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NBA roundup: Undefeated Warriors headed to Boston

Indiana’s George Hill (right) tries to stop Klay Thompson, who scored 39 points in Golden State’s 131-123 victory Tuesday.Michael Conroy/Associated Press

The Golden State Warriors improved to 23-0 this season, with Klay Thompson scoring a season-high 39 points and Stephen Curry adding 29 points, 7 rebounds, and 10 assists Tuesday night in a 131-123 victory over the Pacers in Indianapolis.

The defending NBA champs have won 27 straight dating to last season, tying the 2012-13 Heat for the second-longest streak in NBA history. The 1971-72 Lakers hold the record with 33 wins in a row.

The Warriors' next game is Friday in Boston.

Golden State also has won 13 straight road games this season, breaking a tie with the 1969-70 Knicks for the league's best road start.

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Indiana was led by Paul George with 33 points and C.J. Miles with 24.

The Pacers cut the 28-point fourth-quarter deficit to 6 in the final minute.

''We've got to handle the end of the game better. We had a double-digit lead. You don't ever want to have to win the game twice or even three times,'' Curry said.

''You want to make things as easy as possible when you have a night like we did for 36 minutes.''

Thompson made a splash with his incredible first half. He scored 29 points, made 8 of 10 threes, and was the key to a 22-0 run that forced Indiana (12-8) to play catch-up the rest of the night.

''It was one of those nights where I got a lot of great looks. Going in I felt great,'' Thompson said. ''I felt like I was due for a game like that.''

Cavaliers 105, Trail Blazers 100 — LeBron James scored 33 points as host Cleveland rallied from an 18-point first-half deficit to beat Portland.

Kevin Love added 18 points and a second-half lineup adjustment by coach David Blatt helped Cleveland break a three-game losing streak.

James, who didn't play Saturday in Miami to rest, scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer and a 3-point play down the stretch. He shot 14 for 24 from the field.

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Damian Lillard scored 33 points to lead Portland, which blew a late lead Monday in Milwaukee and appeared to run out of gas as Cleveland came back in the second half.

C.J. McCollum added 24 points for the Trail Blazers.

Thunder 125, Grizzlies 88 — Kevin Durant had 32 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists, leading Oklahoma City in Memphis.

Russell Westbrook added 13 points and 16 assists as the Thunder built the lead to 35 through three quarters before coasting to their second straight win.

Serge Ibaka scored 17 for Oklahoma City, and D.J. Augustin had 13. Dion Waiters finished with 12 points.

Mario Chalmers led Memphis with 19 points, and JaMychal Green and Marc Gasol had 11 apiece. It was the most points given up by Memphis this season.

Magic 85, Nuggets 74 — Nikola Vucevic had 18 points and 13 rebounds and Evan Fournier hit a big 3-pointer late as Orlando won in Denver. Elfrid Payton finished with 18 points as the Magic snapped a five-game skid against the Nuggets.

Kings 114, Jazz 106 — DeMarcus Cousins (23 points, 12 rebounds) and Omar Casspi (19 points, 10 rebounds) helped power host Sacramento.

Nets 110, Rockets 105 — Brook Lopez scored 24 points and Joe Johnson had 22 as host Brooklyn beat Houston to sweep the season series for the first time in 14 years.

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Thaddeus Young finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets, who have recorded two of their six victories against Houston.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points in place of injured rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.

Marcus Thornton scored a season-high 32 points for the Rockets, who fell behind by 18 points and got quiet nights from stars James Harden and Dwight Howard. Corey Brewer had 22 in extended minutes after starting forward Trevor Ariza was lost to a bruised lower back after 4 minutes.

Harden was 2 for 9 for 10 points, adding nine assists. Howard, who had 22 points and 18 rebounds Saturday in a victory over Sacramento, took just five shots and finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.