The Warriors announced Curry would miss Tuesday night’s game against the Hawks because of his left ankle.
Thompson, whose short jumper with 11.4 seconds remaining secured the narrow win, led all scorers despite shooting just 8-for-27. He finished with 26 points.
Later, as time expired in the fourth, Green hit a three-point shot to beat the 24-second buzzer and give the Warriors a four-point advantage.
Golden State (54-5) can tie the Bulls’ 44-game unbeaten mark at home from March 30, 1995 to April 4, 1996, when the Warriors host Oklahoma City today. The previous Heat record for shooting percentage in a regular-season game was 63.4 percent on December 16, 2013, against Utah. The Warriors are also an 8.5-point home favorite over the Blazers after opening as a 9-point favorite.
Without Curry, the Warriors hung on to win 109-105. Curry originally rolled the ankle against Oklahoma City last Saturday, but returned after it was re-taped to fire off the game-winning three-pointer in overtime. But leading 104-103 inside a minute to go with the shot clock running down, Andrew Bogut made a desperation save of a ball headed out of bounds, and Green rushed up a wild shot from the wing but swished it. He would finish with a season-high 19 points and seven rebounds in 31 minutes.
The soon-to-be two-time MVP somehow manages to continue to out-do himself, and his most recent performance-46 points, 12 three-pointers and a 35-foot overtime game-winner against the Thunder-may have just been the most spectacular in a long line of transcendent showings. Pau Gasol had 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
Paul Millsap led Atlanta with 19 points.
“It was a great trip especially to rebound after that blowout in Portland”, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said.
Charlotte led by 26 points at halftime and opened its biggest lead at 115-72 on Troy Daniels’ 3-pointer with 7:56 left in the fourth quarter.
“We move the ball so well, but a lot of times, he makes a play to someone, who makes a play to someone, and so on and so forth”, Bogut said. As a Philadelphia 76ers devotee, I can only ooze with envy when I see a team replace four-fifths of its starting lineup in one offseason and remain in the playoff mix heading into March.
Fresh off a 10-point loss to the L.A. Clippers on Monday, the Nets are headed back to Staples Center on Tuesday to take on the far less formidable Lakers, who are riding an eight-game losing streak. The Warriors also missed the services of Andre Igoudala due to a left hamstring injury, reports CBS Sports. The Warriors became the fastest team to 50 wins in National Basketball Association history when they won 102-92 at Atlanta on February 22….