Falling out of bounds as the ball dropped through the hoop, Stephen Curry screamed into the Chase Center rafters in the midst of the Warriors’ 115-105 comeback win over the Clippers Friday.
Between the third and fourth quarters, the Warriors leaned on a small-ball lineup and a 34-6 run to earn a signature win over one of the NBA’s title contenders.
Curry’s shout was prompted by a fastbreak spurred by a Clippers turnover and a Kent Bazemore assist that cut a 22-point deficit to six at the end of the third quarter. Curry, who finished with 38 points on 13-for-24 shooting (9-for-14 from 3-point range) and 11 assists, paced the Warriors’ decisive run along with Bazemore (six points, two assists), Damion Lee (eight points) and Mychal Mulder (six points).
Though the offense struggled to find a flow early, head coach Steve Kerr’s decision to bench a struggling Kelly Oubre Jr. in the middle of the third quarter and play out most of the second half with a three-guard lineup helped create space for Curry to cook.
With the Warriors up 100-97 with 5:15 to go, Curry checked back into the game, as did Kawhi Leonard for the Clippers. Leonard quickly popped in a 13-footer to narrow Golden State’s lead the one, but did not score again. He finished with 24 points, four assists and three rebounds while Paul George added 25 points, seven assists and four rebounds.
The win earns Golden State a split of the miniseries against the Clippers. Check back for takeaways from the game.
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