Stephen Curry scored the last of his 42 points on a driving layup with a half-second remaining Sunday and reigning NBA champion Golden State edged the Los Angeles Clippers 129-127.
Kevin Durant added 35 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors (23-11), who won for the eighth time in 10 games despite the Clippers hitting 18-of-23 three-point attempts.
Curry did not play when the Clippers beat the Warriors in overtime earlier this season but the two-time NBA Most Valuable Player lifted Golden State on his shoulders in the rematch and closed out the victory with his dramatic winning shot.
“Just got to make a play and not rush and beat them downhill and I made the play,” Curry said.
“It was a great way to finish.”
The Warriors are 15-3 at home but have stumbled early and are in a fight for the Western Conference lead.
“Teams get hot and we have some slip-ups,” Curry added.
“We just have to figure out how to weather the storm and get the win.”
Durant was powerful defensively, blocking three shots, and all his rebounds came on the defensive end.
“We buckled down in the third and fourth quarter and it was good to make them have to make some tough shots,” Durant said.
“Steph got it going. We wanted to keep feeding him and make it easy for us. The last play was phenomenal.”
Durant said being tested early will toughen the Warriors for games later in the season as they chase a fourth NBA crown in five seasons.
“I like the groove we’re in,” Durant said. “We’ve won some tight games. That experience of playing in some tight games. That’s going to help us down the stretch.”