Forward scores 17 points in Lakers’ win over Pistons in the NBA; Smart’s career-high 26 points seal Celtics’ win.
The Golden State Warriors improved to 22-0 with a 114-98 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, with guard Stephen Curry scoring 11 of his 28 points in the final 2:10 of the third quarter.
The Warriors opened the game with a 25-8 lead and held a 15-point lead with 1:49 remaining in the first half, but Curry went on his scoring spree after Golden State faced a trio of five-point deficits.
His timely spree featured a mix of aggressive moves and effective perimeter play.
“It’s pretty purposeful just trying to see if I can get some room and figure out a way to impact the game,” Curry said.
“Things started to click. We were down three at the time or something like that, so we just needed a little life. We like to close quarters out strong, and we were obviously able to do that, get a nice lead and not look back from there.”
Golden State shot 51 percent and made 14 of 33 3-pointers while getting a standing ovation from most of the fans at Barclays Center after the final buzzer. The Warriors posted their 26th consecutive regular-season victory dating to April 9 and 12th road win of the season.
Elsewhere, Memphis forward Jeff Green’s alley-oop dunk off an inbounds pass from Courtney Lee with eight-tenths of a second left lifted the Grizzlies to a 95-93 win over the Phoenix Suns.
Green’s game-winning dunk over former team mate Jon Leuer came after the Suns had a chance to win the game with 2.1 seconds left and the game tied at 93.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a season-high 22 points and the Detroit Pistons scored the game’s first 15 points and cruised to their fourth straight victory 111-91 over the Los Angeles Lakers at The Palace.
Reggie Jackson had 20 points and six assists, Andre Drummond delivered his NBA-high 19th double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds and Anthony Tolliver added nine points and a season-high 13 rebounds for Detroit (12-9).
Mavericks 116, Wizards 104
Thunder 98, Kings 95