NBA wrap: Stephen Curry hits game-winner to lift Warriors over Clippers

The matchup between the Warriors and Clippers was close down to the final second Sunday.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrate after their team scored against the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter.   -  AP

The matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers was close down to the final second Sunday.

Los Angeles Lakers beats Warriors the first time the two teams met this season in a pre-season game, but Stephen Curry's clutch performance brought about a favorable outcome for the home team this time around.

Curry was on fire on Sunday. The two-time MVP poured in 42 points on 12-of-22 shooting in the Warriors' 129-127 victory. The score was knotted at 127 down the stretch, but Curry took advantage of a mismatch and attacked off the dribble to score the game-winning layup with less than a second left on the clock.

 

Kevin Durant also had a strong game, scoring 35 points and snagging 12 rebounds in the win.

Tobias Harris posted 32 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers. Danilo Gallinari and Lou Williams each contributed 25 points.

The Warriors improved to 23-11 while the Clippers dropped to 19-14. 

STUDS OF THE NIGHT

Lauri Markkanen scored 31 points on 11-of-18 shooting in the Chicago Bulls' 112-92 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Damian Lillard dropped 33 points and was a perfect 9-of-9 from the free-throw line in the Portland Trail Blazers' 121-118 overtime victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

Jaren Jackson Jr. recorded 27 points and nine rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Lakers 107-99.

DUDS OF THE NIGHT

Marvin Williams scored four points on 1-of-9 shooting in the Charlotte Hornets' 119-103 loss to the Boston Celtics.

TJ Warren had four points on 2-of-11 in the Phoenix Suns' 111-103 loss to the Nets.

HIGHLIGHT

Meyers Leonard climbed the ladder to throw down this dunk on Maxi Kleber.

 

What's Next?

Lakers (19-14) at Warriors (23-11) Dec. 25, 8 pm ET — Basketball fans everywhere have been waiting to see LeBron James lead a young Los Angeles team take on the reigning champion Warriors. Golden State has gone through some rough patches this season, but has remained one of the best squads in basketball.