OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry made an NBA-record 13 3-pointers on the way to 46 points, grabbing back the spotlight from new Golden State star Kevin Durant in the Warriors' 116-106 victory against the winless New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night.
The two-time reigning MVP hit 13 of 17 3s in his seventh career game with double digit 3-pointers and shot 16 for 26 overall. He raised his right arm and pounded his chest, then let out a "Whoo!" when he reached the record with 2:23 to go.
It was his first 40-point performance this season after he led the NBA with 13 such games last season. Fans chanted "M-V-P!"
Durant did just fine for himself, too, finishing with 22 points.
Klay Thompson scored 24 points as the Splash Brothers looked far more in sync from long range at last (see full recap).
Hornets top Pacers, off to franchise-best start
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kemba Walker had 24 points and 10 assists to help the Charlotte Hornets beat the Indiana Pacers 122-100 on Monday night for their best start in franchise history.
The Hornets (5-1) scored on their first 12 possessions and led by as many as 21 in the first quarter.
Charlotte tied a 23-year franchise record with 75 points in the first half on 56.5 percent shooting. The team's starters were 17 of 25 from the field before intermission as the Hornets built a 20-point lead and never looked back.
Charlotte scored 35 points off 18 Indiana turnovers (see full recap).
James Harden scores 32 points in Rockets' win
WASHINGTON -- James Harden set aside a rough first quarter to finish with 32 points and 15 assists, leading the Houston Rockets past the struggling Wizards 114-106 on Monday night. Washington's John Wall broke the franchise record for career assists before getting ejected in the final minute.
Harden shot just 1 for 4 and had five turnovers in the opening period, which ended with Washington ahead 30-23. But he got more and more involved at the offensive end and scored eight consecutive Houston points in one stretch of the fourth quarter, including half of a 12-0 run that gave the Rockets a 106-95 lead with a little more than 3 1/2 minutes left.
This was his fourth consecutive game with at least 30 points and 10 assists for Harden, who entered the day leading the NBA in assists at 12.3 per game and fourth in scoring average at 31.5 points.
Spencer Hawes had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Cody Zeller chipped in with 13 points.
C.J. Miles led the Pacers with 23 points, while Al Jefferson had 12 points and nine rebounds in his return to Charlotte (see full recap).
Enes Kanter's 24 leads Thunder past Heat
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Enes Kanter had 24 points and 10 rebounds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Miami Heat 97-85 on Monday night.
Kanter made 10 of 12 shots in 21 minutes off the bench. Victor OIadipo scored 17 points, rookie Domantas Sabonis had a season-high 15 to go with 10 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook added 14 points and 11 assists for the Thunder. Oklahoma City improved to 6-1, the best seven-game start for the franchise since moving to Oklahoma City in 2008.
Miami's Hassan Whiteside, who entered averaging 20 points and 14.2 rebounds, finished with five points on 1-for-9 shooting and 12 rebounds.
James Johnson led Miami with 18 points. The Heat shot just 36.9 percent from the field (see full recap).