By Adrian Stewart Co
Golden State Warriors (GSW) recorded its second consecutive win as it took down injury-hit Orlando Magic, 111-105, in the 2020-2021 NBA Season on Thursday night (Friday in the Philippines) at Chase Center in San Francisco, California.
Stephen Curry top-scored with 40 points, including 10 triples, to go along with eight rebounds, five assists and four steals while Andrew Wiggins added 21 markers as the Warriors improved to 14-12.
Kelly Oubre Jr. contributed double-double 17 points and 10 rebounds, Mychal Mulder finished with 11 markers, while Draymond Green had 11 assists, eight points and six rebounds for GSW.
The Warriors surged to a 29-19 opening quarter edge with Curry and Mulder converting their outside hits. The Magic, however, managed to turn things around in the second for a 55-47 halftime edge.
Orlando’s lead went up to 58-47 early in the third before Golden State went on a huge uprising with triples from Wiggins, Oubre and Curry for a 69-68 edge before e widening it to 84-80 with baskets from Curry.
The Magic regained the lead at 91-86 in the fourth before the Warriors went on a huge run behind Curry, Wiggins and Juan Toscano-Anderson for a 107-94 edge. Orlando made its last push at 105-109 before Curry sealed the win for GSW with free throws.
Nikola Vucevic finished with double-double 25 points and 13 rebounds, while Dwyane Bacon and Terrence Ross added 20 markers apiece as the Magic dropped to 9-17 win-loss slate.
Meanwhile, Portland Trail Blazers (13-10) cruised to a 118-114 stunner over Philadelphia 76ers (18-7). Damian Lillard top-scored with 28 points, while Carmelo Anthony added 24 markers for the Trail Blazers.
In other results, Miami Heat (11-14) cruised to a 101-94 victory over Houston Rockets (11-14); Boston Celtics (13-11) walloped Toronto Raptors (12-14), 120-106; and Indiana Pacers (13-13) routed Detroit Pistons (6-19), 111-95.
GOLDEN STATE 111 – Curry 40, Wiggins 21, Oubre 17, Mulder 11, Toscano-Anderson 9, Green 8, Bazemore 3, Paschall 2, Wanamaker 0, Lee 0.
ORLANDO 105 – Vucevic 25, Bacon 20, Ross 20, Ennis 17, Birch 9, Okeke 9, Bamba 3, Clark 2, Mason 0.
Quarterscores: 29-19, 47-55, 84-80, 111-105./ASC, WDJ