Barnes' trey rescues Warriors
PHILADELPHIA — This was a game even the Warriors felt they should have lost.
Harrison Barnes hit a 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds remaining and Golden State escaped with a 108-105 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.
Klay Thompson had 32 points and Stephen Curry scored 23 for the Warriors, who nearly blew a 24-point second-half lead. Draymond Green added 10 points and 13 rebounds for Golden State, which opened a three-game road trip with its sixth straight victory while matching the NBA's best start through 47 games.
It ties the 1966-67 76ers, who also won 43 of their first 47.
"If the gods delivered what should have happened, we probably should have lost because that's what happens when you mess around with the game and the ball," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
Isaiah Canaan had 18 points to lead the 76ers, who dropped to 7-41 but nearly pulled off the most improbable victory of the NBA season.
"It shows we have no letdown, no backdown," Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said.
Philadelphia trailed by double-digits most of the second half until a late 15-2 run tied the game at 105 with 22.3 seconds left. The Warriors won it when Curry passed inside to Green, who fired outside to Barnes on the right baseline.
"We kind of went into it knowing they were going to trap Steph, so whoever it was that got the ball tried to make a play," Barnes said. "(Green) made that kick to the corner. I just let it ride."
Brown said the 76ers weren't going to let Curry get off a shot.
"Anybody but the MVP," he said.
Ish Smith scored 18 points and Jahlil Okafor, who returned after missing two straight games due to illness, had 13.
The Warriors tied a franchise record with 26 assists in a dominating first half when they went up 73-54. They seemed on cruise control until Philadelphia's stunning rally.
Nerlens Noel made an alley-oop dunk and Smith 16-footer followed and, suddenly, the 76ers were within 103-99 with 1:01 left.
Following a timeout, Canaan converted a four-point play after hitting a 3 and being fouled by Curry to make it 105-103 with 38.6 remaining. Smith then stripped Curry and finished with a dunk to tie it. After Barnes' shot, Philadelphia was unable to get a final shot off after inbounding the ball at halfcourt.
CAVALIERS 117, SPURS 103: At Cleveland, LeBron James scored 29 points and Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving added 21 apiece as the Cleveland Cavaliers finally took down one of the NBA's elite teams. The Cavs won their fourth straight under coach Tyronn Lue. Cleveland came in 0-5 against San Antonio, Golden State and Chicago. Kawhi Leonard scored 24 and LaMarcus Aldridge 15 for the Spurs.
PACERS 109, NUGGETS 105, OT: At Indianapolis, Monta Ellis scored a season-high 32 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers past the Denver Nuggets. Ellis missed a 3-pointer with the game tied at 99 as regulation ended, but he converted a three-point play with 20.4 seconds left in overtime to seal it and send the Pacers to a second straight victory.
RAPTORS 111, PISTONS 107: At Toronto, DeMar DeRozan had 29 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Detroit Pistons to push the team's franchise-best win streak to 11 consecutive games. Kyle Lowry had 18 points and backup center Bismack Biyombo added 12 points and 13 assists. Cory Joseph also had 16 points off the bench. Reserve guard Brandon Jennings led the way for Detroit with 22 points.
PELICANS 105, NETS 103: At New Orleans, Jrue Holiday hit a 15-foot shot with 1.3 seconds remaining and the New Orleans Pelicans held off the Brooklyn Nets. New Orleans' Anthony Davis scored 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in his first game back after sitting out with a concussion. Davis started 0 for 10 from the floor before finding his rhythm. Brook Lopez scored 33 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the Nets.
WIZARDS 123, ROCKETS 122: At Houston, John Wall had 19 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds and the Washington Wizards rallied for a win over the Houston Rockets to snap a three-game losing streak. Ramon Sessions had 17 points off the bench, Jared Dudley had 16 points and Marcin Gortat had 13 points and 11 rebounds. James Harden had 40 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds for Houston.
GRIZZLIES 121, KINGS 117: At Memphis, Tenn., Jeff Green scored 29 points, Marc Gasol had 22 points, six rebounds and five assists, and the Memphis Grizzlies thwarted a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the Sacramento Kings. The Kings, who lost their fourth straight, pulled within 118-117 on a 3-pointer from Darren Collison with 18.7 seconds left.