PHILADELPHIA 76ERS’ Justin Anderson, left, tries to defend the shot attempt by Golden State Warriors’ David West, right, but will draw the foul call during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Monday in Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS’ Justin Anderson, left, tries to defend the shot attempt by Golden State Warriors’ David West, right, but will draw the foul call during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Monday in Philadelphia.

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Kevin Durant had 27 points in his return to the lineup and the Golden State Warriors overcame the worst 3-point shooting performance of Stephen Curry’s career in a 119-108 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.

Curry was 0 for 11 from 3- point range. That topped his previous worst outing without making a 3 when he went 0 for 10 from distance on Nov. 4 against the Lakers. The two-time reigning MVP entered leading the league by a wide margin with 231 3- pointers this season.

Curry still had 19 points, making 7 of 12 2-point attempts and all five of his free-throw tries.

Klay Thompson scored 21 points and Draymond Green had 14 points, 11 assists, six rebounds and five steals for the Warriors, who opened a five-game East Coast trip by winning their fourth straight and boosting their NBA-best record to 50-9. Durant returned after missing a game with a right hand injury.

Cavaliers 102, Bucks 95

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James returned from a bout with strep throat and scored 24 points, Kyrie Irving added 25 and Cleveland held off Milwaukee.

James missed Saturday’s loss to Chicago — the Cavs fell to 0-4 this season without their superstar — and was listed as questionable before arriving at Quicken Loans Arena. He looked fit from the start, delivering an early dunk and adding one in the fourth that he capped by screaming, “That’s and one!” at Milwaukee’s John Henson, who fouled him.

James’ dunk triggered an 11-0 run that helped put away the Bucks, who were within 86-85 midway through the fourth.

Raptors 92, Knicks 91

NEW YORK (AP) — DeMar DeRozan made a turnaround jumper with 1.9 seconds remaining, finishing with 37 points and leading

Toronto over New York.

The Raptors won their fourth in a row, doing it with DeRozan and defense after learning earlier in the day that All-Star Kyle Lowry will have right wrist surgery that could sideline him the rest of the regular season.

Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points for the Knicks but finished a 9-for-26 night when he missed a long jumper as time expired.

Pacers 117, Rockets 108

HOUSTON (AP) — Jeff Teague scored 25 points and Indiana overcame a huge first-half deficit and withstood a late rally by Houston.

C.J. Miles made a 3-pointer with 40.8 seconds left to make it 113-108, and Teague made a pair of free throws after that to put the game out of reach. It was just the second win in nine games for the Pacers and only their 10th road win of the season.

The Pacers rallied from 17 down in the first half and were up by 14 with about four minutes left. The Rockets used a 12-2 run to get within two with less than a minute remaining. Lou Williams was fouled while making an off-balance 3 to cap the run, but missed the ensuing free throw. Miles followed with his 3.

Timberwolves 102, Kings 88

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 29 points and 17 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points and Minnesota beat Sacramento.

Ricky Rubio had nine points and 11 assists to help the Timberwolves move within one game of the Kings as both teams try to catch Denver for the eighth spot in the West.

Mavericks 96, Heat 89

DALLAS (AP) — Seth Curry scored 29 points, Harrison Barnes added 24 and Dallas handed Miami its third loss in 19 games.

The Mavericks rallied from 14 points down in the first quarter and let an 11- point third-quarter lead get away.


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