win over Kings in OT (VIDEO)

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The Wizards, Celtics, and Raptors are in a push down the stretch to avoid the four seed (read: play the Cavaliers in the second round), trying to set up a potentially deep playoff run.

Bradley Beal was the Wizards’ best player down the stretch and into overtime against the Kings Friday night. What was driving him?

Beal put up 38 points and had 10 rebounds on the night.

Beal and the Wizards are now in a virtual tie with Boston, 2.5 games up on Toronto (the Wizards and Celtics are 2.5 back of the Cavaliers).

Nikola Jokic returns to lineup, puts up 21 and 10, Nuggets beat Celtics (VIDEO)

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Nikola Jokic had missed a couple of games due to illness.

Bad news for Boston, the Denver big man was back Friday night. He only played 23 minutes, but he had 21 points, 10 boards, and seven assists in that time.

Jokic (along with 23 from Wilson Chandler) helped Denver beat Boston 119-99, a key win for the Nuggets as they try to hold off Portland for the eighth seed in the West.

Andrew Wiggins comes up big to lift Wolves over Warriors, 103-102

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Stephen Curry got free for a clean look, and a record crowd at Target Center held its collective breath when he let it fly. Like it has so often during a remarkable slump for the game’s best shooter, the ball clanked off the rim again.

Like they have so often during a late-season surge toward playoff contention, the Minnesota Timberwolves walked off the court winners again.

Andrew Wiggins scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half and hit the go-ahead free throws with 12.8 seconds left to lift the Timberwolves to a 103-102 victory over the scuffling Golden State Warriors on Friday night.

Ricky Rubio had 17 points and 13 assists, and Karl-Anthony Towns scored 23 points to give the Timberwolves their sixth win in eight games as they try to chase down the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoff race. They trail Denver by 2 1/2 games.

“We are learning and getting experience,” Rubio said. “These games are meaning a lot. We are going after it.”

Klay Thompson scored 30 points for Golden State, but Curry’s struggles continued in the Warriors’ second straight loss and fourth in six games without injured star Kevin Durant. Curry scored 26 points, but was just 10 for 27 from the field and 1 for 8 from 3-point range. And he missed an 18-footer in the closing seconds that would have won the game.

Wiggins missed a pair of free throws with 29 seconds left that would have given the Wolves a three-point lead. After Curry hit a floater for a 102-101 Golden State lead, Wiggins responded by calmly knocking down two in a row.

“I missed two but I made the two most important ones of the night,” Wiggins said.

Before a two-game skid against Washington and Chicago last week, the Warriors had gone a league-record 146 straight regular-season games without consecutive losses. Their next streak lasted just two.

In his last 13 games, Curry was shooting 29.7 percent from 3-point range and he missed his first four from long range on Friday night. Three of them were wide open, catch-and-shoot looks that didn’t go down and the other was one of his patented crossover-stepbacks that glanced off the rim.

His first 3 of the night splashed through with 7:59 to go in the third quarter, but missed his next two to keep the floodgates closed. The Warriors were down 14 to start the fourth, but Curry scored nine points in the final four minutes before missing his last shot.

“You take that shot that Steph got any day of the week,” Thompson said. “It went in and out.”

TIP-INS

Warriors: Curry needed 14 points to surpass his father, Dell, in career scoring. Dell Curry scored 12,670 points in his career. … G Shaun Livingston was given the night off to rest. … The Warriors gave up 34 points in the first quarter, the fourth time in the last seven games they’ve allowed at least 30 in the opening frame.

Timberwolves: G Brandon Rush returned to the starting lineup after sitting out on Wednesday because of an illness. … The attendance of 20,412 set a Target Center record. … Towns had just four points on 2-for-8 shooting in the second half.

WEARY WARRIORS

The Warriors are at the tail end of a stretch of eight games in eight different cities in 13 days. Coach Steve Kerr said after the game he planned to rest Curry, Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala against the Spurs on Saturday night.

FALSE START

The teams had to be called back onto the court after the players had reached the locker room for the halftime break after a timing problem. The players thought the half had ended on a goaltending violation by Shabazz Muhammad, but replays showed there was still 0.6 seconds left on the clock. Referee Kenny Mauer called everyone back to finish the half, so the players trudged back on to the court to inbound the ball.

Rubio fired up a three-quarter court heave and then everyone went back to the locker room again.