SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 38 points and the Golden State Warriors erased a big second-half deficit yesterday to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 115-105.
The Warriors trailed by 21 late in the third quarter but Curry scored 19 in that period and pulled Golden State within six entering the fourth.
Golden State (5-4) then outscored Los Angeles 34-18 over the final 12 minutes and snapped a four-game losing streak against the Clippers, who beat them at the Chase Center two nights earlier.
Paul George had 25 points for the Clippers (6-4) and Kawhi Leonard added 24, but Golden State turned up the defence after the Clippers scored 65 in the first half.
Curry got payback after being held to just 13 points in Thursday’s loss. His nine three-pointers yesterday were the most by a Warriors player this season, and he added 11 assists.
“It’s just who Steph is,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s been doing this for many, many years and it’s one of the reasons he’s a two- time MVP. Usually with Steph, when he has a tough game he bounces back with the next one.”
Andrew Wiggins scored 16 for the Warriors but Curry was predominantly a one-man show through the first three quarters. He got help in the fourth as Eric Paschall, Brad Wanamaker and Kent Bazemore all hit big shots.
The Clippers shot 58.7 per cent from the floor in the first half and led 65-51. George had 17 points on six-of-seven shooting, including four for four from beyond the arc.
“I think it’s good something like this happened to us early in the season,” George said. “We have to be a better closing-out team. They got hot and they stayed hot the last two quarters. The momentum swung and that team was playing with a lot of confidence.”
But Curry rallied the Warriors with his big third quarter and when Paschall hit a three-pointer to put the Warriors up 92-89 with 10:01 left, it gave them their first lead since it was 3-2.
Los Angeles got to the basket easily in the first two quarters, outscoring Golden State 28-16 in the paint.