Stephen Curry scored 23 points for the Golden State Warriors in his anticipated return after missing more than four months with a broken left hand, but his team still went down 121-113 to the Toronto Raptors last night.
After being sidelined 58 games, Curry led Golden State out of the tunnel to a big ovation. He missed his first two shots but had three quick assists, including a no-look, behind-the-back dish to Andrew Wiggins. He also finished with seven assists in 26 minutes.
The two-time MVP hit a 17-footer for his first basket early in the second quarter, then got a huge reaction for a 3-pointer from well beyond the arc shortly before halftime. He was 3 of 11 from 3-point range for the game.
“It feels like the first day of school pretty much all over again,” the 31-year-old Curry said earlier in the day after shootaround. “It’s kind of just getting back to enjoying playing basketball at the highest level. There’s a process to that.”
Norman Powell scored a career-high 37 points for Toronto, which clinched a playoff berth with the win in a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals.
Kyle Lowry added 26 points and 10 assists, and Serge Ibaka had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors.
Damion Lee scored 23 points and Marquese Chriss had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors, who have lost 10 straight at home.
Golden State hasn’t won at home since beating Orlando 109-95 on January 18.
Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and the Los Angeles Clippers rolled over Houston 120-105 for its sixth straight victory.
The Rockets were done in by their shooting woes in a game that was billed as a matchup of two of the top teams in the Western Conference, but was a rout almost from the start. Houston had a chance to take the season series and secure the tiebreaker over the Clippers, but the loss left the teams tied 2-2.
Russell Westbrook led the Rockets with 29 points and 15 rebounds. James Harden was 4 of 17 and missed all eight 3-pointers he attempted to finish with 16 points. The two stars and most of the other starters on both teams didn’t play for much of the fourth quarter with the game out of reach.
Jamal Murray hit a running, off-balance 13-footer from the baseline with 5.1 seconds left to help the Denver Nuggets overcome an eight-point fourth quarter deficit to beat the Charlotte Hornets 114-112..
Murray had 18 points, and Nikola Jokic added 14 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.
Devonte Graham had 24 points and seven assists for the Hornets. P.J, Washington added 20 points and Terry Rozier had 19. Rozier’s 3-pointer at the buzzer rimmed out.
Tobias Harris had 28 points and 14 rebounds and the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers beat the Sacramento Kings 125-108 for its first road win in more than a month.
Shake Milton scored 20 points and Al Horford had 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Sixers, who also won in Sacramento for the first time since 2015. Alec Burks added 17 points and Raul Neto had 16.
De’Aaron Fox had 23 points and seven assists for Sacramento. Buddy Hield scored 22.
Philadelphia ended its nine-game road losing streak while continuing to play without Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Embiid sat out a fourth straight game because of a left shoulder sprain, while Simmons missed his sixth straight with a nerve impingement in his back.