Stephen Curry continued his explosive form, hitting 7/11 from deep, as the Golden State Warriors defeated archrivals Los Angeles Clippers 112-108 Wednesday night at the Oracle Arena.
Curry finished with 31 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds and a steal as all five Warriors starters scored in double-digits. The reigning MVP drained 13 consecutive points in the final quarter, including a go-ahead three with less than a minute left, as the Warriors sealed the deal. The Warriors are now 5-0 while Clippers are 4-1 after a week of the new NBA season.
With 7:56 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Clippers were leading 95-87 before forward Harrison Barnes (17 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block) led the Warriors fightback with 10 consecutive points, including two crucial three-pointers.
The Clippers refused to go away and went ahead 106-105 with 1:16 to play. Curry answered with his seventh 3-pointer of the night to give the defending champions the lead for good as they became the fifth team to start consecutive seasons with five straight wins.
For the Clippers, Chris Paul (24 points, 9 assists) and Blake Griffin (23 points, 10 rebounds) continued their fine form. Their bench scoring saw a vast improvement from last season.
In what has been arguably the NBA’s most fierce rivalry, the match evoked a lot of emotions.
The Warriors have now defeated Clippers in 18 of the last 20 regular-season home games vs Doc Rivers’ team. This rivalry escalated in the off-season when Rivers said that Warriors “were lucky” not to face them or the San Antonio Spurs during last year’s playoffs.
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