- Associated Press - Sunday, January 31, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Klay Thompson woke the Warriors from their slowest start of the season with 17 of his 34 points in the second quarter, Draymond Green tied the franchise record with his ninth triple-double and Golden State beat the New York Knicks 116-95 on Sunday night for its seventh straight victory.

Green made all nine shots as the Warriors (44-4) wrapped up January at 40 games over .500 even with a quiet 13 points from Stephen Curry. He was 5 for 17 from the field on a court where he’s enjoyed some big performances.

Green finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Warriors, who were held to a season-low 18 points in the first quarter. They charged back with 64 over the middle two quarters - the Knicks had only 65 through three - and looked back to normal after a sluggish win Saturday in Philadelphia.

Green, who leads the league in triple-doubles, matched Hall of Famer Tom Gola’s total from the 1959-60 season.

Carmelo Anthony had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks, who lost for the fifth time in six games.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jamal Crawford scored 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, leading a dominant bench effort for the second straight game, and Los Angeles defeated Chicago for its fourth consecutive victory.

J.J. Redick added 21 points and DeAndre Jordan had 17 points and 20 rebounds for the Clippers, who improved to 15-3 without Blake Griffin. Their four-game streak has coincided with Griffin being ruled out at least a month after breaking his right hand while punching the team’s assistant equipment manager.

Jimmy Butler scored 23 points, Derrick Rose added 20 and Pau Gasol had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls. They’ve lost four of six and dropped to 10-11 on the road.

HEAT 105, HAWKS 87

MIAMI (AP) - Chris Bosh scored 18 points and Miami extended its winning streak to four games with a victory over Atlanta.

Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng each had 17 points and Amar’e Stoudemire finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat, who led by as many as 22 and never trailed.

It is Miami’s first four-game winning streak in the regular season since March 28 to April 2, 2014.

Paul Millsap and Al Horford each scored 17 for Atlanta, which got 15 points from Jeff Teague. The Hawks have lost three straight.

Miami passed Atlanta for first place in the Southeast Division and also moved ahead of Boston for the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference.


DALLAS (AP) - Deron Williams scored 27 points and Dallas won without Dirk Nowitzki, surging past the lowly Phoenix Suns.

Dwight Powell had six straight points for all his scoring to give the Mavericks the lead for good in the fourth quarter.

Nowitzki sat out the opener of a back-to-back set and the first of Dallas’ five games in seven nights. The Mavericks were hoping they could rest their 37-year-old leading scorer and still beat a team with 13 straight road losses.

Dallas did that thanks to a 23-5 run over the final 9 minutes and gave up its fewest points in the fourth quarter this season, outscoring Phoenix 23-9.

Powell’s points turned a 75-74 deficit into an 80-75 lead.

Rookie guard Devin Booker led the Suns in scoring for the third straight game with 19 points.


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Evan Fournier scored 24 points and Aaron Gordon had 19 points and 14 rebounds as Orlando snapped an eight-game losing streak with a win over Boston.

Rookie swingman Mario Hezonja scored 17 points, Tobias Harris had 16 and Nikola Vucevic had 16 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Magic.

Marcus Smart led Boston with 26 points. Isaiah Thomas added 23 and Avery Bradley scored 22.

The loss stopped a five-game win streak for the Celtics, who beat Orlando 113-94 two nights earlier.

The Magic trailed 95-90 when Harris converted a three-point play to start an 18-2 run that gave Orlando control for the first time. Fournier made two 3-pointers and Hezonja added another during the spurt.

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