NBA: Curry scores 40 to power Golden State over Miami

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives to the basket against Miami Heat guard Shabazz Napier (13) during the first half at the American Airlines Arena. Curry scored 40 points to lead the Warriors over the Heat 114-97 on Tuesday night.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives to the basket against Miami Heat guard Shabazz Napier (13) during the first half at the American Airlines Arena. Curry scored 40 points to lead the Warriors over the Heat 114-97 on Tuesday night. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MIAMI (AFP) - Stephen Curry scored 40 points and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Miami Heat 114-97 on Tuesday night, stretching their National Basketball Association win streak to six games.

Golden State improved to 11-2, 2.5 games ahead of Sacramento atop the Pacific division, while the Heat fell to 8-7, 2.5 games behind pace-setter Washington in the Atlantic division.

Curry also contributed seven assists and six rebounds for the Warriors, who had 24 points from Klay Thompson, 12 points from Harrison Barnes and 11 from Draymond Green.

Australian centre Andrew Bogut scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds. He had been questionable with an eye injury that sidelined him after the first quarter of a Sunday victory over Oklahoma City.

Chris Bosh led Miami with 26 points and nine rebounds while Britain's Luol Deng had 16 points and Mario Chalmers added 14 points.

The Warriors have not lost since a Nov 11 match-up against San Antonio but the Heat became the first team with a winning record Golden State has beaten in the win streak.

Golden State's third stop in a five-game road trip will be on Wednesday at Orlando with match-ups on Friday at Charlotte and Sunday at Detroit before the Warriors return home to California.