NBA: Happy returns for birthday boy Stephen Curry as Warriors end losing streak

Oakland, California (AFP) - Stephen Curry scored 29 points on his 29th birthday as the Golden State Warriors staged a fourth quarter rally to defeat the Philadelphia 76ers and halt their three-game losing streak in the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Tuesday.

The Warriors looked to be heading for a shock defeat at the Oracle Arena after the hapless Sixers led by 12 points at the end of the third quarter. But a defiant defensive performance from Warriors stalwart Draymond Green and some merciless shooting from Curry saw the Golden State home in a nail-biting 106-104 victory that saw them improve to 53-14.

As well as his 29-point haul, Curry had six rebounds and four assists.

Green scored 20 points and snared eight rebounds and eight assists in a crucial performance that also included six blocks.

The Sixers, who fell to 24-43, saw Dario Saric top score with 25 points while Jahlil Okafor added 22 points.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, there were easy wins for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Oklahoma City Thunder, with both LeBron James and Russell Westbrook notching triple doubles for their respective teams.

James, 32, constructed his 10th triple-double of the season in the Cavs 128-96 blowout over the Detroit Pistons.

The Cavaliers star - who has now notched four triple-doubles in March alone - finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists.

Westbrook meanwhile was given a standing ovation by an appreciative New York crowd at the Barclays Centre as the Thunder romped past the Brooklyn Nets 122-104.

The crowd saluted Westbrook after he completed his 33rd triple-double of the season, leaving him eight shy of Oscar Robertson's all-time record of 41.

Westbrook finished with 25 points, 19 assists and 12 rebounds.