OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – Draymond Green somehow caught Andrew Bogut’s baseline save pass at his knees and avoided a diving Kent Bazemore, then let the ball fly as his legs split in the air.
Green hit an off-balance 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 40.2 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Golden State Warriors escaped with a 109-105 win against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night while Stephen Curry watched in street clothes with an injured ankle.
“It’s just a desperation heave,” Green said. “It’s just one of those things sometimes the ball just bounces your way and that one fell for me, unlike a lot of the other ones.”
Klay Thompson made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:54 remaining and another big basket at the 11.4-second mark on the way to 26 points. The Warriors won their second straight overtime game to earn a franchise-best 43rd straight regular-season home victory and 25th in a row this season.
Golden State (54-5) can tie the Bulls’ 44-game unbeaten mark at home from March 30, 1995, to April 4, 1996, against Oklahoma City on Thursday. It’s also chasing the ’95-96 Chicago team’s record 72-win season.
Reigning NBA MVP Curry sat out with a tender left ankle he injured against the Thunder on Saturday night before hitting the long, winning 3-pointer in overtime. Curry, with three straight 40-point games, was named Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 43.8 points over four games.
No Curry equaled some no-shows as many prime seats were vacant.
Shaun Livingston started in Curry’s place and had six points, seven rebounds and three assists in his 600th career game.
Heat 129, Bulls 111
In Miami, Hassan Whiteside scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, and the Heat set a franchise record by shooting 67.5 percent while rolling past Chicago.
Joe Johnson added 24 points in his Miami home debut. The previous Heat record for shooting percentage in a regular-season game was 63.4 percent on Dec. 16, 2013, against Utah.
Trail Blazers 104, Knicks 85
In New York, Damian Lillard scored 30 points, CJ McCollum had 21 of his 25 in the second half and Portland earned its sixth straight road victory.
The Blazers followed a fantastic February with a blistering start to March, winning for the 18th time in their last 22 games.
Hornets 126, Suns 92
In Charlotte, Kemba Walker scored 26 points, leading the Hornets to a runaway win.
Al Jefferson had 19 points and seven rebounds for Charlotte, which has won nine of 12. Nicolas Batum and reserve Jeremy Lamb scored 15 points apiece.
Mavericks 121, Magic 108
In Dallas, Wesley Matthews scored 21 points, and the Mavericks beat Orlando for their third straight win.
Lakers 107, Nets 101
In Los Angles, D’Angelo Russell scored 39 points and hit two of his eight 3-pointers in the final minute to lead the Lakers past Brooklyn.