The Associated Press

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DENVER — Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors weren’t trying to send any sort of message or make any kind of statement against a team they were chasing in the Western Conference.

“They know who we are,” Durant said.

Still, message received.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each scored 31 points as the Warriors, propelled by an NBA-record, 51-point first quarter, regained the top spot in the West by routing the Denver Nuggets 142-111 on Tuesday night.

“Beautiful, beautiful basketball,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Just liked the way our guys moved the ball, the shot fakes, playing with purpose, playing with a simple style of execution but aggressive at the same time. Finding that balance is always what we’re looking for. That was as good as it gets for us.

Also Tuesday:

76ers 149, Timberwolves 107: PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid had 31 points and 13 rebounds, and Philadelphia scored 83 points in the first half in thrashing of Minnesota.

Hawks 142, Thunder 126: ATLANTA — Trae Young had 24 points and 11 assists to lead Atlanta.

Bucks 124, Heat 86: MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in his fourth triple-double of the season.

Pacers 131, Suns 97: INDIANAPOLIS — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 20 points in Indiana’s easy victory over Phoenix.

Lakers 107, Bulls 100: LOS ANGELES — Lonzo Ball scored 19 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 17 to lead Los Angeles.

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