Stephen Curry came on the stretch with 22 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter and overtime as the Golden State Warriors showed they’re not a spent force to beat the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Warriors won 125-116 in overtime after Draymond Green’s three-point attempt was over in the dying seconds of regulation before Golden State went on a 9-0 run led by Curry at the Chase Center on Saturday.
Curry shot poorly in the first three quarters but threw off several crucial three-pointers in the final thirds, ending in his first home game since returning with 13 of 27 shots from the field, including six of 15 from the angle and a leg injury.
The result meant the Warriors have won seven straight games at home while it ended the Bucks’ nine-game road streak. Golden State is 11-1 in their last 12 games at the Chase Center.
NBA leaders Milwaukee were without Giannis Antetokounmpo (sore hand) but could usually have won it when Jrue Holiday drove to the basket with suspended points only to be blocked by Curry with 1.9 seconds left.
That was Curry’s 16th block of the season and came after the reigning NBA Finals MVP netted a three-pointer tied.
Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez had the best scores for the Bucks with 19 points, with the latter having seven rebounds and five blocks. Holiday had 18 points with nine rebounds and eight assists.
Klay Thompson and Donte DiVincenzo assisted Curry with 22 and 20 points, respectively, with the latter adding 10 rebounds.
Kawhi shines as Clippers keep winning
Kawhi Leonard continued his resurgent form with 38 points as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the New York Knicks 106-95.
Leonard shot 14 of 22 from the field and is now averaging 31 points in his last seven games, including four 30-point games in that span.
Paul George contributed 22 points for the Clippers, who have won three in a row, while the Knicks have lost three after nine straight wins.
Smart ejects as Celtics cuts Hawks
Jayson Tatum led with 34 points and 15 rebounds after Marcus Smart was ejected for a tussle with Trae Young as the Boston Celtics won 134-125 over the Atlanta Hawks.
Tatum added 11 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter as the Hawks attempted to mount a comeback while Jaylen Brown had 24 points with five rebounds and seven assists.
Hawks guard Young had a game-high 35 points on 13 assists but had to be separated from Smart with 1:25 minutes left, the latter being ejected for his role in their confrontation.