NBA Wrap: Korver sets 3-point record in win

NBA Wrap: Korver sets 3-point record in win
December 6, 2013, 11:30 pm
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Kyle Korver set the NBA record with most consecutive games with a 3-pointer (90) Friday night. (USA Today Images)

ATLANTA -- Kyle Korver set the NBA record for consecutive games with a 3-pointer, Al Horford scored 22 points, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-89 Friday night.

Korver's 3 with 5:29 remaining in the first quarter gave him at least one in a record-90th straight game, breaking a tie with Dana Barros (1994-96). Korver was 2 for 3 from beyond the arc and finished with 10 points.

Paul Millsap had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Hawks.

Dion Waiters scored a season-high 30 points for the Cavaliers. Andrew Bynum tied his season high with 20 points and grabbed a season-best 13 rebounds, and Jarrett Jack added 13 points.

The rest of the Cavs, however, combined to shoot 12 for 50 and starters Kyrie Irving and Alonzo Gee went scoreless. Irving, who entered the game averaging 20.8 points per game, shot 0 for 9.

The Hawks had little problem with the Cavs. Atlanta raced to a 37-20 lead in the first quarter while Korver made two of Atlanta's five 3s in the period. Millsap connected from 50 feet as the buzzer sounded, and the Hawks pushed the lead to 77-48 in the third quarter (see full recap).

Thunder top Pelicans, win 9th straight
NEW ORLEANS -- Kevin Durant scored 29 points, Russell Westbrook added 25 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat New Orleans for the ninth straight time, 109-95 on Friday night.

Serge Ibaka had 17 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots for Oklahoma City, which has won 14 of its last 15 against the Pelicans, with most of those games occurring when New Orleans' team was called the Hornets.

Ryan Anderson scored 18 for the Pelicans, who lost their second straight at home while playing their third full game without power forward Anthony Davis, sidelined by a broken left hand. New Orleans also lost guard Tyreke Evans to a left ankle sprain late in the third quarter, and soon afterward Oklahoma City built a 15-point lead.

New Orleans raced to an early double-digit lead, only to fall behind 58-52 by halftime. The Thunder led the entire second half and comfortably throughout the fourth quarter, going up by as many as 20 late in the period.

Reggie Jackson scored 15 for Oklahoma City, which shot 50.6 percent (39 of 77) and rarely allowed its lead to slip below double digits after Thabo Sefolosha's driving dunk made it 74-64 in the middle of the third quarter (see full recap).

Knicks end home skid, dominate Magic
NEW YORK -- Make that back-to-back blowouts, and at least one Knick swears he saw it coming.

"Yeah, I knew it was going to eventually happen. I'm glad that it did," point guard Raymond Felton said. "It was a good night to happen in Brooklyn, then we came back tonight and showed it wasn't a fluke. That's what a lot of people were trying to say. We came out tonight to really prove that."

They sure did, once again looking more like a juggernaut than a joke.

Carmelo Anthony had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and New York snapped a seven-game home losing streak by beating the Orlando Magic 121-83 on Friday night for its first victory at Madison Square Garden since October.

"We got tired of losing. Whether we figured everything out in two games, that's yet to come, but we'll take these two wins," Anthony said.

Andrea Bargnani and J.R. Smith each added 17 points for the Knicks, who followed their 113-83 rout of Brooklyn on Thursday with an even more powerful performance, giving them consecutive victories for the first time this season after a nine-game losing streak (see full recap).