THE GOLDEN STATE Warriors suffered a surprise NBA loss last night as the San Antonio Spurs’ fine start to the season continued.
A day after crushing the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Warriors went down to the Los Angeles Lakers 117-97. The Spurs had no such problems against the Utah Jazz as Kawhi Leonard led them to a 100-86 victory.
The Warriors were surprise losers as they were beaten by the Lakers despite 27 points from Kevin Durant.
Stephen Curry had a double-double of 13 points and 11 assists but went 0-for-10 from three-point range. It ended Curry’s record streak of 157 straight games with a three-pointer made. The Lakers had an even contribution, with Julius Randle leading the way with his 20 points and 14 rebounds.
The Spurs improved to 5-1 on the back of a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds from Leonard. LaMarcus Aldridge (19 points) and Patty Mills (16) also had double-digits in points. The Spurs never looked back after making a strong start, outscoring the Jazz 27-17 in the first quarter.
The Mavericks slipped to a fifth loss as they went down to the Portland Trail Blazers 105-95. Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 42 points, four rebounds and four assists.
The Pelicans are 0-6 after suffering a 112-111 overtime loss to the Phoenix Suns.
Dwyane Wade had 35 points and 10 rebounds, but the Chicago Bulls were beaten by the New York Knicks 117-104. On his return to Chicago, Derrick Rose had 15 points and 11 assists.
The Los Angeles Clippers were too good for the Memphis Grizzlies 99-88, the Charlotte Hornets edged the Brooklyn Nets 99-95 and DeMar DeRozan (34 points) inspired the Toronto Raptors to a 96-87 win over the Miami Heat.
The Washington Wizards claimed their first win of the season, overcoming the Atlanta Hawks 95-92.