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Stephen Curry watched on as the Golden State Warriors won their 30th game of the season (AP).

Golden State Warriors beat Houston Rockets as Stephen Curry sits out again

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The Golden State Warriors overcame the continued absence of the NBA's leading scorer Stephen Curry as they edged out the Houston Rockets 114-110 for their 30th win of the season on Thursday night.

Curry missed a second straight game with a lower left leg injury, but while they had suffered a blow-out loss to Dallas without him on Wednesday, the Warriors outlasted Houston 24 hours later as Klay Thompson poured in 38 points while Draymond Green collected 10 points, 11 rebounds and 16 assists for his NBA-leading fifth triple-double.

James Harden scored 30 points for Houston.

Russell Westbrook scored 36 points and dished out 12 assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Phoenix Suns 110-106, a third straight win for the Thunder and seventh straight loss for Phoenix.

Kevin Durant added 23 points for Oklahoma City, who stretched their lead in the Northwest Division to 8.5 games.

The Utah Jazz stayed within eight games of Golden State with a 109-96 win over the Portland Trail Blazers as Trey Burke scored 27 points off the bench.

The Los Angeles Clippers made it five wins in a row by beating the New Orleans Pelicans 95-89 behind 26 points from JJ Redick, even as Chris Paul shot just three of 18 from the field on his way to nine points, albeit with 12 assists.

Khris Middleton scored 33 points as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Indiana Pacers 120-116, while 23 points and 18 rebounds from Andre Drummond led the Detroit Pistons to a 115-90 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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