Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr saw the look in Stephen Curry’s eyes and the bounce in his step as he sprinted with the ball in transition.
“I was thinking, `Don’t call timeout”, Kerr said. Good move, Coach.
Curry made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds remaining, sending the Warriors to a thrilling 98-97 win over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night for their 10th straight win.
“I wanted to go to my left down the middle and go to the basket and maybe get fouled or something, but he kind of bit on the in-and-out move and I was able to get a rhythm shot in transition,” Curry said.
In the most dramatic finish to their streak, Curry lost Tobias Harris with some crafty dribbling before pulling up to swish the shot. Curry shook his shoulders and pounded his chest as the announced sellout crowd of 19,596 roared at noisy Oracle Arena.
“It’s just kind of a rush that every player loves to experience”, Curry said. “Especially at home when you’re able to do that and get a huge win, you remember those moments”.
Draymond Green, who sprained his right thumb in the first quarter, deflected Kyle O’Quinn’s pass to Harris on Orlando’s last possession to preserve Golden State’s streak.
Curry finished with 22 points and five assists, and Klay Thompson scored 20 as the Warriors rallied from nine points down in the final four minutes.
The Warriors (15-2) extended the best start in franchise history and moved within one game of matching the team record for consecutive victories set in the 1971-72 season.
They have not lost since 11 November to the defending champion San Antonio Spurs and are finding ways to win even when they’re not at their best.
“That’s what the good teams do,” said Warriors center Andrew Bogut who had 12 rebounds, seven points and five blocks.