OAKLAND, California (AP) – Golden State’s Stephen Curry got involved in a rare altercation with an opponent as he helped the NBA-leading Warriors beat Houston 126-113 on Wednesday and stretch their home winning streak to 17 games.
The Warriors extended their lead in the Western Conference to 4-1/2 games over Portland, which gave up a big early lead in losing at Phoenix.
Elsewhere, Memphis beat Toronto in a clash of divisional leaders, while Oklahoma City won in overtime at Washington.
Curry, who finished with 22 points and 10 assists, normally never loses his cool but after being bumped by Trevor Ariza on the way down the court in the third quarter, he confronted the Rockets forward and had to be restrained by teammates. Ariza receive a technical foul after a video review.
Golden State had already grabbed control by outscoring Houston 30-13 in the second quarter and led by 30 in the third before the Rockets’ reserves made the final margin closer.
James Harden had 33 points and six assists for Houston, which lost all four games of the season series against the Warriors; the first such sweep for 41 years.
Phoenix built a big early lead, gave it up, then got back in front to edge Portland 118-113.
Eric Bledsoe had a season-high 33 points and Isiah Thomas added a season-high 27 points for the Suns, who have won seven consecutive home games. Portland grabbed a 110-105 lead on Nicolas Batum’s 3-pointer with 2:22 to go, but Phoenix closed the game with a 13-3 run.
Nicolas Batum had 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who trailed by as many as 25 in the second quarter but hit back to lead by five points with 2:22 to go before the Suns closed it out with a 13-3 run.
Memphis’ Marc Gasol scored 26 points to lead the Grizzlies to a 92-86 win against Toronto.
Zach Randolph had 19 points – going 8 for 14 from the field – and 13 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who broke open a close game with a 13-3 run midway through the fourth quarter. There were 14 ties and six lead changes for the night.
Toronto had five players score in double figures, led by Lou Williams’ 21 points, but dropped to 3-8 in its last 11 games. The Raptors shot 32 percent (27 for 85) from the field.
Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook drove for the winning layup with 0.8 seconds left in overtime to give the Thunder a 105-103 win at Washington.