ANDREW Wiggins snapped out of a recent slump with a season-high 28 points and Stephen Curry scored a game-high 32 on Sunday afternoon (Monday in Manila) as the Golden State Warriors ended a four-game losing streak with a 131-119 victory over the visiting Utah Jazz at San Francisco.
Wiggins, who had failed to score at least 20 points in a career-worst-tying nine straight games, connected on 12 of 16 from the field and 3 of 4 from 3-point range in surpassing his previous season high of 27, recorded Dec. 29 at Detroit.
Curry, who had shot just 8 of 29 on 3-pointers during the Warriors’ four-game skid, made six of nine against the Jazz, who had entered the game with the NBA’s third-best defense against 3-pointers.
Donovan Mitchell (24), Rudy Gobert (24), Mike Conley (23) and Jordan Clarkson (21) all topped 20 points for the Jazz, who have lost four of their last six. Gobert snatched a season-best 28 rebounds to complete his third 20/20 game of the season for Utah, which had won its previous five games against the Warriors.
In other games, it was the Thunder 128, Grizzlies 122; Pelicans 135, Clippers 115; Wolves 114, Blazers 112; Celtics 134, Rockets 107; Heat 102, Magic 97; Bulls 118, Raptors 95; Sixers 134, Spurs 99; and Hawks 100, Cavs 82.
Thunder 128, Grizzlies 122
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 30 points to help short-handed Oklahoma City to a win over visiting Memphis.
The Thunder scored 38 fourth-quarter points to wipe out a deficit and win for the third time in four games. Gilgeous-Alexander, who has scored at least 30 points in three consecutive games, was 8-for-17 from the floor with four 3-pointers in six attempts.
Ja Morant led Memphis with 22 points, but he was just 2 of 7 from the floor in the fourth after hitting 5 of 8 attempts through three quarters.
Pelicans 135, Clippers 115
Zion Williamson scored 27 points and Brandon Ingram added 23 as hot-shooting New Orleans routed visiting Los Angeles.
Lonzo Ball scored 20, Jaxson Hayes had 17 off the bench for his second consecutive season high, and Josh Hart and Kira Lewis Jr. scored 13 each as the Pelicans finished a six-game homestand. New Orleans shot 65.4 percent from the floor, had 38 assists on 53 field goals and scored the most points by a Clippers opponent this season.
Kawhi Leonard scored 23, Reggie Jackson, starting in place of injured Patrick Beverley, had 18, Paul George and Luke Kennard added 15 each and Amir Coffey had 13 for the Clippers, who started a three-game road trip by losing for the fourth time in five games.