News ID: 210467
Published: 0337 GMT February 23, 2018

Warriors hold off Clippers to get back in winning ways

Warriors hold off Clippers to get back in winning ways
Warriors' JaVale McGee dunks the ball in the first period of their NBA game against Clippers at Oracle Arena in Oakland on February 22, 2018.

Stephen Curry swished a beautiful buzzer-beater from way back early and hit another timely three-pointer late on the way to scoring 44 points, and the Warriors held off the Los Angeles Clippers 134-127 on Thursday night.

Kevin Durant had 21 points and eight assists, Klay Thompson added 19 points, and Draymond Green contributed 13 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals, The Associated Press reported.

“It takes a full effort. It’s not easy to win an NBA game, it’s really not,” Kerr said. “It takes the full 48. We’re not there yet.”

Curry shot 14 for 19, including 8 of 11 from deep, and made all eight of his free throws in his third 40-point game of the season. Curry also had 10 assists, six rebounds and two steals.

The buzzer-beater was sweet, giving Golden State “a good vibe.”

“Obviously I feel every one I take has a chance to go in,” he said. “Not really worrying about shooting percentages, just chuck it and see what happens.”

Steve Kerr challenged his superstar roster to begin games better on the defensive end, which the Warriors did. Then the Clippers nearly came back with a surge down the stretch in what became an entertaining back-and-forth in the closing minutes.

Golden State led 104-93 on David West’s two free throws with 11:31 to play before a 9-0 Clippers run cut it to two.

Curry let it fly from nearly halfcourt to end the first quarter, both his furthest three of the season and first as time expired. Those have been his signature shots in recent seasons, so the sellout crowd went crazy.

The two-time NBA MVP made another three just before halftime, then Los Angeles’ Danilo Gallinari drained a 47-footer at the buzzer to get the Clippers within 70-58 at the break.

“Steph was incredible as he always is,” Clippers guard Austin Rivers said.

Tobias Harris scored 22 points, Gallinari wound up with 15 and DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 14 rebounds for Los Angeles, which had won five of six.

McGee earned his fifth start of the season and had six points and four rebounds in nearly 14 minutes.

The Warriors are now 7-1 this season in the next game against an opponent after losing the first meeting. The Clippers beat Golden State 126-106 on January 10 at Oracle Arena.

Thompson made two quick 3s to become the 10th Warriors player to reach 10,000 career points in the regular season, and his first three moved him past Joe Barry Carroll (9,996 points) for 10th place on the franchise’s career scoring list.

Golden State lost at Portland before the break but improved to 13-1 following a loss this season.

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