ORLANDO, Fla. — The Golden State Warriors are first in the NBA in so many offensive categories you would think adding another one wouldn't mean much. This one did.
The Warriors had 46 assists, the most by any team in the NBA this season, in a 133-112 romp over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.
Klay Thompson led Golden State with 27 points, Kevin Durant had 25 and Steph Curry 23, but it was the 46 assists on 55 field goals that had the Warriors talking after the game.
"Forty-six assists is insane," coach Steve Kerr said.
"That's amazing," added Durant, who was ejected for arguing with 4:52 left. "Everybody came and made plays tonight. We moved well without the ball and kept clicking on all cylinders."
Curry matched Draymond Green with a team-high 10 assists
"That's what we pride ourselves on, ball movement, getting everyone involved," Curry said. "Everybody gets touches and we help each other in that way because we are all threats."
Aaron Gordon led Orlando with 29 points, Evan Fournier had 22, and Jonathon Simmons 18. The Magic have lost 10 of their last 11 and were playing catchup all night against the defending NBA champion Warriors.
"Golden State definitely impresses you with everything they do," Magic coach Frank Vogel said. "Their passing, their cutting, their ability to play off each other and their shot-making facilitates all of that stuff."
The Warriors shot 62.5 percent from the field and had so many open looks they didn't need to be selective about where the shots came from. Golden State hit 12 of 24 from behind the 3-point line and 11 of the 13 players had at least one assist.
"I think the guys were embarrassed by the last two games," Kerr said, referring to an overtime win over the Lakers and a loss to the Sacramento. "If we can just play with that kind of energy, a little better judgment and a little better defense, we're on to something. This is a good step in the right direction."
Golden State led wire-to-wire, taking advantage of crisp passing and aggressive shooting by its stars to build an early lead and successfully hold off any Magic rallies. Thompson was 11 of 14 from the field, and Durant 10 of 14.
Jordan Bell added 16 points, Green had 12 points to go with his 10 assists and five rebounds, and Omri Casspi 11 for Golden State, which expanded a 13-point lead after Durant was ejected.
Orlando also had a good night offensively, making 11 three-pointers and shooting 45.8 percent, but the Magic do not have the firepower to get into a shootout with the Warriors.
Golden State backup guard Shaun Livingston was the only one of the 19 players used in the first half not to score.
Not that it needs one, but Golden State may have discovered another emerging star off its bench in rookie Jordan Bell. Kerr promised the second-round pick from Oregon more playing time and he made the most of it, scoring 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting.
"He was great tonight, wonderful energy," Kerr said. "We'll keep playing him and continue to help grow." Bell also had four rebounds and three blocks in 16 minutes.
Added Curry, "He's obviously a freak athlete and he has a sixth sense on where to be on defense. He seemed like he was extremely comfortable out there."
Magic coach Frank Vogel said he didn't want to comment on his team's inability to sustain effort from game to game, but he was willing to talk about the team's defense, or lack thereof.
"We're not tough enough at the defensive end," Vogel said. "We could be tougher, more alert, more physical, compete more ... we just got to play tougher than that to beat the champs."
The Warriors had a season-high 41 points in the first quarter. They now have seven straight games with 10 or more 3-pointers. Curry passed Jason Kidd for eighth place on the career 3-pointers made list. Thompson has a 3-pointer in 77 straight games, the longest current mark in the NBA.
Kings 107, Bulls 106
CHICAGO — The slumping Chicago Bulls may have seemed like the more desperate team, but Zach Randolph thought the Sacramento Kings needed a win just as badly.
Randolph had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 19 points and the Kings beat the Bulls 107-106 on Friday night, extending Chicago's losing streak to eight games.
"Everybody's desperate right now — especially us," Randolph said.
It was the third road win this season for the Kings (7-15).
"It's tough getting road wins," Randolph said. "Any team it's tough, trying to go into their place to get a win.
"It was a good win, a team win. Everybody contributed."
Randolph was 12 for 19 from the field. Garrett Temple had 13 points and Willie Cauley-Stein added 10 points and four blocks for the Kings.
