NBA: Lonzo Ball records 2nd triple-double for LA Lakers, Stephen Curry carries scoring load against Brooklyn Nets in Kevin Durant's absence

Stephen Curry (left) totalled 39 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists before fouling out while Lonzo Ball (right) recorded the second triple-double of his rookie season.
Stephen Curry (left) totalled 39 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists before fouling out while Lonzo Ball (right) recorded the second triple-double of his rookie season.PHOTOS: REUTERS, AFP

(THE SPORTS XCHANGE) - Stephen Curry totalled 39 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists before fouling out as the Golden State Warriors held on for a 118-111 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night (Nov 19).

The defending NBA (National Basketball Association) champions took the lead in the first quarter and survived a lull in the fourth quarter.

Less than 24 hours after rallying from a 24-point deficit in Philadelphia, the Warriors did not experience any similar problems in the first half on Sunday.

Golden State led for most of the final 42min 8sec, held a 22-point lead at half-time and a 28-point edge early in the third before the Nets got close.

Curry shot 14-of-24 from the floor and hit four three-pointers, guiding the offence in the absence of Kevin Durant, who sat out due to a sprained left ankle.

Allen Crabbe scored 25 points and Spencer Dinwiddie added 21 for the Nets.

Lonzo Ball recorded the second triple-double of his rookie season, and the Los Angeles Lakers rolled to a 127-109 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Ball finished with 11 points, 11 assists and 16 rebounds, though he hit just five-of-13 shots from the floor. Julius Randle scored a season-high 24 points and Brook Lopez added 21 for the Lakers.

Gary Harris led the Nuggets with 20 points, while Wilson Chandler scored 17. Each team had seven players produce at least 10 points apiece.

DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points, grabbed eight rebounds and added six assists as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards 100-91. The Raptors had a three-point lead entering the fourth quarter and built it to nine.

When the Wizards moved to within five, Raptors reserve guard Fred VanVleet made a three-pointer with 1min 15sec to play.

The Wizards were playing without guard John Wall, who has a swollen left knee. Bradley Beal paced Washington with 27 points.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 26 points and Myles Turner added 25 as the Indiana Pacers ended its six-game losing streak at the AmericanAirlines Arena with a 120-95 win over the Miami Heat.

Indiana shot 60 per cent from the floor for its easiest win of the season. Turner, who made 11-of-14 shots from the field, added seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks.

Indiana also got 15 points from shooting guard Victor Oladipo, who is the Pacers' leading scorer this season.

The Detroit Pistons rallied in the fourth quarter and then held on to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-97.

Andre Drummond had 20 points and 16 rebounds to lead Detroit, while Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris each added 18 points.

The Pistons bounced back after dropping back-to-back games for the first time this season while the Timberwolves saw their three-game winning streak end.

Jimmy Butler had a team-high 26 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota. Andrew Wiggins added 24 points, and Karl-Anthony Towns chipped in 16 points and nine rebounds for the Timberwolves.

T.J. Warren scored nine of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, and the Phoenix bench contributed 50 points in the Suns' 113-105 win over the Chicago Bulls.

Devin Booker had 15 points and reserves Mike James and Troy Daniels combined for 29 as the Suns won their second straight and beat the Bulls for the third time in the past four tries.

Rookie Lauri Markkanen had career-high 26 points and added 13 rebounds for Chicago, which missed a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time this season.