The Golden State Warriors were staring at a 23-point deficit and had their undefeated streak in danger against the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday night.
As usual, they turned to their best player and the best shooter in the league, Stephen Curry in climbing out of the large hole to pull off the 122-115 road victory.
Last season’s Most Valuable Player was at it again, dropping 40 points on 11-of-22 shooting from the field and even adding 11 rebounds to tow Golden State to their 13th straight win this season. The Warriors became the fifth team in NBA history to start the season with a 13-0 win-loss record.
Curry was contained in the first quarter when the Clippers grabbed the 41-25 lead. Behind Chris Paul, who finished with 35 points and 8 assists, Los Angeles pushed it to 55-32 about halfway into the first half.
Slowly but surely, the Warriors showed championship poise in cutting down the lead from that point. Golden State outscored Los Angeles, 31-23 in the third quarter and then unleashed a 29-12 run in the final six minutes of the game.
Klay Thompson, who had 25 points on 6-of-12 shooting, hit a crucial three-pointer that gave the Warriors a 113-112 lead with over two minutes to go in the game.
Jamal Crawford (15 points) responded with his own three for a 115-113 Clippers’ lead but Curry fired and made another three off an offensive rebound by Harrison Barnes (21 points and 7 rebounds) to give back the 116-115 lead to the Warriors.
Curry iced the game with six straight made free throws to ice the game.
The Clippers now have lost five of their last seven games and will face the Portland Trail Blazers Friday. The Warriors will aim to protect their immaculate record when the face the Chicago Bulls, also on Friday.