Sunday, 28 February 2016
Warriors Win in Overtime as Stephen Curry Drills 12th 3-Pointer
Stephen Curry’s 3-pointer from beyond 30 feet with 0.6 of a second left in overtime gave the Golden State Warriors a 121-118 win over the Thunder on Saturday night in Oklahoma City.
Curry’s winning shot was his 12th 3-pointer, tying the N.B.A. single-game record. He also broke his own N.B.A. record for 3-pointers in a season, with the new mark at 288 with 24 games to play.
Curry has made a 3-pointer in an N.B.A.-record 129 straight games.
With the win, and with Houston’s loss to San Antonio, Golden State became the first team since the 1987-88 Los Angeles Lakers to wrap up a postseason berth by the end of February. More than six weeks remain in the regular season.
Curry, the league’s scoring leader, who finished with 46 points, missed about six minutes of the third quarter with a left ankle injury. He had driven to the basket and rolled the ankle before Thunder guard Russell Westbrook stepped on it.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 37 points, but he fouled out in the first minute of overtime.
Oklahoma City led by 12 in the fourth quarter, but the Warriors rallied. Klay Thompson made a 3 from the left corner to cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 100-99. It was the first 3 of the game for any Warriors player other than Curry.
Durant responded with a 3-pointer with 14.5 seconds left to put the Thunder up, 103-99.
Thompson quickly scored a layup, and then the Thunder turned the ball over. Andre Iguodala was fouled with 0.7 of a second left and made both free throws to tie the score and force the extra period.
The Warriors won their previous meeting with the Thunder, 116-108, at home on Feb. 6. The teams play again Thursday at Golden State.
SPURS 104, ROCKETS 94 Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge added 26 to lead San Antonio to a win at Houston. The Spurs (50-9), who won their fifth straight, are tied as the seventh-fastest team in N.B.A. history to reach 50 wins. San Antonio has a double-digit lead in the Southwest Division and the second-best record in the N.B.A., behind Golden State.
CELTICS 101, HEAT 89 Marcus Smart had 15 points and 6 rebounds, and Boston held off Miami, giving the Celtics their 10th consecutive victory at home.
Boston took just a 2-point lead into the final quarter but seized control at 93-84 with 2 minutes 45 seconds to play after three free throws by Smart.
Goran Dragic led the Heat with 21 points but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter.
After the game, the Heat announced that they had signed Joe Johnson, who cleared waivers after being released by the Nets. Johnson gives Miami a much-needed scoring option.
PISTONS 102, BUCKS 91 Andre Drummond, with 15 points and 17 rebounds, posted his N.B.A.-leading 50th double-double, and Detroit built on a strong start from 3-point range to beat host Milwaukee. Reggie Jackson had 22 points and 8 assists for Detroit, which won its third straight.
Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 26 points.
TRAIL BLAZERS 103, BULLS 95 Damian Lillard scored 31 points, and visiting Portland won for the 16th time in 20 games, beating Chicago.
Lillard hit the 30-point mark for the sixth time in seven games, and Mason Plumlee added 16 points and 9 rebounds. The Bulls got a triple-double from Pau Gasol (22 points, 16 rebounds and a career-high 14 assists).
T’WOLVES 112, PELICANS 110 Karl-Anthony Towns had 30 points and 15 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins hit two free throws with 3.6 seconds left, and Minnesota rallied to beat host New Orleans.
Zach LaVine added 25 points, making a 3-pointer with 2:43 left that gave the Timberwolves their first lead since the first quarter.