Jerian Grant had 17 points, while rookie Lauri Markkanen, Robin Lopez and Paul Zipser scored 14 points apiece for Chicago, which dropped to an NBA-worst 3-18.
It was the second straight night the Bulls lost by a point, although Friday's game ended with a meaningless 3-pointer at the buzzer. Chicago's last win was a 123-120 decision against Charlotte on Nov. 17.
"It's pretty tough," Denzel Valentine (six points) said. "I think tonight we just didn't play with the same edge. I don't know whether it was travel. We weren't aggressive. We didn't have the same edge as last night, so that's what we get."
Chicago kept it close throughout the fourth quarter. Randolph hit what turned out to be the key basket, giving Sacramento a 103-99 lead with 51.5 seconds left.
Cauley-Stein also contributed with tough defense on Markkanen down the stretch as the Bulls came up empty on three straight possessions in the final 2½ minutes.
The Kings and Bulls are rebuilding with a host of athletic high flyers, but Randolph, the old-school big man, controlled things with his ground game.
"How about a 36-year-old that goes and gets 25 and 13 and has one free throw," Sacramento coach Dave Joerger said. "That's amazing. That's fantastic work by Zach, and we did a good job of playing off of him, too."
Kings rookie Justin Jackson and second-year players Georgios Papagiannis and Malachi Richardson were assigned to the Reno Bighorns of the G League.
“It’s a developmental tool for them to be able to play,” Joerger said.
Sharks 2, Panthers 1
SUNRISE, Fla. —
Video replay finally worked in favor of the San Jose Sharks.
Chris Tierney scored in the third period to lift the Sharks over the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Friday night, with San Jose benefiting from two goal reviews.
The last six video reviews had gone against the Sharks in a seven-game span from Nov. 16-24, including two when the Sharks hosted the Panthers on Nov. 16.
Tierney gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead with 12:45 left. Tierney backhanded a rebound from the side of the net and the puck bounced off Roberto Luongo's pads and trickled across the goal line.
The play was reviewed by the officials because it was unclear if the puck completely crossed the line.
"I didn't really see it wholly," Tierney said. "I thought the angle I hit it off his back that it was going to go in. I thought I saw something cross the line. I'm glad we have instant replay and they can check that out."
"I made the save and the guy just happened to be by the net and banked it off of me," Luongo said. "A bit of bad luck on that one."
Joe Pavelski scored his 300th goal, and Aaron Dell made 39 saves for the Sharks in his second consecutive start. San Jose won its third straight game.
Colton Sceviour scored for the Panthers and Luongo stopped 30 shots.
The Sharks tied it on the goal by Pavelski. A loose puck bounced from behind the net, and Pavelski swept it in from in front between the post and Luongo's skate at 11:20 of the second period. Pavelski is the 19th American-born player to reach 300 goals.
"Definitely proud of it," Pavelski said. "I've played with a lot of good players, made a lot of good plays. It's one of those things you just keep moving forward."
The Panthers challenged Pavelski's goal for goalie interference, claiming that Pavelski's skate in the crease crossed the goal line and prevented Luongo from extending his leg to the post to block the shot, but the call stood.
"That was nice," Pavelski said. "That was like six straight (reviews against us) there. Felt like it was going to be seven. I really did. It was nice to see it not overturned."
The Panthers didn't agree.
"I watched it three or four times on the bench and I knew that he couldn't get his (Luongo's) leg over," Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. "There was no way of getting his leg over with Pavelski in the crease, and I thought that would be cut-and-dried call, but it didn't go our way. We had it go our way last game, but in the grand scheme of things we got 40 shots, we've got to score more than one goal."
The Sharks were happy to finally have a review go their way.
"We felt it was a goal, so glad to get it," Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said. "We've had enough of those go the other way and it's cost us some points. So that all evens out."
The Panthers took a 1-0 on Sceviour's goal. Sceviour poked in a loose puck with 1:49 left in the first period.
Sharks forward Joonas Donskoi missed the game with a lower body injury and is day-to-day.
San Jose visits the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.