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WHITE-HOT CURRY — Warriors shoot down Pelicans; Jokic drops triple double

SEAN GARDNER/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE STEPHEN Curry delivers his second straight 40-point performance when he scored 42 points to help the Golden State Warriors book a 130-102 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Stephen Curry delivered his second 40-point game of the season as the Golden State Warriors routed the New Orleans Pelicans, 130-102, in the National Basketball Association on Monday at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

Curry, who scored 41 points in Friday’s victory over Sacramento, was once again back to his mesmeric best with a 42-point haul that included seven three-pointers.

New Warriors recruit Chris Paul added 13 points off the bench while Moses Moody and Trayce Jackson-Davis also finished with 13 apiece.

Zion Williamson and C.J. McCollum led the New Orleans scorers with 19 points each.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr was left in awe of Curry’s latest masterpiece.

“He’s white-hot,” Kerr said of Curry.

“It’s amazing watching him. He looks better than ever at 35. But he puts the work in every summer, and keeps looking for ways to get better. He’s constantly searching for edges in his training, just stunning to watch.”

Kerr was also encouraged by his team’s third straight away win following last week’s opening night defeat to Phoenix.

“After opening night, I thought it’s going to take some time, we had to get the new guys accustomed to what we do,” Kerr said.

“It’s incredible to bring Chris Paul off the bench as your back-up point guard — he’s a Hall-of-Famer and still playing at an incredible level.”

“It changes everything when you can start a game off with Steph Curry and then bring on Chris with a great second unit.”

Meanwhile, Nikola Jokic bagged the 107th triple double of his career as the Denver Nuggets extended their unbeaten start to the season with a 110-102 victory over the Utah Jazz.

Serbian star Jokic finished with 27 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in another dominant performance by the reigning NBA champions, who made it four wins out of four after leading virtually from start to finish.

Denver led by 10 points after the first quarter and were always in control thereafter, stretching their advantage to 17 points at one stage in the third quarter.

Jokic’s latest triple double leaves him tied with LeBron James and Jason Kidd for the fourth most triples in NBA history.

Jokic received scoring support from Aaron Gordon, who posted 21 points with seven rebounds while Jamal Murray added 18 points — including a trio of three-pointers — in a comfortable win for Denver.

Lauri Markkanen led Utah in scoring with 27 points.

In Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard combined for 58 points as the Bucks sunk the Miami Heat, 122-114.

 

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