Golden State’s Australian center Andrew Bogut had saved the ball from going out of bounds and swatted it to Green, who leapt and released his shot. He did make six 3-pointers in 16 attempts.
Draymond Green beat the shot-clock with an awkward three-pointer with 40.2 seconds left in overtime to give the Warriors a 107-103 lead. Curry is leading the Warriors, who are on pace to break the Chicago Bulls‘ NBA record of 72 wins in a season.
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Before he knew of his official status, coach Steve Kerr said that Shaun Livingston would start the game in the event Curry didn’t play.
The Warriors went home happy, clinching a playoff berth in February and closing out their trip with a 5-1 record despite some apparent halftime discord. However, his biggest offensive contribution came when he followed in a Draymond Green miss in overtime, extending a one-point lead to three rather than allowing Atlanta a possession that could have given the Hawks the lead.
1995-96 Bulls’ record through 59 games: 53-6. He was re-taped and thrown back into the game in the second quarter.
“We’re not going to do anything insane, obviously”, Kerr said. Former Warrior Kent Bazemore scored 15 points with nine rebounds. However, in this day and age it looks like nothing can stop Curry as he is on a straight trajectory to becoming one of the best players in the league and of all time. However, the Hawks didn’t score again until Korver’s 3-pointer with 1:45 left, a drought during which Golden State scored eight straight points to regain a 95-90 advantage.
Kobe Bryant remained sidelined but D’Angelo Russell fired in 39 points to help the Lakers win at home for just the seventh time this season.
Although the franchise failed to qualify for the postseason previous year, expectations couldn’t be higher for this iteration of the Thunder.
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer elected to play Schroder down the stretch, including all of the fourth quarter.
The Trail Blazers have now won 18 of their past 22 games. Most recently on Feb 27, he sunk a circus 38 ft jumper as time expired to edge the Warriors over the third place Thunder.
NOTES: The decision to hold out Warriors PG Stephen Curry (strained left ankle) and SF Andre Iguodala (tight left hamstring) was made about 75 minutes before tipoff.
Green hopes that shot could shake him out of his shooting slump, as he’s struggled in his last ten games (31 for his last 90 from the field, including his 0-for-8 outing against Oklahoma City last Saturday night).