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Stephen Curry scores 34 points, leads Warriors past Nets

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) With the start of the playoffs just more than a month away, the defending champions are still trying to find consistency for 48 minutes.

Nobody is overly concerned. Not yet. Not with this superstar roster capable of scoring in bunches even after the mind-boggling stretches on both ends that are far from pretty.

Stephen Curry scored 34 points with six 3-pointers, and the Golden State Warriors won their sixth straight since the All-Star break by beating the Brooklyn Nets 114-101 on Tuesday night.

''Right now you can pretty much smell the playoffs coming,'' Curry said. ''I think we understand that we are a talented team and we have championship pedigree. We understand what it takes to win a championship but you can't just turn on the switch of every single detail that needs to go into being the team we want to be come April. So, enough talking really about that, it's just going out and actually doing it and executing and building those habits and the right expectation night in, night out to get ourselves ready for five weeks from now.''

Kevin Durant added 19 points and six rebounds as the Warriors reached 50 wins for the fifth straight season.

''I didn't expect to come out blazing given that we were coming off the trip and a couple days off,'' coach Steve Kerr said.

D'Angelo Russell had 22 points for the Nets, who hung tough through three quarters but couldn't last. They lost by three points at the Clippers on Sunday.

Curry sure didn't seem to be slowed down a bit after the two-time MVP tweaked his troublesome right ankle Friday at Atlanta. He was fine at practice Monday after two days off. Curry scored 11 straight points during a 25-0 run that turned a 14-10 deficit into a 35-14 lead late in the opening quarter.

The Nets came roaring back in a cold, 13-point second quarter by Golden State and took a 53-48 lead into halftime. The Warriors shot 6 for 18 in the second.

''The best team in the world,'' Russell said. ''They struggle a little bit and then they figure it out and then they attack it.''

Draymond Green's 3-pointer from the top with 9:43 to play put the Warriors up 93-81. Green wound up with 16 points, nine assists and five rebounds while committing six turnovers.

Klay Thompson struggled to find his shooting touch early, scoring 18 points and finally making his first 3-pointer with 3:55 to play. He dished out five assists.

Thompson needs two more 3-pointers to reach 200 or more 3s for the sixth straight time, which would tie Curry for an NBA record of most such seasons with 200 or more 3s - and also for doing it in successive years. Ray Allen has the second-most seasons with 200-plus 3s in NBA history at five.

Warriors rookie forward Jordan Bell landed awkwardly on his right ankle and sprained it trying to block a shot by Russell with 8.4 seconds left in the third and hobbled to the bench, grimacing in pain. X-rays were negative and the injury wasn't considered serious.

Bell, who scored five early points, had just made a one-game appearance with Santa Cruz in the G League. He recently missed 14 games with a left ankle injury.

Curry became the seventh player in Warriors history to make 5,000 career field goals. The others: Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry, Chris Mullin, Paul Arizin, Jeff Mullins and Nate Thurmond.

TIP-INS

Nets: Brooklyn allowed Golden State to score 28 points off the Nets' 16 turnovers. ... After making 19 of 45 3-pointers - going 8 for 15 in the fourth quarter - while squandering a 118-110 lead with 3:11 left to the Clippers, the Nets struggled from deep this time at 9 for 34. ... C Jahlil Okafor, who was available Sunday but didn't play after missing five games with the flu, again didn't see action.

Warriors: C David West missed the game with a cyst in his right arm. ... Andre Iguodala went over 13,000 points for his career. ... Golden State won a sixth straight vs. Brooklyn and also sixth consecutive at Oracle. ... The Warriors are 23-3 against the Eastern Conference, including 10-2 at home.

CENTER SCENARIOS

JaVale McGee had 12 points and five rebounds making his sixth straight start in place of Zaza Pachulia and the Warriors improved to 10-0 this season in games when he's out for the opening tipoff.

Kerr made the change but isn't committing for the long haul.

''Nothing is set in stone at that position,'' he said. ''JaVale has done a good job. We kind of played center by committee here for a while now and there is no telling how the rotations will work. It's based on matchups and based on how things are going, but I will definitely lean on all those guys at some point.''

Kerr has liked Pachulia's production off the bench yet will continue to go with rotations based on matchups.

UP NEXT

Nets: At Charlotte on Thursday.

Warriors: Host Spurs on Thursday, going for a fourth straight win against San Antonio after 122-105 home victory Feb. 10.

