The Golden State Warriors continue dominating in the NBA and they extend their winning streak to six games after picking up a victory in overtime against the Atlanta Hawks.
Draymond Green was the star of the show, as Stephen Curry watched the game in street clothes from the sidelines with an injured ankle. Green hit an off-balance three-pointer as the shot clock expired with 40.2 seconds left in overtime. The Warriors won the game 109-105 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
Andrew Bogut played a big part in the game-changing shot, as he stopped the ball going out of bounds and passed it backwards to Green, who was stood just behind the three-point line. He then took the shot just in time, while holding off diving steal attempt by Kent Bazemore.
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This was the Warriors' second straight overtime game to earn a franchise-best 43rd straight regular-season home victory and 25th in a row this season. They still haven't lost at Oracle Arena since an 113-111 defeat to the Chicago Bulls on January 27 last year.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said after the game that he was pleased with the victory.
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He said, according to Fox Sports: "It was a great trip especially to rebound after that blowout in Portland. Now we're really in the home stretch with 17 of our last 24 at home. The trip set us up to go for that 1 seed in the West, which is our goal."
Golden State adds another win to their tally, putting them on a record of 54-5, as they look to chase down the famous `95-96 Bulls' record of a 72-win season. They also improved to 5-0 in overtime.
The Hawks missed a chance to get back into the game as Paul Millsap missed a wide-open three-pointer with 24 seconds left on the clock. He did play his part in the game though for Atlanta, as he scored 19 points throughout the clash, which helped the team recover from a 14-point deficit to force overtime. The loss means they're now 0-4 in overtime.
In Curry's absence, Green was one of the top performers on the night, with 15 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists, and four steals. Shaun Livingston, who replaced Stephen in the starting line-up, had six points, seven rebounds and three assists in his 600th career game. This was only the third game the league's current MVP had missed all season.
His injury occurred in the third quarter during Saturday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, when he rolled his ankle before Russell Westbrook stepped on it during a drive to the basket.
The Warriors next game will be against the Thunder on Thursday night, and they'll look to repeat their victory from the last time they met.