Stephen Curry’s three-pointer from beyond 30 feet with 0.6 seconds left in overtime gave the Golden State Warriors a 121-118 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Stephen Curry had no clue how far from the hoop he was. He just knew it was time to shoot.
His three-pointer from beyond 30 feet with 0.6 seconds left in overtime gave the Golden State Warriors a 121-118 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.
“Honestly, I don’t know exactly where I am, so it’s not like I’m calibrating in my head, all right, 38 feet, 37, 36,” he said. “Just literally, you’ve got a sense of — I’ve shot the shot plenty of times, you’re coming across half court and timing up your dribbles, and you want to shoot before the defense goes in. And that was pretty much my only thought.”
Golden State, with the best 58-game record in NBA history at 53-5, became the first team this season to clinch a playoff berth. The Warriors are also the first team since the 1987-88 Los Angeles Lakers to clinch a playoff spot in February.
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Curry finished with 46 points, and his winning shot was his 12th three-pointer, tying the NBA record for one game.
Warriors forward Draymond Green thought Curry had time to get closer to the hoop before the release.
“What was that, 40 feet?” Green asked. “That’s absurd.”
Golden State guard Klay Thompson is beyond the point of being surprised anymore.
“Everybody in this locker room, we’ve seen him practice from that range every day,” Thompson said. “He’s got the greatest range I’ve ever seen. He makes it look so effortless.”
Curry also broke his NBA record for threes in a season, leaving the new mark at 288.
“I never would have thought at this point in the season I would be closing in on 300 and all that kind of stuff,” he said. “That doesn’t make sense to me. I’ve always tried to push the envelope and keep getting better, but a lot has to go right to get to this point.”
Thompson scored 32 points and Green had 14 assists for the Warriors, who won their fifth straight.
Curry, the league’s scoring leader and reigning MVP, missed about six minutes of the third quarter with a left ankle injury. He drove to the basket and rolled the ankle before Thunder guard Russell Westbrook stepped on it.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 37 points, but he fouled out in the first minute of overtime. Westbrook had 26 points and 13 assists, and Serge Ibaka had 15 points and 20 rebounds for the Thunder.
• Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 26 to lead the San Antonio Spurs to 104-94 win over the host Houston Rockets, tying the mark as the seventh-fastest team in NBA history to reach 50 wins. It was the fifth straight win for the Spurs (50-9).
• Damian Lillard scored 31 points and the Portland Trail Blazers won for the 16th time in 20 games, beating the host Chicago Bulls 103-95.
• Andre Drummond posted his NBA-leading 50th double-double with 15 points and 17 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons beat the host Milwaukee Bucks 102-91.
• Zach LaVine from Bothell High School scored 25 points on 11-of-17 shooting as the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied to beat the host New Orleans Pelicans 112-110.
• Marcus Smart had 15 points and six rebounds, and the host Boston Celtics held off the Miami Heat 101-89. It was the Celtics’ 10th consecutive victory at home.
• The Miami Heat signed veteran guard Joe Johnson after he cleared waivers.