The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Even after a series of misses from deep where he makes his money, Stephen Curry kept letting it fly from long range.
Then, at last, the ball started falling.
Curry scored 29 points on his 29th birthday, Klay Thompson added 28 and the Golden State Warriors used a frenetic fourth-quarter rally to snap a three-game skid and beat the Philadelphia 76ers 106-104 on Tuesday night.
“It’s frustrating only because in the moment, everything feels good. You want to make shots, as a competitor and a gamer, that’s what you expect to happen,” Curry said. “It’s one of those things you just will yourself through.”
Dario Saric intentionally missed his second free throw with 2.6 seconds remaining to try to give the Sixers one last shot, but Curry secured the ball.
Curry struggled to knock down open 3-pointers again but came through from deep with 5:38 left and again with a key baseline 3 at 3:42. Matt Barnes hit one a minute later from the opposite corner for a 104-99 lead.
“He found it at the right time and he came through for us when we needed it the most,” Draymond Green said of Curry.
Curry’s jumper with 9:55 to play pulled the Warriors within 90-86 after Golden State trailed 90-78 to begin the final quarter. Green’s 3 at 8:04 made it a one-point game, and Shaun Livingston gave Golden State the lead the next time down.
Green had 20 points with 11 free throws, eight assists, eight rebounds and six blocks for the Warriors, who trailed by as many as 16 in the third.
Saric had 25 points in the Sixers’ eighth straight loss to Golden State. The Warriors’ winning streak in the series matches their longest ever, along with a stretch from Dec. 16, 1971, to March 11, ‘73.
“It should hurt,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “We put in the time, we were in a position on the road to try to get a great win.”
Curry shot just 8 for 23 and 5 of 13 from 3-point range, making him 26 for 89 from deep in his past eight games.
The Warriors aren’t worried. Thompson and others remind him of all his incredible feats.
“He’ll have a huge breakout game coming soon,” Thompson said. “He’s better missing now than come May or June.”
Sanders revives career with Cavs
CLEVELAND (AP) — Larry Sanders’ long journey back to the court could lead him to a championship.
Sanders, who hasn’t played in the NBA in two years, signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday and is ready to help his new team defend its title.
“I’m ecstatic,” he said. “Playing with these guys, it’s a great group of guys, a great organization. I’ll give my all out there and hopefully contribute to a winner.”
Sanders’ contract was bought out by the Milwaukee Bucks in February 2015 after a suspension for marijuana use and his apparent lack of commitment to professional basketball.
Sanders said before a game Tuesday night against Detroit that being away from basketball helped him mature and gave him time “to focus on myself. I relied on my family. I feel confident coming back to the game.”
LeBron James encouraged the Cavaliers to sign the 28-year-old Sanders, who averaged 6.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in five seasons with Milwaukee.
“It means a lot coming from him to have faith in me,” Sanders said.