Curry drops 62 on Blazers

    ECSTATIC: Stephen Curry explodes big for the Warriors. REUTERS PHOTO

    STEPHEN Curry exploded for 21 of his career-high 62 points in the first quarter Sunday night (Monday in Mania), helping the Golden State Warriors take a lead they never relinquished in a 137-122 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in San Francisco.

    The game was a rematch of a 123-98 Trail Blazers win on Friday night in a game also played at the 2-year-old Chase Center in San Francisco.

    Curry topped his previous high of 54 with two free throws with 2:23 to play. But he wasn’t done. With the Warriors comfortably ahead, Curry bombed in consecutive 27-footers, the second of which came with 42.2 seconds left to cap his 62-point night.

    The 50-point night was the NBA’s first of the season, while the 60-pointer was the first for a Warrior since Klay Thompson had 60 in 2016. The last Warrior to record more than 62 points in a game was Rick Barry with 64 in 1974.

    In other games, it was the Lakers 108, Grizzlies 94; Bulls 118, Mavericks 108; Celtics 122, Pistons 120; Wizards 123, Nets 122; Clippers 112, Suns 107; Jazz 130, Spurs 109; Nuggets 124, Wolves 109.

    Lakers 108, Grizzlies 94

    LeBron James had 22 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, and Lakers pulled away late to defeat host Memphis.

    Anthony Davis had 17 points, nine rebounds and three blocks; Montrezl Harrell added 16 points and nine boards; and Wesley Matthews contributed 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 4 of 6 3-pointers, as the Lakers won their third in a row. Dennis Schroder added 11 points.

    Kyle Anderson scored 18 points and Jonas Valanciunas chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies. Tyus Jones also scored 14, while Desmond Bane had 13.

    Bulls 118, Mavericks 108

    Zach LaVine led all scorers with 39 points and Coby White scored 21 of his 23 points after halftime to boost host Chicago to a victory against Dallas for its third win in four games.

    LaVine shot 14 of 25 from the floor and was 8 of 9 from the free throw line, outdueling the Mavericks’ Jalen Brunson, who scored 31 points on 11-for-17 accuracy from the field. Dallas played without star Luka Doncic, who suffered a quad contusion during Friday’s game against the Miami Heat.

    Otto Porter Jr. (15 points) and Daniel Gafford (12) also finished in double figures for the Bulls. Josh Richardson and Kleber scored 16 points apiece for Dallas, and Tim Hardaway Jr. chipped in 13.