Golden State appeared on its way to another easy victory on Sunday when the game suddenly turned into a 3-point shootout.
Luckily for the Warriors, they have the perfect guy for that.
That guy, Stephen Curry, set another N.B.A. record by making seven 3-pointers and finished with 35 points as the Warriors held on to beat the host Nets, 120-114.
Kevin Durant added 34 points for the Warriors, who were coasting before the Nets made it close with some sizzling shooting behind the arc.
Curry finally turned them back when his final 3-pointer made it 115-108 with 1 minutes 7 seconds to play. He has made at least five 3s in all seven games, breaking George McCloud’s record of six games in a row during the 1995-96 season.
“They got hot in the fourth to try to make it interesting, but we made enough plays down the stretch to obviously get the win,” Curry said.
Klay Thompson continued to struggle behind the arc, going 1 for 5 and falling to 5 for 36 this season. He finished with 18 points and still has not had a 20-point outing. Draymond Green added a season-high 13 assists.
D’Angelo Russell scored 25 points and Caris LeVert had 23 for the Nets, who made 20 3-pointers in 42 attempts and cut a 19-point deficit to two. Russell made five 3s; LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie and Allen Crabbe all had four.
“I think the 3-pointer got them back in the game and ended up we had to play a little bit and execute down the stretch, so it was a solid outing for us,” Durant said.
Golden State, which has won seven in a row against the Nets, has won four straight since its lone loss. T he previous three victories were all by at least 20 points. The franchise record is four consecutive 20-point victories, set by the San Francisco Warriors in 1966-67, and it appeared Golden State was going to equal that.
Curry scored 16 points in the first quarter. The Nets hung close until midway through the second, and another 3 by Curry pushed the score to 63-44 with 1:55 remaining in the half.
“The way the first half went, we easily could have kind of folded, and that’s not what kind of guys we have in that locker room,” said Nets Coach Kenny Atkinson, whose team plays the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Monday. “They’re a resilient bunch, and I thought they competed their tails off, and it was good for the fans to see that we didn’t just succumb to their talent or their aura, so to speak.”
COUSINS APOLOGIZES Warriors Coach Steve Kerr said DeMarcus Cousins apologized for his ejection Friday against the Knicks.
Cousins was sitting on the bench in street clothes when he argued with the referee Scott Foster, who gave him a technical foul and then threw him out of the game. Kerr said they had a good talk since, and that Cousins understood that things were different with the Warriors than with his previous teams.
“That kind of stuff is not going to help us win a championship, it’s not going to help his reputation, and I think he understands that,” Kerr said.