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Key Players
D. Russell
1 PG
S. Curry
30 PG
32.7 Min. Per Game 32.7
26.7 Pts. Per Game 26.7
6.4 Ast. Per Game 6.4
5.2 Reb. Per Game 5.2
42.2 Field Goal % 49.5
41.6 Three Point % 49.2
73.2 Free Throw % 91.8
  Offensive rebound by Allen Crabbe 0:01
  Caris LeVert missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:06
+ 3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot 0:15
  Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee 0:30
  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:32
+ 1 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson made 1st of 2 free throws 0:32
  Personal foul on Quinn Cook 0:32
  Defensive rebound by Spencer Dinwiddie 0:34
  Quinn Cook missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:38
  Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson 0:45
  Caris LeVert missed jump shot 0:48
Team Stats
Points 101 114
Field Goals 36-85 (42.4%) 47-83 (56.6%)
3-Pointers 9-34 (26.5%) 11-23 (47.8%)
Free Throws 20-25 (80.0%) 9-11 (81.8%)
Total Rebounds 47 45
Offensive 10 5
Defensive 28 36
Team 9 4
Assists 24 30
Steals 7 8
Blocks 1 7
Turnovers 12 17
Fouls 18 18
Technicals 0 1
22 PTS, 3 REB, 8 AST
34 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Nets 20-45 19342721101
home team logo Warriors 50-14 35133828114
Team Stats
away team logo Nets 20-45 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Warriors 50-14 110.4 PPG 45 RPG 26.0 APG
Key Players
D. Russell PG 15.5 PPG 3.9 RPG 5.2 APG 41.4 FG%
S. Curry PG 26.4 PPG 5.1 RPG 6.1 APG 49.5 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Russell PG 22 PTS 3 REB 8 AST
S. Curry PG 34 PTS 6 REB 4 AST
42.4 FG% 56.6
26.5 3PT FG% 47.8
80.0 FT% 81.8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Russell 34 22 3 8 2 0 1 1 9/15 3/6 1/2 1 2 42 0
D. Carroll 28 19 7 2 1 0 0 3 7/19 2/10 3/4 1 6 31 -11
S. Dinwiddie 30 13 3 5 1 0 2 3 4/7 2/4 3/3 0 3 25 -12
A. Crabbe 28 9 5 1 1 0 0 1 3/10 0/5 3/3 2 3 17 -9
J. Allen 20 4 2 0 0 0 3 2 2/3 0/0 0/0 2 0 3 +9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Russell 34 22 3 8 2 0 1 1 9/15 3/6 1/2 1 2 42 0
D. Carroll 28 19 7 2 1 0 0 3 7/19 2/10 3/4 1 6 31 -11
S. Dinwiddie 30 13 3 5 1 0 2 3 4/7 2/4 3/3 0 3 25 -12
A. Crabbe 28 9 5 1 1 0 0 1 3/10 0/5 3/3 2 3 17 -9
J. Allen 20 4 2 0 0 0 3 2 2/3 0/0 0/0 2 0 3 +9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. LeVert 24 10 4 3 2 0 1 2 4/11 1/5 1/2 1 3 21 -5
R. Hollis-Jefferson 24 9 6 3 0 0 2 3 2/9 0/0 5/6 1 5 19 -1
D. Cunningham 23 7 4 1 0 0 1 1 3/4 1/1 0/0 1 3 12 -19
J. Harris 22 6 4 1 0 1 2 1 1/5 0/2 4/5 1 3 11 -18
Q. Acy 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 0 2 +1
T. Mozgov - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Doyle - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Stauskas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Okafor - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Whitehead - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Webb - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 101 38 24 7 1 12 18 36/85 9/34 20/25 10 28 183 -65
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Curry 33 34 6 4 3 1 3 2 12/20 6/12 4/5 1 5 49 +11
K. Durant 34 19 6 3 0 1 3 3 7/16 2/2 3/4 0 6 29 -3
K. Thompson 38 18 5 5 1 0 2 1 8/15 2/5 0/0 0 5 32 +8
D. Green 36 16 5 9 0 1 6 2 7/10 1/2 1/1 0 5 34 +6
J. McGee 14 12 5 1 1 1 0 0 6/7 0/0 0/0 1 4 21 +3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Curry 33 34 6 4 3 1 3 2 12/20 6/12 4/5 1 5 49 +11
K. Durant 34 19 6 3 0 1 3 3 7/16 2/2 3/4 0 6 29 -3
K. Thompson 38 18 5 5 1 0 2 1 8/15 2/5 0/0 0 5 32 +8
D. Green 36 16 5 9 0 1 6 2 7/10 1/2 1/1 0 5 34 +6
J. McGee 14 12 5 1 1 1 0 0 6/7 0/0 0/0 1 4 21 +3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Iguodala 25 6 6 4 3 0 1 4 3/4 0/0 0/0 0 6 22 +12
J. Bell 10 5 2 0 0 2 0 2 2/2 0/0 1/1 0 2 9 +24
S. Livingston 14 4 1 2 0 1 1 1 2/5 0/0 0/0 0 1 9 -5
N. Young 14 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 1 +2
K. Looney 15 0 5 1 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 3 2 7 +5
Q. Cook 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 +2
O. Casspi - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. McCaw - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Boucher - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Pachulia - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. West - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 114 41 30 8 7 17 18 47/83 11/23 9/11 5 36 213 +65