Warriors 98 - Magic 97
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Curry Beats the Magic with Clutch 3-Pointer

Game-Winning Shot Extends Warriors Winning Streak to 10 Games
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Stephen Curry saved the Warriors from the all-to-common letdown in the first game back after a long road trip, sinking the game-winning three-pointer with 2.2 seconds left to beat the visiting Orlando Magic 98-97 on Tuesday night. Curry’s dramatic shot put the exclamation mark on a Warriors’ 14-4 run to end the game, with all 14 of those Golden State points scored by Curry and his backcourt mate Klay Thompson. Thompson notched 11 of his 20 points in the decisive fourth quarter, as the Warriors avoided what would have been a disappointing loss after having a 10-point halftime lead. The victory pushes the Warriors’ franchise-best start to 15-2 and win streak to 10 games. With a victory in their next game against the Pelicans on Thursday, the Dubs would tie the longest win streak in franchise history.

As happens frequently in the first game back from a long road trip, the Warriors didn’t get off to a terrific start, trailing the Magic 15-8 halfway through the first quarter. The Dubs would inch closer and head into the second frame down 25-24, where they would eventually open up what looked to be a sizeable lead. Using an 18-4 run to close the second quarter in which the Warriors outscored the Magic 32-21, Golden State headed into halftime with a 56-46 advantage. Considering that coming into the game, the Warriors were the best third quarter team in the NBA and Orlando was the worst (in terms of scoring differential), it appeared as if that 10-point lead might have been enough to give Golden State the lead for good. The Magic, however, had other plans.

Warriors Rally to Beat Magic 98-97

The Warriors get a game-winning three-pointer from Stephen Curry to beat the Orlando Magic 98-97 on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.

Warriors vs. Magic - 12/2/14

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Warriors Rally to Beat Magic 98-97

The Warriors get a game-winning three-pointer from Stephen Curry to beat the Orlando Magic 98-97 on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.
Dec 2, 2014  |  02:01

Curry's Big Shot

With 4 seconds left in regulation Stephen Curry drains the three point shot to put the Warriors up by one over the Magic.
Dec 2, 2014  |  00:00

Curry Hits the Floater

Stephen Curry drives to the basket and hits the floater off the glass plus the foul.
Dec 2, 2014  |  00:00

Strength in Numbers - We March On

After a 5-0 road trip, the movement continues as we march back to Warriors Ground to battle the Magic. Can you feel the energy now?
Dec 2, 2014  |  01:09

Barnes Finishes

Andre Iguodala sets up Harrison Barnes who finishes with the dunk.
Dec 1, 2014  |  00:00

Klay to Draymond

Klay Thompson passes to Draymond Green who finishes with the two-handed jam.
Dec 1, 2014  |  00:00

Defense Leads to Offense

Andrew Bogut blocks Victor Oladipo's layup attempt leading to the fasbreak dunk by Klay Thompson.
Dec 1, 2014  |  00:00

Curry Lobs It to Bogut

Stephen Curry lobs it to Andrew Bogut who finishes with the alley-oop dunk.
Dec 1, 2014  |  00:00

Magic vs. Warriors

Stephen Curry's big three pointer late in the game proved to be the difference as the Warriors defeat the Magic 98-97.
Dec 1, 2014  |  00:00

After Draymond Green sank two free throws to give the Dubs’ a 12-point lead, Orlando would go on an 11-0 run to get back in the game. It was part of a greater 18-4 run as the Magic outscored the Warriors 29-17 in the quarter and would head into the fourth with a 75-73 advantage. The Magic would open the fourth quarter on an 18-11 run to make the score 93-84, the Warriors largest deficit of the game. From there, however, the Warriors’ star-studded backcourt took the game over in just the nick of time to sneak out a victory. Curry hit a three-pointer, followed by two Klay Thompson triples to tie the game at 93, bringing the raucous Oracle crowd to their feet. After Tobias Harris banked in a tough shot to put the Magic up 97-95, it was Curry’s time to shine. Golden State forced Elfrid Payton into a missed shot, as Curry retrieved the rebound and raced up court. With some crafty dribbling, he created some separation between he and Harris and launched a three-pointer from the left wing. His dramatic shot dropped through the net with 2.2 seconds remaining, giving the Dubs a 98-97 lead. After a timeout, Orlando would inbound with a chance to steal back the win, but Draymond Green deflected the inbound pass, and the game was over.

Curry’s clutch dagger, his fourth-career game-winner, was just the most recent example in what is already a bountiful collection of standout performances by the Warriors this season, each of which has helped propel them to their franchise-best start of 15-2, currently tied for the best record in the NBA. While it wasn’t in the blowout fashion that several of their recent victories have come, a win is a win, and they’ll take them any way they can get them.

After a day off on Wednesday, the Dubs will be back in action on Thursday when they host the New Orleans Pelicans. The game falls on Sarunas Marciulionis Bobblehad Night, presented by Clorox, and the first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a collectible that commemorates Marciulionis’ induction into the 2014 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.


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