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Friday, Feb. 12, 2010

Warriors end skid

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Rookie Stephen Curry recorded his first triple-double with a career-high 36 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds as the Golden State Warriors beat the Los Angeles Clippers 132-102 to snap a season-high nine-game losing streak Wednesday night.

Anthony Tolliver added a career-high 29 points and Anthony Morrow had 26 points and 10 rebounds for Golden State, which led by as many as 38 while playing without injured leading scorer Monta Ellis.

Curry, the seventh overall pick in the draft, went 11 of 22 from the floor and set a personal best with seven 3-pointers while leading the Warriors to their first win since Jan. 22.

Eric Gordon and Rasual Butler had 16 points apiece for the Clippers, who remained winless in three games since interim coach Kim Hughes replaced Mike Dunleavy.

Ellis sprained his left knee in the fourth quarter of the Warriors' 127-117 loss to Dallas on Monday. He underwent an MRI on Tuesday which determined the injury to be mild, though it's still uncertain when Ellis will return.

Due to the All-Star break this weekend, Golden State doesn't play again until Tuesday against the Lakers in Los Angeles but has four games in a six-day stretch after that.

Ellis' absence was the latest in a series of season-long injuries that have riddled Golden State's lineup. This one robbed the Warriors of their leading scorer and emotional leader.

Lakers 96, Jazz 81

In Salt Lake City, Pau Gasol had 22 points and 19 rebounds and Los Angeles won its third straight without Kobe Bryant, beating Utah and ending the Jazz's nine-game winning streak.

Bryant rested his sore left ankle and the Lakers fared just fine without their superstar, getting 25 points and 11 rebounds from Lamar Odom and 18 points from Jordan Farmar.

Heat 94, Hawks 76

In Atlanta, Jermaine O'Neal scored 19 points, Dwyane Wade had 18 and Miami took advantage of the Hawks' thin bench and pulled away with a 10-0 run in the final period to beat the hosts.

Raptors 104, 76ers 93

In Toronto, Chris Bosh had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Jose Calderon converted a go-ahead four-point play and the Raptors extended their home winning streak to eight games.

Bucks 97, Nets 77

In East Rutherford, N.J., Andrew Bogut scored 22 points and Ersan Ilyasova added 18 as Milwaukee sent the Nets into the All-Star break with loss No. 48.

A storm that dumped more than 30 cm of snow on the New York region kept the crowd at the IZOD Center to a turnstile count of 1,016, most of whom moved to the courtside seats and the first few rows of the lower bowl.

Bobcats 93, Timberwolves 92

In Minneapolis, Nazr Mohammed's dunk with 5.3 seconds left lifted Charlotte past Minnesota.

The Bobcats' Stephen Jackson tied a season high with four 3-pointers and finished with 33 points.

Magic 107, Bulls 87

In Chicago, Dwight Howard had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Orlando pulled away early for its 10th win in 12 games.

The Magic led 41-17 through the first quarter and didn't have to contend with All-Star point guard Derrick Rose after he left with a bruised right hip following a hard foul by Howard in the opening minutes.

Luol Deng led the Bulls with 23 points, his fourth straight game with 20 or more.

Hornets 93, Celtics 85

In New Orleans, Darren Collison scored 13 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter to help the Hornets hold on against Boston.

Trail Blazers 108, Suns 101

In Phoenix, Steve Blake had 20 points and 12 assists, both season highs, and Portland held off a late Suns rally to snap the hosts' five-game winning streak.

Kings 103, Pistons 97

In Auburn Hills, Mich., Kevin Martin scored 26 points and Beno Udrih added 22 to lead Sacramento.

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