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New York Knicks’ Iman Shumpert goes in for a basket as San Antonio Spurs’ Boris Diaw watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Jan 2, in San Antonio. (AP)
Curry’s 36 leads Warriors past Miami Heat 123-114 Thunder falter

MIAMI, Jan 3, (AP): Stephen Curry scored 36 points and handed out 12 assists and David Lee scored 32 points as the Golden State Warriors beat the Miami Heat 123-114 Thursday night and extended the NBA’s longest current winning streak to seven games. Curry was 13 for 22 from the field and 8 for 15 from beyond the arc for Golden State. Lee added 14 rebounds, Klay Thompson scored 16 points and Harrison Barnes had 15 for the Warriors. LeBron James scored 26 points and Dwyane Wade added 22 for the Heat, which had all five starters in double figures. Chris Bosh scored 19, Mario Chalmers had 17 and Shane Battier 11 for Miami. But the Heat allowed Golden State to shoot 56 percent, make 15 of 29 tries from 3-point range, and finish with a 40-31 rebounding edge.

Knicks 105, Spurs 101
In San Antonio, Iman Shumpert scored a career-high 27 points, including the tiebreaking tip-in with 23.4 seconds left, and Carmelo Anthony had 27 points and 12 rebounds in his return from injury as New York surprised San Antonio. Amare Stoudemire added 11 points and Beno Udrih and Andrea Bargnani had 10 each for the Knicks, who ended a three-game losing streak. Marco Belinelli had a career-high 32 points, but missed a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute for San Antonio. The Spurs dropped to 12-5 at home this season. They had won three in a row overall. The Knicks’ skid coincided with Anthony sitting out with a sprained left ankle, but the All-Star forward looked refreshed in revitalizing the team’s struggling offense.

Nets 95, Thunder 93
In Oklahoma City, Joe Johnson hit a high-arching jumper as time expired to give Brooklyn a comeback victory over Oklahoma City. Johnson’s game-winning shot capped an improbable rally from a 16-point second-half deficit for the Nets, led by a season-high 29 points from Deron Williams. Brooklyn trailed 77-61 late in the third quarter, but Williams scored 18 in the second half and helped set the stage for Johnson’s last-second shot. Paul Pierce added 18 points for the Nets. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 24 points. Oklahoma City was playing its fourth straight game without injured All-Star Russell Westbrook. The loss was the second straight for the Thunder, only the second time they’ve lost two in a row this season.

Trail Blazers 134, Bobcats 104
In Portland, Oregon, Wesley Matthews had 25 points, including five of Portland’s 21 3-pointers, as the Trail Blazers routed Charlotte. The Blazers hit their first seven 3-pointers and finished by making 63.6 percent of their 33 attempts. Damian Lillard finished with 24 points, including all six of his 3-point tries. The 21 3-pointers matches a franchise high, set in a 139-105 victory at the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec 14. With the win, Portland upped its record to 26-7 and moved back into the top spot in the Western Conference. It was the season-high fifth-straight loss for the Bobcats, who were coming off a 112-85 loss to the Clippers the night before. Charlotte has lost six straight in Portland. Chris Douglas-Roberts came off the bench to lead the Bobcats with 20 points. Al Jefferson added 19.

Cavaliers 87, Magic 85, OT
In Cleveland, Anderson Varejao hit two crucial jumpers in overtime and tied a franchise record with a career-high 25 rebounds as Cleveland beat Orlando to end a season-high six-game losing streak.
The Cavaliers were playing without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, who missed his first game this season because of a bruised left knee. Irving averages a team-high 22.2 points. Orlando couldn’t hold a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter and Cleveland tied the game on Dion Waiters’ layup with .06 seconds remaining. Varejao’s basket with 2:07 remaining in OT put Cleveland ahead 83-81. He added another basket with 1:34 left and hit two free throws with 23.9 seconds remaining to finish with 18 points. Glen Davis scored 16 points for the Magic, who scored only two points in the extra session.

Bulls 94, Celtics 82
In Chicago, Joakim Noah had 17 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists to help Chicago defeat Boston.
Carlos Boozer added 16 points, Luol Deng 14, Taj Gibson 12 and Mike Dunleavy 11 for the Bulls. Noah had nine assists early in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t get another and fell just short of a triple-double. Butler missed a jumper with 8 seconds left, Noah’s last chance at reaching 10 assists. Jordan Crawford led the Celtics, who have lost two straight, with 22 points.

Grizzlies 99, Suns 91
In Phoenix, Jerryd Bayless scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, coming off the bench to help Memphis overcome Goran Dragic’s career-high 33 points in a win over Phoenix. Bayless helped the Grizzlies recover from the Suns’ 18-0 third-quarter run, giving Memphis a 94-84 lead on a 3-pointer with 4:30 to play. Zach Randolph had 20 points and 15 rebounds in leading the Grizzlies past the Suns for the second time this season. Ed Davis added 16 points and 11 rebounds.

76ers 113, Kings 104
In Sacramento, California, Thaddeus Young had 28 points and Evan Turner had 24 as Philadelphia won its third straight game. Reserve guard Tony Wroten had 21 points for Philadelphia, which ends a six-game road trip Saturday in Portland. Young had a career-high six steals, including five in the first half.
DeMarcus Cousins scored 22 of his 33 points in the opening half for the Kings, who committed 23 turnovers and lost their sixth home game in a row to the 76ers.

Jazz 96, Bucks 87
In Salt Lake City, Gordon Hayward scored 22 points and Derrick Favors had 21 points and 11 rebounds to help Utah hold off Milwaukee. Hayward, Utah’s leading scorer, had failed to reach double digits in the previous two games but was efficient from the start against the Bucks with 18 points in the first half. The Jazz made all 17 free throw attempts and outrebounded the Bucks 43-34 in a matchup of teams with the worst records in each conference.

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