Draymond Green and Klay Thompson led the Warriors to a dramatic, 111-108 victory over Denver on Saturday night. It was Golden State’s 34th consecutive home win, in front of the 150th straight sellout at Oracle Arena.
Green had 29 points, 17 rebounds and 14 assists, while Thompson added 26 points. Danilo Gallinari led the Nuggets with 24 points.
Denver took its first lead all night early in overtime, but the Warriors moved back ahead after Green made a driving layup and then passed to Ian Clark for a floater. Kenneth Faried muscled home a basket to tie the game at 106-106.
That’s when Marreese Speights took a charge from Denver’s Will Barton. Speights followed that by sinking a free-throw line jump shot to push the Warriors ahead 108-106.
Back came Faried, scoring inside again to tie the game at 108-108. Thompson then sliced into the lane and softly dropped home a driving layup to give the Warriors a two-point lead with 15.6 seconds left.
Barton – who had tied the game at the end of regulation – missed a shot with Andre Iguodala draped all over him. Thompson made one of two free throws with 6.9 seconds left, giving the Warriors a 111-108 lead and leaving the Nuggets with another chance.
But Barton missed a three-point shot at the buzzer, with Thompson contesting him.
Curry didn’t look much like Stephen Curry in his abbreviated return. That didn’t stop the Warriors, mostly because Green played a lot like Draymond Green.
The Warriors, though, faced larger issues – a spate of injuries headlined by Curry. He left the game late in the second quarter and did not return; the Warriors announced he sustained a left shin contusion.
Curry missed two games earlier in the week with an injury in the same area. He apparently got hit there again during his 14 minutes on the court Saturday night.