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Champs barely top league's worst

Warriors forward Harrison Barnes hits the winning shot in front of Nerlens Noel with 0.2 seconds remaining to beat the 76ers.

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Warriors forward Harrison Barnes hits the winning shot in front of Nerlens Noel with 0.2 seconds remaining to beat the 76ers.

PHILADELPHIA — This was a game even the Warriors felt they should have lost.

Forward Harrison Barnes hit a 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left Saturday as Golden State escaped with a 108-105 victory over the 76ers.

Klay Thompson had 32 points and Stephen Curry scored 23 for the Warriors, who nearly squandered a 24-point second-half lead. Draymond Green added 10 points and 13 rebounds for Golden State, which opened a three-game road trip with its sixth straight victory while matching the NBA's best start through 47 games.

It ties the 1966-67 76ers, who also began 43-4.

"If the gods delivered what should have happened, we probably should have lost because that's what happens when you mess around with the game and the ball," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

Isaiah Canaan had 18 points to lead the 76ers, who dropped to 7-41 but nearly pulled off the most improbable victory of the NBA season.

"It shows we have no letdown, no backdown," Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said.

Philadelphia trailed by double digits for most of the second half, but a late 15-2 run tied the score at 105 with 22.3 seconds left. The Warriors won it when Curry passed inside to Green, who fired outside to Barnes on the right baseline.

"We kind of went into it knowing they were going to trap Steph, so whoever it was that got the ball tried to make a play," Barnes said. "(Green) made that kick to the corner. I just let it ride."

Brown said the 76ers weren't going to let Curry get off a shot.

"Anybody but the MVP," he said.

Ish Smith scored 18 for Philadelphia and Jahlil Okafor, who returned after missing two straight games due to illness, had 13.

The Warriors tied a franchise record with 26 assists in a dominating first half when they went up 73-54. They seemed on cruise control until Philadelphia's stunning rally.

Nerlens Noel made an alley-oop dunk and Smith's 16-footer followed and, suddenly, the 76ers were within 103-99 with 1:01 left.

After a timeout, Canaan converted a four-point play after hitting a 3 and being fouled by Curry to make it 105-103 with 38.6 seconds remaining. Smith then stripped Curry and finished with a dunk to tie it.

After Barnes' shot, Philadelphia could not get a final shot off after inbounding the ball at halfcourt.

Game highlights: DeMar DeRozan had 29 points and the host Raptors beat the Pistons 111-107 to push their franchise-best winning streak to 11. Detroit's Andre Drummond had 11 points and 12 rebounds for his NBA-leading 39th double double this season. … Monta Ellis scored a season-high 32 and had nine rebounds to lead the host Pacers to a 109-105 overtime win over the Nuggets. … Jrue Holiday hit a 15-foot shot with 1.3 seconds left as the host Pelicans held off the Nets 105-103. New Orleans All-Star forward Anthony Davis had 20 points and 16 rebounds after missing one game with a concussion.

Friday: Clippers, minus Griffin, still best in L.A.

LOS ANGELES — The Clippers are facing another month without Blake Griffin dominating inside. His absence has created nightly auditions for whoever wants to step up.

Against the Lakers, it was Lance Stephenson, whose 16 points helped the Clippers' reserves dominate late Friday in a 105-93 win for their franchise-record ninth straight win over their Staples Center co-tenant.

"This stretch is going to give guys a lot of confidence," said Chris Paul, who had a game-high 27 points. "We can win games, but we need (32) to win this championship."

Griffin is nursing a broken right shooting hand after punching a team staff member on the road last weekend. He had already been out since Dec. 26 with another injury. The team is 14-3 without him since he first went down.

Austin Rivers added 17 points and Jamal Crawford had 16 off the Clippers' bench.

The Lakers dropped their ninth in a row and 13th in 14 games. They are one loss from equaling the team's worst skid since moving to Los Angeles, having lost 10 straight at the end of the 1993-94 season when Magic Johnson was interim coach.

"We put a lot of work in, and losing isn't fun," said Jordan Clarkson, who scored 17.

The Lakers had 17 turnovers that led to 28 points by the Clippers. Coach Byron Scott lectured his players in a timeout to take care of the ball after three of their previous four possessions were turnovers.

"We went out and had three more straight turnovers," he said. "Our margin for error was so slim we couldn't afford to give that many possessions away, and they were getting layups on the other end because of our turnovers."

Julius Randle had 23 points and 14 rebounds. Kobe Bryant sat out with various ailments.

Warriors 108, Sixers 105

GOLDEN STATE (108): Barnes 4-11 0-0 11, Green 5-7 0-1 10, Bogut 4-8 0-0 8, Curry 9-19 0-0 23, K.Thompson 14-26 0-0 32, Rush 0-2 0-0 0, Barbosa 3-5 0-0 7, Speights 3-7 0-0 6, Livingston 2-4 0-0 4, Clark 2-5 1-1 5, J.Thompson 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 47-95 1-2 108.

PHILADELPHIA (105): Covington 5-11 0-0 12, Grant 4-9 2-2 10, Noel 3-8 3-7 9, Smith 7-19 2-4 16, Stauskas 4-6 0-0 10, H.Thompson 5-11 0-0 11, Canaan 5-11 3-3 18, Okafor 6-7 1-5 13, McConnell 3-6 0-0 6, Sampson 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 42-92 11-21 105.

