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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Stephen Curry scored a career-high 32 points, Corey Maggette added 29 points and the Golden State Warriors beat the New Jersey Nets 111-79 on Friday night despite losing leading scorer Monta Ellis to a right ankle injury.
Cartier Martin, a Development League call-up playing on his second 10-day contract with Golden State, added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Warriors (13-28), who beat the Nets for the second time this season.
Ellis, the NBA leader in minutes played, was hurt in the first quarter and played briefly after halftime, finishing with a season-low four points with five assists. He was taken for X-rays.
Brook Lopez had 21 points and six rebounds for New Jersey (3-39), which lost its 10th straight. The Nets fell to 1-22 on the road.
Curry, the seventh overall pick in the draft, picked up the scoring slack left by Ellis’ absence. The Warriors’ rookie, whose previous season high was 27 points against Washington on Dec. 18, went 11 of 21 from the floor and added seven assists.
He scored nine of Golden State’s first 18 points then added 13 more in the third quarter when the Warriors broke the game open with a pair of big runs.
At a time when most NBA rookies usually begin tiring out, Curry seems to be getting better. He’s shooting 51.4 percent (37 of 72) from 3-point range over his last 16 games.
With Ellis’ status uncertain, Curry’s recent play bodes well for Golden State.
Maggette’s recent scoring surge is helping, too. He fell one point shy of becoming the first Warrior player to score 30 or more in four consecutive games since Antawn Jamison in 2001 but still went 9 of 14 from the floor and was a steady threat all night.
The Nets, who haven’t won since beating the New York Knicks 104-95 on Dec. 30, couldn’t keep up despite another solid effort from Lopez. Lopez, who spent two years in college at nearby Stanford, scored six straight points to pull New Jersey to 74-63 midway through the third quarter before Golden State ended the period with on a 14-2 run.
The bad news didn’t end on the scoreboard for the Nets. Point guard Devin Harris did not play in the second half after aggravating a sprained right wrist, a similar injury to the one that kept him out of New Jersey’s Jan. 10 loss to San Antonio. He spent the second half on the bench wearing a thick bag of ice on his wrist and finished with four points and three assists
The Warriors won’t have much sympathy. They had nine players in uniform after playing the previous three games with only eight.
Depending on Ellis’ status, coach Don Nelson could be back to having only eight for Saturday’s game at Phoenix. Ellis, who pulled out of a team shootaround on Wednesday due to soreness in his left ankle, made just 2 of 9 shots before leaving the win against New Jersey.
NOTES: Maggette became the first Warriors player to attempt 10 or more free throws in 11 consecutive games since Wilt Chamberlain in 1964. … The Nets only road win was Dec. 8 at Chicago when New Jersey beat the Bulls 103-101. … New Jersey has lost five straight games in Oakland.