NBA roundup: Seth Curry ends Brooklyn's skid, Clippers outfight Warriors
New York, New York - Seth Curry's 23-point arrival helped the Brooklyn Nets snap their 11-game skid in a 109-85 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday.
Curry landed four three-pointers with seven rebounds and five assists while fellow debutant Andre Drummond added 11 points, with Ben Simmons still out despite being present for the pre-game shootaround.
The Nets led from start to finish but were propelled by a 54-37 second half with LaMarcus Aldridge scoring 19 points with eight rebounds off the bench.
Bruce Brown had season-high returns with 19 points, six assists and five steals for the new-look Nets, who improved to 30-27.
Nets guard Bruce Brown revealed that the response to Saturday's defeat to the Heat helped the players turn a corner. "We were in Miami, we had a little team bonding event and then the vibe just changed. We can all feel it, feel it in the locker room," he told ESPN.
Up next for the next is a New York matchup against the Knicks.
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De'Andre Fox had a game-high 26 points for the Kings, who were limited to 34.4% shooting (31-of-90) overall.
Stephen Curry made eight three-pointers in a 33-point haul but it was not enough to get the Golden State Warriors past the Los Angeles Clippers who won 119-104. Terance Mann scored 25 points with seven rebounds and six assists for the triumphant Clippers.
Julius Randle had a triple-double with 30 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists for the Knicks but he was overshadowed by Rookie of the Year contender Josh Giddey as the Oklahoma City Thunder won 127-123 in overtime. Giddey also had a triple-double with 28 points, including three triples, along with 11 rebounds and 12 assists. The 19-year-old Australian becomes the youngest player in NBA history with back-to-back triple-doubles.
Reigning MVP Nikola Jokić starred with 26 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists as the Denver Nuggets brushed aside the Orlando Magic 121-111, while Donovan Mitchell had 30 points with six rebounds and seven assists in the Utah Jazz's 135-101 victory over the Houston Rockets.
Khris Middleton almost had a triple-double but shot poorly, going three-of-15 from the field and one-of-eight from beyond the arc as the Milwaukee Bucks went down 122-107 to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Anfernee Simons scored 31 points for the Blazers, while Middleton had 16 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists as the Bucks lost in Giannis Antetokounmpo's absence due to a sore ankle.
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