NBA: Steph Curry’s late burst rallies Warriors past Bucks in OT
Stephen Curry scored 20 of his game-high 36 points in the final 1:51 of regulation and overtime, lifting host Golden State to a 125-116 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night in San Francisco.
Curry took over a game that the Warriors trailed 108-100 with 2:05 remaining after a 3-pointer by the Bucks’ Joe Ingles.
After he almost single-handedly forced the overtime, he sandwiched a pair of Klay Thompson hoops with two- and 3-pointers of his own, giving Golden State it wouldn’t relinquish.
Curry later iced Golden State’s seventh straight home win with an interior hoop and two free throws.
What a night for Steph Curry 🔥
Warriors win a thriller in OT. pic.twitter.com/KvAgtdd5jZ
— NBA (@NBA) March 12, 2023
Thompson finished with 22 points, Donte DiVincenzo 20 and JaMychal Green a season-best 18 for the Warriors, who salvaged a split with the Eastern Conference’s top team in their two-game season series.
Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton had 19 points apiece in a balanced attack for Milwaukee, which was seeking its third straight win since Giannis Antetokounmpo left the lineup with a sore right hand.
Despite being down by as many as 13 in the third quarter, Milwaukee appeared headed to a 10th straight road win before the wild finish to regulation. It began when Curry buried two 3-pointers and a driving layup in a personal eight-point flurry that drew Golden State even at 109-all with 45.1 seconds to go.
Jrue Holiday put Milwaukee back in position for a regulation win with a 28-footer with 31.1 seconds left, but Curry then came through again, this time on a 3-pointer with 19.0 seconds left that tied the game at 111-all.
Curry, who had just seven points at halftime and was just 1-for-5 on 3-pointers, finished 13-for-27 overall from the field and 6-for-15 on threes.
Both teams made more than 20 threes, with Golden State going 23-for-55 and the Bucks 21-for-51.
Jordan Poole added 13 points for the Warriors, while Kevon Looney chipped in with a game-high 15 rebounds and five steals to go with seven points, and Draymond Green with 13 rebounds and a game-high nine assists.
Seven Bucks, including all five starters, scored in double figures. Holiday had 18 to go with nine rebounds and a team-high eight assists, Bobby Portis 15 to complete a double-double with a team-high 13 rebounds, Ingles 15, Jevon Carter 13 and Grayson Allen 12.
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