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Warriors 114, Thunder 109

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry scored six of his game-high 34 points after Oklahoma City took a one-point lead with 2:59 to play, lifting the Golden State Warriors to a 114-109 victory in a game in which Thunder star Kevin Durant missed the second half with an ankle injury.

Curry’s jumper with 2:41 to go gave the Warriors the lead for good and propelled them to their 17th victory in the last 18 games overall and seventh consecutive win at home.

The Thunder (12-14) had their seven-game winning streak snapped despite getting 33 points and eight assists from point guard Russell Westbrook.

Durant scored 30 points before he charged into Warriors backup center Marreese Speights on a drive to the hoop with 2.4 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Durant’s right foot landed on Speights’ foot in the collision, resulting in a sprain.

After more than a minute on the floor, Durant was helped to the bench, then limped on his own power to the locker room for halftime. Even though X-rays taken at halftime were negative, he did not return for the second half.

Early indication is the injury is not related to the fractured right foot Durant sustained during the offseason. He was playing in his ninth game since making his season debut Dec. 2.

Durant had 16 points, including three 3-pointers and a three-point play, in 30-13, game-opening flurry by the Thunder, which had won nine of 10 since losing at home to Golden State on Nov. 23.

However, the Warriors (22-3) rallied into the lead before halftime, using nine- and eight-point runs in the second period to go up 60-52 with 3:26 left in the half.

Durant countered with two more threes, giving him five in the half, to narrow the gap to two before he got hurt.

Durant finished 10-for-13 from the field, 5-for-6 from 3-point range and 5-for-7 from the free-throw line to accumulate his 30 points in 19 minutes. He also found time for two rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot.

Without their scoring leader, the Thunder hung close throughout the second half and took a brief lead at 105-104 on a Westbrook jumper.

Curry countered with a jumper to put Golden State back on top, and the Warriors never trailed again, getting key hoops from Curry again and forward Harrison Barnes after the Thunder twice closed within three.

Shooting guard Klay Thompson had 19 points for the Warriors, ending a streak of eight consecutive games with at least 20 points.

Power forward Draymond Green finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, and Barnes chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds for the Warriors, who improved to 9-1 at home.

Shooting guard Andre Roberson had 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder, who complete a four-day, three-game trip Friday night in Los Angeles against the Lakers.

NOTES: The Warriors announced before the game that an MRI on C Andrew Bogut’s injured right knee revealed a condition called chondromalacia and bone edema. Bogut chose to take a platelet-rich plasma injection in an effort to reduce pain and swelling. He remains out indefinitely, although Warriors coach Steve Kerr reported, “Looks like it will keep him out the next couple of weeks.” … Kerr also announced PF David Lee, who missed 24 of the Warriors’ first 25 games because of a strained left hamstring, is expected to scrimmage with the team this weekend in hopes of returning to game action Monday against Sacramento. … The Thunder haven’t lost a season series to the Warriors since relocating from Seattle in 2008.

Alan is an experienced writer of online betting and casino guides. He is one of the main editors of Basketballinsiders.

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