Curry hot for GSW, LeBron helps Cavs home

Returning Stephen Curry and a slightly off game LeBron James did enough to help Golden State and Cleveland win their respective NBA semifinal games on Tuesday.

Playing his first game in nearly six weeks Curry (knee) scored 28 points off the bench, helping the Warriors to a 121-116 win and 2-0 series lead over the New Orleans in their Western Conference matchup in Oakland.

James was not at his best but still produced a triple-double to guide the Cavaliers to 113-112 overtime win in the east against Toronto.

He posted 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds in 46 minutes on court as the defending eastern conference champions edged game one.

JR Smith scored 20 points and Kyle Korver added 19 for Cleveland, who never led in regulation but came up big when it mattered most.

Jeff Green had 16 points while Tristan Thompson contributed 14 points and 12 rebounds for the fourth-seeded Cavaliers.

DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points and Jonas Valanciunas recorded 21 points and 21 rebounds for the top-seeded Raptors, who struggled to find the basket down the stretch.

Toronto's Fred VanVleet missed a potential winning three-pointer with 3.4 seconds left in overtime.

Game two is Thursday in Toronto.

Meanwhile the Warriors' late run coincided with Curry re-entering the game for the final time with 6:59 to go and the Pelicans hanging within 101-98.

Kevin Durant hit two jumpers and a pair of free throws as the home side went on a decisive 9-0 run.

Andre Iguodala got the critical burst going with a steal and dunk on which he was fouled by Rajon Rondo. The dunk attempt clanged high off the back of the rim before falling through the net.

Iguodala then dropped in the subsequent free throw for a 104-98 lead.

Durant took over from there, first hitting two free throws, then a pair of short shots that extended the advantage to 110-98 with 5:15 left.

The Pelicans got as close as 119-113 on a three-pointer by Anthony Davis with 35.9 seconds remaining. However, New Orleans were forced to foul Draymond Green, whose two free throws stalled the rally.

Curry hit eight of his 15 shots and five of his 10 three-point attempts, and he also found time for seven assists.

Durant led the Warriors with 29 points, while Green finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and 12 assists.

The series shifts to New Orleans for game three on Friday and game four on Sunday.