SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry’s supporting cast knew he would finally break out — and he had no doubt either.
“Utmost confidence it will fall eventually,” Curry said. “I just was missing, so not losing confidence is huge.”
Curry hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 1:15 left in overtime, passed to Andrew Wiggins for another the next time down before delivering a final dagger from deep, rallying the Golden State Warriors to a 120-112 win over the Miami Heat yesterday.
“Everything was in rhythm for Steph. Percentages always catch up for him,” Kent Bazemore said. “We just stayed with it, which is good on him, just staying with it and keep letting it fly. He was huge for us late there.”
Bazemore tipped in Wiggins’ miss with 1:32 left for one of his two big baskets in OT and finished with a season-high 26 points — his second 20-point performance this season.
Curry scored 25 points playing a season-high 42 minutes and overcame an off shooting night by finding his stroke when it mattered most. He added 11 assists and seven rebounds.
“It’s just a testament to who he is,” Bazemore said. “When you’ve got a guy like that who believes in you and instills that confidence in you, you feel like you can do anything.”
Jimmy Butler had his second straight triple-double with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for the Heat, who never trailed in regulation.
Curry’s three with 2:26 left in regulation cut it to 103-101 and he stole the ball from Butler on the other end moments later. Bazemore made consecutive hoops to tie it with 52 seconds remaining. Kelly Oubre Jr missed a three for the win.
“The last few minutes of the fourth we were just scrambling out there and I thought Baze kind of led the charge. He really made some huge plays for us and kept us in it,” coach Steve Kerr said.
“Then of course Steph, this is so typical of Steph, he’s just the kind of player and the kind of person who can be in the midst of one of his worst shooting nights of the year and still hit three enormous shots to help us win the game.”
Kendrick Nunn scored 19 points for Miami, coming off a 125-118 loss at the Clippers on Monday night.
Golden State started with a 13-3 burst out of halftime to make it a game again after falling behind 61-46 at the break. Wiggins wound up with 23 points as Curry mostly struggled.
Curry was three for 11 in the first half, missing eight of his nine three-point tries. He finished five of 20 from long range as Golden State went 18 for 52 and got outrebounded 50-45.