Steph Curry 10 away from breaking the 3-point record, Rockets spoil Harden’s return, wild finishes mark Wednesday in the NBA


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  • ESPN staff

The Golden State Warriors took an NBA best 21st win and Steph Curry went on to become the all-time leader in career triples in 10 3-pointers when he defeated the Portland Trail Blazers.

Although Curry and Co. were at the forefront, there was plenty of action across the league on Wednesday evening.

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Kyle Kuzma played a pivotal role for the Washington Wizards on his return to Michigan, James Harden’s Houston homecoming did not go as planned for the Brooklyn Nets, Joel Embiid made a big show in Charlotte, and the Oklahoma City Thunder made a trip north of the border, which had an interesting ending.

Here’s what you might have missed from a wild night around the club:

Despite a brave performance by a Portland team without stars Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, the Warriors pulled back from the Blazers late. The Curry team’s 22 points and Jordan Poole’s 20 were enough to stop the Trail Blazers.

Golden State won’t play the Philadelphia 76ers and Curry’s brother Seth, a Sixers security guard, again until Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. Chances are, Curry could beat Ray Allen’s record of 2,973 career-three with a virtuoso performance.

Game of the game: Otto Porter Jr. had an efficient night of shooting from deep, hitting four of his six shots from that range. One of these was a 4 point game and helped extend the Warriors’ lead in game four.



Otto Porter Jr. enters the 3-pointer and lets it off plus foul.

After losing a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter, the Wizards at Motor City had to work overtime. Overall number 1 Cade Cunningham was up to the opportunity as he was responsible for eight of Detroit’s 10 overtime points, but it still wasn’t enough to beat Washington.

Kyle Kuzma led the Wizards with 22 of his 26 points after halftime. The Wizards are now 3-0 in overtime games this season, the top grade in the NBA, while Detroit has lost its 10th straight game.

Game flow: Kuzma’s return to his home state had a fabulous ending. He conceded a green three-pointer with 0.6 seconds to go in overtime to secure Washington’s victory.



Knotted at 116, Kyle Kuzma sinks a corner 3 pointer as the Wizards slide past the Pistons in overtime.

Its winner also caught the attention of former teammate LeBron James.


– LeBron James (@KingJames) December 9, 2021

James Harden returned to the fan-filled Toyota Center after being traded with the Houston Rockets last season. The crowd gave him a standing ovation when a tribute video of the team played during the game.



James Harden comes on hiatus and makes heart symbols to the crowd after the Rockets play a tribute video for him.

Despite the niceties, the Rockets spoiled his homecoming in Houston.

Rockets Guard Garrison Matthews scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, and a key theft against Harden helped secure the win. Houston’s winning streak extended to seven after the team lost their previous 15 competitions.

Game flow: Kenyon Martin Jr. was on the wrong side of a vicious dunk in Paul Millsap’s first, but the sophomore striker later made up for it with an impressive throw over Jevon Carter to end the third.



KJ Martin electrifies the crowd when he runs a vicious one-handed slam against Jevon Carter at the end of the third quarter.

After Oklahoma City broke off its eight-game losing streak against Detroit on Monday, it stayed in the victory column on Wednesday with a narrow win over Toronto. The two Canadian-born Thunder players, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Luguentz Dort, led the team in scoring goals.

The victory came with its share of theatricality. After Mike Muscala’s green light 3 gave OKC the lead by nine seconds, Justin Champagnie seemed to tip Fred VanVleet’s missed buzzer beater for the win. However, after the game was reviewed, the umpires ruled that Champagnie’s potential winner stepped in after the final buzzer.

Game flow: From Muscala’s clutch buckets to champagne’s late putbacks, the end of this competition wasn’t too short. Both pieces are worth a different look.



Mike Muscala hits a Trey on one end, then Justin Champagnie’s tip-in comes in on the other, shortly after the horn sounds as the Thunder continues to win.

Philly beat Charlotte for the second time in three nights. Embiid has scored 75 points and 23 rebounds in his last two games at the Hornets’ home arena.

According to Sixers Stats, it’s the ninth time he’s tallied that total in two games and is the only other 76’s to do so alongside Charles Barkley and Wilt Chamberlain.

Game flow: Embiid’s dominance was evident throughout the competition, and this video game-like game sums up its performance.

ESPN Stats & Information contributed to this story.



Joel Embiid uses the backboard to set up his dunk against Charlotte.