Warriors, Spurs fight to keep NBA home winning streaks
KLAY Thompson drove for a go-ahead basket with 15.6 seconds left in overtime on Saturday as the Golden State Warriors kept their NBA home winning streak alive with a bruising 111-108 victory over the Denver Nuggets.
The Warriors improved to 16-0 at home this season, and posted their 34th straight win at Oracle Arena in Oakland, a streak stretching back to last season.
They are not the only team dominating on their home floor, and the San Antonio Spurs became just the third Western Conference team ever to open a season 20-0 at home with a 121-103 victory over the Houston Rockets. But the Warriors and Spurs had to battle to keep their streaks alive.
In Oakland, a Warriors team missing five injured players were buoyed by the return from injury of Stephen Curry and exploded for a 37-13 first-quarter lead.
But the Nuggets outscored them in each of the next three quarters, the Warriors unable to keep them at bay after Curry departed at half-time, having aggravated his bruised left shin.
Power forward Draymond Green helped fill the void with a triple double of 29 points, 17 rebounds and 14 assists.
Thompson, who finished with 16 points, rolled in his go-ahead basket in overtime after Denver forward Kenneth Faried buried a contested shot to knot the score at 108-108 with 33.3 seconds left in the extra session. Faried was then injured in a collision with teammate Will Barton.
He missed the final seconds and was taken from courtside on a stretcher after the contest ended with his neck in a brace, raising his arm and giving a thumbs up as he was wheeled away.
Barton, who forced overtime with a driving bank shot, had two chances to tie the game in the last seven seconds of overtime. But he missed a running five-footer, and after Thompson had stretched Golden State's lead with two free throws, Barton was off-target with a last-gasp three-point attempt at the buzzer.
Over in Texas, forward LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points and pulled down nine rebounds and guard Danny Green scored six three-pointers for San Antonio, who have now won 29 straight games at home dating back to last season.
The Spurs broke open a close game that saw eight first-half lead changes with a 26-5 scoring run in the third quarter.
Forward Kawhi Leonard added 23 points and played suffocating defence on Houston guard James Harden, holding one of the NBA's leading scorers to one point in the second half.
Veteran forward Tim Duncan returned to action after sitting out three games and posted a dubious career first - failing to score a point for the first time in his 1,598-game regular-season and playoff career.