Warriors need late heroics from Barnes to put away Sixers


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

Harrison Barnes hit a 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds remaining and Golden State escaped with a 108-105 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.

Klay Thompson had 32 points and Stephen Curry scored 23 for the Warriors, who nearly blew 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.

The Warriors tied the 1966-67 76ers, who also won 43 of their first 47.

“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 most of the second half until a late 15-2 run tied the game 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.

Cavaliers 117, Spurs 103

In Cleveland, LeBron James scored 29 points and Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving added 21 apiece as the Cavaliers finally took down one of the NBA’s elite teams.

The Cavs won their fourth straight under coach Tyronn Lue, who was promoted after David Blatt was fired on Jan. 22. Cleveland came in 0-5 against San Antonio, Golden State and Chicago, three top-tier teams who figure to contend with them for a title this season.

Pacers 109, Nuggets 105 (OT)

In Indianapolis, Monta Ellis scored a season-high 32 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Pacers past Denver.

Ellis missed a 3-pointer with the game tied at 99 as regulation ended, but converted a three-point play with 20.4 seconds left in overtime to seal it.

Raptors 111, Pistons 107

In Toronto, DeMar DeRozan had 29 points and the Raptors beat Detroit to push the team’s franchise-best win streak to 11 consecutive games.

Kyle Lowry had 18 points and backup center Bismack Biyombo added 12 points and 13 assists. Cory Joseph also had 16 points off the bench.

Pelicans 105, Nets 103

In New Orleans, Jrue Holiday hit a jumper with 1.3 seconds remaining and the Pelicans held off Brooklyn.

Wizards 123, Rockets 122

In Houston, John Wall had 19 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds and Washington rallied for a win over the Rockets.

Grizzlies 121, Kings 117

In Memphis, Jeff Green scored 29 points, Marc Gasol had 22 points, six rebounds and five assists, and the Grizzlies thwarted a fourth-quarter rally to defeat Sacramento.