Steph Curry scored more than 45 points for the third time this season in Golden State’s 113-104 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA on Thursday night, a victory that keeps the Warriors right in contention for the Western Conference title.

American ace Curry, 33, was in sublime form once again, hitting eight three-pointers on his way to a total haul of 46 individual points to extend the Warriors’ winning streak to two matches.

That victory leaves Golden State second in the Western Conference, only behind the Phoenix Suns, who defeated the Thunder 113-101 on Thursday night to rack up their fifth consecutive win and keep themselves in top spot.

Elsewhere, San Antonio Spurs cruised to victory on the road with a 138-110 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, while current champions Milwaukee Bucks defeat Dallas 102-95 despite being without two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The Atlanta Hawks, whose squad have been decimated by Covid-19 absentees, caused a shock as they defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 98-96, the Washington Wizards overcame the New York Knicks 124-117, while the Charlotte Hornets beat Denver Nuggets 115-107.

Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Pelicans also chalked up victories on Thursday night, getting the better of Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons, Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic respectively.

The NBA action continues on Christmas Day and there are three matches taking place, starting with the 17:00 clash between the Knicks and the Hawks at Madison Square Garden.

New York will be looking to bounce back from that defeat to Washington and they can be backed at 8/15 on the Money Line, while Atlanta are 6/4 to make it back-to-back victories.

At 19:30, Milwaukee play host to Boston and the Bucks, who are 11-5 at home this season, are 8/13 to extend their winning streak to three against the 13/10 Celtics, who currently sit eighth in the Eastern Conference.

The final game on Christmas Day will see Western Conference leaders Phoenix take on second-place Golden State at 22:00 (Suns 1/2, Warriors 13/8 – Money Line) in a crucial contest.

The Suns have been fantastic at home this season, boasting a 15-2 record, while the Warriors are 10-4 on the road.

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