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Warriors bounce back with crushing victory over Suns; Raptors annihilate Hawks

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Suns (11-14) 109, Warriors (17-3) 138

The Dubs lead the entire league in scoring by a clear eight points and they continued to dismantle any team put in front of them at the Oracle Arena last night with Stephen Curry (31 points), Klay Thompson (26) and Kevin Durant (20) all getting in on the act.

KD had three blocks and Draymond Green had a notable 13 dimes, too, but Phoenix put up more of a fight than most. A combined 48-point resistance from guards Devin Booker and Eric Bledsoe wasn't even enough to make Golden State uncomfortable as the 2015 champions exuded total control.

Nets (5-14) 103, Bucks (10-8) 112

The Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo was at it again as the 21-year-old drove the Bucks to victory behind 16 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five blocks. John Henson led Milwaukee in scoring with 20 points, while Matthew Dellavedova also chipped in with 18.

Bojan Bogdanovic led the fight for Brooklyn with a game-high 24 points, and former number one draft pick Anthony Bennett recorded seven points and 14 rebounds in just over 23 minutes of action, only one week removed from a D-League assignment.

Timberwolves (6-14) 125, Hornets (11-9) 120 OT

Minnesota got the job done on the road against a dogged Charlotte side last night in overtime thanks to their dynamic duo of Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, who combined for 56 points with KAT also pulling down 15 boards.

Kemba Walker was once again the top scorer for Michael Jordan's franchise with 22 points, and he had Frank Kaminsky's 21 for support, too. Nicolas Batum was the standout performer, though, as the Frenchmen neared a triple-double with 15 points, eight rebounds, 12 assists, as well as three steals.

Hawks (10-11) 84, Raptors (14-6) 128

Just one night removed from the absolute torching of the Lakers, the Raptors destroyed Atlanta to put the NBA on notice. Eight players made their way into double figures for the Canadian-based franchise with Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan teaming up to drop 38 points.

Atlanta had a miserable time shooting the rock and could only go 25 percent from deep, as opposed to Toronto's 54.2 percent. A Dwight Howard double-double of 10 points and 17 rebounds wasn't remotely enough this time around.

Celtics (12-8) 107, 76ers (4-16) 106

The Celtics' nerve at the charity stripe earned them a win against an ever-improving Philadelphia side on Saturday night, with Al Horford sinking the all important free throw that proved to be the difference-maker.

Isaiah Thomas was the star of the show, however, with a 37 point display and the undersized point guard was backed up by backcourt partner Avery Bradley's 20 points. For Philly, Joel Embiid was rested and in his absence, six players managed to hit double figures with Dario Saric producing a double-double of 21 points and 12 boards.

Lakers (10-12) 100, Grizzlies (13-8) 103

The injury-ravaged L.A. Lakers licked their wounds after a serious humbling by Toronto on Friday night to come within touching distance of a road win over a Mike Conley-less Memphis side on Saturday.

Lou Williams dropped a ridiculous 40 points from the bench to continue his sensational scoring form, which included four three-point bombs, as well as holding a perfect record from the line in 14 visits. 31 points from Troy Daniels and 19 from Marc Gasol did the damage for Memphis JaMychal Green also registered a 16-point and 13-rebound double-double.

Bulls (11-8) 82, Mavericks (4-15) 107

Chicago went from defeating the NBA champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers, last time out to getting blown away by the team with the worst record in the NBA, the Dallas Mavericks, in the space of one night.

With no Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler carried the load and put up 26 points and nine rebounds during the loss. However, a 48-point combination of Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes was too much for the Windy City franchise to handle.

Nuggets (7-13) 98, Jazz (12-9) 105

Gordon Hayward's 32 points led Utah to a timely victory at the Vivint Smart Home Arena and the Salt Lake City franchise look like they are a safe bet for a playoff berth in the Western Conference.

Will Barton and Wilson Chandler managed 20 points each for Denver, but in a very tightly contested affair, the Jazz were made to hold their nerve at the free throw line in order to come away with the W.

Heat (7-13) 92, Trail Blazers (11-10) 99

Damian Lillard led Portland once again with 19 points in their latest victory at the Moda Center, and he received suitable backup from CJ McCollum (17 points), Maurice Harkless (17) and Allen Crabbe (16).

Hassan Whiteside had a game-high 28 points for Miami, in addition to 16 rebounds and five blocks and Goran Dragic also put up 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists of his own. However, a Harkless turnaround bank shot proved to be the turning point with 1:22 remaining as Portland seized the lead and kept it.

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Stephen Curry
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Pacific Division
Western Conference
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Southeast Division
Eastern Conference
Chicago Bulls
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Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
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