Curry breaks hand in Warriors’ loss

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The Golden State Warriors suffered another hammer blow on Wednesday as two-time MVP Steph Curry broke his hand during defeat to the Phoenix Suns.

The fallen champions are already in rebuild mould after the break-up of their three-time NBA-winning squad and had lost two of their first three games ahead of their match-up with Phoenix.

And their 121-110 home loss – fuelled by Devin Booker’s 31 points – paled into insignificance when Curry’s injury was announced.

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James Harden loaded up 59 points as the Houston Rockets edged the Washington Wizards 159-158 in a classic, Bradley Beal (46 points) coming down on the losing team.

The Philadelphia 76ers saw off the Minnesota Timberwolves 117-95, Joel Embiid scoring 19 points as he got the better of Karl-Anthony Towns in their rivalry, thought tensions did spill over on the court as the pair clashed in the third quarter.

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The fancied LA Clippers rested Kawhi Leonard and lost 110-96 to the Utah Jazz on the back of 29 points from Mike Conley, while Kevin Love led Cleveland to a 117-111 win over Chicago.

The Boston Celtics were impressive in a 116-105 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, Kemba Walker leading the way with 32, while Brooklyn’s early struggles continue after a 118-108 loss to Indiana.

Pascal Siakam posted 30 points as reigning champions the Toronto Raptors won 125-113 against the Detroit Pistons, Damian Lillard led the Portland Trail Blazers to a 102-99 win over Oklahoma City, the Charlotte Hornets beat the Sacramento Kings 118-111 and the Orlando Magic saw off the New York Knicks 95-83.