Golden State 34 39 18 17— 108

Philadelphia 28 26 18 33— 105

3-Point GoalsGolden State 13-30 (Curry 5-11, K.Thompson 4-10, Barnes 3-5, Barbosa 1-2, Rush 0-1, Clark 0-1), Philadelphia 10-29 (Canaan 5-9, Stauskas 2-4, Covington 2-7, H.Thompson 1-3, McConnell 0-1, Smith 0-2, Grant 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsGolden State 61 (Bogut 16), Philadelphia 48 (Covington 13). AssistsGolden State 37 (Green 9), Philadelphia 23 (Smith 9). Total FoulsGolden State 18, Philadelphia 8. A20,798 (20,318).

Pacers 109, Nuggets 105, OT

DENVER (105): Faried 6-10 4-4 16, Gallinari 8-17 6-6 23, Jokic 7-15 1-1 16, Mudiay 4-10 3-5 11, Harris 7-11 2-3 18, Arthur 2-6 2-2 6, Barton 3-7 0-0 6, Nurkic 2-6 3-4 7, Nelson 0-2 0-0 0, Foye 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 40-87 21-25 105.

INDIANA (109): George 7-15 2-2 19, Turner 3-11 2-5 8, J.Hill 9-13 2-2 20, G.Hill 3-10 2-2 9, Ellis 13-28 2-3 32, Allen 2-4 0-0 4, Miles 1-4 0-0 2, Young 3-6 0-0 7, S.Hill 1-4 2-2 4, Robinson III 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 44-100 12-16 109.

Denver 27 24 32 16 6— 105

Indiana 35 24 21 19 10— 109

3-Point GoalsDenver 4-18 (Harris 2-3, Jokic 1-2, Gallinari 1-4, Mudiay 0-1, Nelson 0-1, Barton 0-1, Nurkic 0-1, Foye 0-2, Arthur 0-3), Indiana 9-27 (Ellis 4-8, George 3-7, Young 1-3, G.Hill 1-5, Robinson III 0-1, S.Hill 0-1, Miles 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDenver 56 (Faried 12), Indiana 55 (Turner, Ellis 9). AssistsDenver 24 (Mudiay 8), Indiana 26 (George 7). Total FoulsDenver 22, Indiana 22. A18,165 (18,165).

Raptors 111, Pistons 107

DETROIT (107): Morris 6-14 0-0 13, Tolliver 2-6 0-0 5, Drummond 5-9 1-9 11, Jackson 5-11 3-5 13, Caldwell-Pope 5-11 4-5 15, S.Johnson 4-13 4-4 12, Jennings 7-14 3-5 22, Hilliard 2-3 0-0 5, Baynes 3-7 5-6 11. Totals 39-88 20-34 107.

TORONTO (111): J.Johnson 4-5 2-2 11, Scola 4-9 1-2 10, Valanciunas 2-4 4-8 8, Lowry 4-15 9-12 18, DeRozan 10-21 9-10 29, Biyombo 3-6 6-8 12, Patterson 1-3 0-0 2, Ross 2-4 0-0 5, Joseph 6-11 4-5 16. Totals 36-78 35-47 111.

Detroit 17 30 25 35— 107

Toronto 26 29 26 30— 111

3-Point GoalsDetroit 9-29 (Jennings 5-11, Hilliard 1-2, Morris 1-4, Caldwell-Pope 1-4, Tolliver 1-5, Jackson 0-1, S.Johnson 0-2), Toronto 4-14 (J.Johnson 1-1, Ross 1-3, Scola 1-3, Lowry 1-5, Patterson 0-1, DeRozan 0-1). Fouled OutDrummond. ReboundsDetroit 55 (Drummond 12), Toronto 62 (Biyombo 13). AssistsDetroit 9 (Baynes, Morris 2), Toronto 12 (DeRozan, Joseph 4). Total FoulsDetroit 29, Toronto 20. TechnicalsDrummond, S.Johnson, Detroit defensive three second, Detroit delay of game, Lowry, Valanciunas, Toronto defensive three second. Flagrant Fouls—S.Johnson. A19,800 (19,800)

Pelicans 105, Nets 103

BROOKLYN (103): Johnson 4-10 0-0 10, Young 7-11 2-2 16, Lopez 13-23 7-12 33, Sloan 0-3 2-2 2, Ellington 6-13 1-2 18, Robinson 4-9 0-1 8, Bogdanovic 1-3 0-0 3, Larkin 5-8 2-2 13, Bargnani 0-0 0-0 0, Brown 0-4 0-2 0. Totals 40-84 14-23 103.

NEW ORLEANS (105): Gee 2-4 0-0 4, Davis 9-22 1-2 20, Asik 3-5 0-0 6, Cole 6-14 0-0 12, Dejean-Jones 3-7 1-1 8, Anderson 8-15 3-4 24, Douglas 1-5 0-0 3, Holiday 10-19 3-3 26, Cunningham 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 43-93 8-10 105.

Brooklyn 22 29 15 37— 103

New Orleans 16 28 27 34— 105

3-Point GoalsBrooklyn 9-20 (Ellington 5-8, Johnson 2-6, Bogdanovic 1-2, Larkin 1-4), New Orleans 11-27 (Anderson 5-9, Holiday 3-7, Davis 1-2, Douglas 1-3, Dejean-Jones 1-3, Gee 0-1, Cole 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBrooklyn 52 (Lopez 10), New Orleans 53 (Davis 16). AssistsBrooklyn 23 (Larkin 6), New Orleans 24 (Holiday 7). Total FoulsBrooklyn 13, New Orleans 17. A18,037 (16,867).

Champs barely top league's worst 01/30/16 [Last modified: Saturday, January 30, 2016 10:31pm]
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