SAN FRANCISCO — Stephen Curry hit an tying three-pointer with 1:18 to play, moments later a go-ahead layup on a perfect long pass from Kevon Looney, then another dagger 3 on his way to 40 points, taking the Golden State Warriors pass the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-101 on Friday night.
Donovan Mitchell had 29 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for Cleveland, but gripped his right ankle hard during the waning moments. He got up and hit a couple of free throws with 12.4 seconds left.
Curry extended his NBA record to 200 regular-season games in a row with at least one three-pointer, shooting 6 of 11 from deep.
A rarity: he missed two free throws in the last 17.6 seconds, but delivered a second consecutive 40-point performance.
Evan Mobley had 20 points and 12 rebounds when Cleveland lost a third straight streak after an eight-game winning streak.
Andrew Wiggins’ short jumper with 8:48 left tied the game and Looney’s layup the next time gave the Warriors the lead. Wiggins delivered a big dunk with 6:06 to play and finished with 20 points.
Klay Thompson struggled with his shot going 3 of 13 for nine points for the Warriors. His 3 with 2:53 left made it 96-95.
Golden State’s Draymond Green had 13 assists and 10 rebounds with two points. He was hit by a technical injury shortly before half-time and coach Steve Kerr also received a T.
Jordan Poole came off the bench and scored 18 points for Golden State, who are still trying to find the right combinations to consistently synchronize.
Wayne AI Frederick, the 17th president of Howard University, considered mailing Curry his presidential medal in honor of the reigning NBA Finals MVP for his support and work on the school’s golf program, but Curry asked him to come in person instead.
PROTECT THE PAINT
Cleveland coach JB Bickerstaff’s team scored 52 points in the paint and helped keep the Warriors in check.
“They break you down and they break your back with dots in the paint,” he said. “As long as they’re on this flight I know there’s a huge fear of the 3-point shot, but they’ll kill you with layups.”
Cavaliers: Former Warriors top assistant Luke Walton returned as Cavs assistant to face his former franchise. He spent time catching up with Warriors coaches and executives before the game. … Cleveland has not defeated the Warriors in the regular season since a 109-108 win on December 25, 2016. …
Warriors: Curry’s 3-point streak dates back to December 1, 2018 in Detroit. … G Donte DiVincenzo returned from a 10-game absence with a strained left hamstring that hurt him on Oct. 23 against Sacramento. DiVincenzo played 16 minutes. … Golden State is 5-1 and 2-0 at home vs. the Eastern Conference. … The Warriors have won the last 11 in the series – their longest active streak against any opponent – and eight times in a row at home. Including playoffs, Golden State has won 19 of the last 20.
Warriors: Sunday at Kings for the second game between Northern California’s rivals in seven days. The Warriors have won the last seven vs. Sacramento, two in a row on the road.