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Bogut's Warriors score another NBA win
19:20 AEST Sun Feb 3 2013

P - Andrew Bogut's return from injury has only improved the prospects of high-flying NBA underdogs the Golden State Warriors.

Bogut added 11 points with seven rebounds as the Warriors recorded their fourth consecutive victory with a 113-93 win over the Phoenix Suns.

Golden State were enjoying an excellent season even with Bogut on the sidelines, but the return of the Australian big-man has only bolstered their defensive capabilities.

The Warriors are ranked fifth in the western conference and are well in the mix to edge further up the ladder and make a play during the playoffs.

Golden State star Stephen Curry returned after missing two games with an ankle injury and scored 19 of his 29 points in the second half.

Harrison Barnes matched his season high with 21 points for the Warriors, David Lee had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Klay Thompson added 17 points.

Curry, who twisted his right ankle in the third quarter of Monday night's win over Toronto, was six for 10 from three-point range as Golden State beat Phoenix for the fourth straight time.

Michael Beasley scored 24 points for the Suns, who have dropped four of five. Jared Dudley added 16 points.

Tim Duncan's return to NBA action on Saturday didn't last long as the San Antonio Spurs star departed in the second quarter of a 96-86 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Duncan, who had missed four games with a sore left knee, sprained his right ankle and left knee in the second quarter when Washington forward Martell Webster ran into the back of Duncan's legs fighting for a rebound. Duncan was left lying on the court clutching his troublesome left knee to the dismay of San Antonio fans.

He was helped off the court by two teammates then walked under his own power to the locker room. The severity of the injuries was not immediately known.

Tony Parker had a double-double with 19 points and 12 assists for San Antonio, who will begin an 18-day, nine-game road trip on Wednesday.

New York unleashed a 38-4 run on Sacramento in the first half to cruise to their fourth straight victory.

Amare Stoudemire was 10 for 10 from the field for 21 points during that period, as the Knicks won 120-81.

The Knicks actually trailed by 10 when Stoudemire entered in the first quarter, then went on to challenge the franchise-record victory margin of 48 points.

It was an awesome display by New York in front of some special guests: 150 children, their families and teachers from Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Portland beat Utah 105-99, Minnesota defeated New Orleans 115-86, Cleveland stunned Oklahoma City 115-110, Houston beat Charlotte 109-95, Chicago lifted to a 93-76 carve up of Atlanta and Milwaukee were too good for Orlando 107-98.


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