The matchup between the Warriors and Clippers was close down to the final second Sunday.
Los Angeles beat Golden State the first time the two teams met this season, but Stephen Curry’s clutch performance brought about a favorable outcome for the home team this time around.
Curry was on fire 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.
Talk about #StephGonnaSteph ? pic.twitter.com/jyXCcd1vpg
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) December 24, 2018
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 Bulls’ 112-92 win against the Cavaliers.
Damian Lillard dropped 33 points and was a perfect 9-of-9 from the free-throw line in the Trail Blazers’ 121-118 overtime victory over the Mavericks.
Jaren Jackson Jr. recorded 27 points and nine rebounds as the Grizzlies defeated the Lakers 107-99.
Duds of the Night
Marvin Williams scored four points on 1-of-9 shooting in the Hornets’ 119-103 loss to the Celtics.
TJ Warren had four points on 2-of-11 in the Suns’ 111-103 loss to the Nets.
Meyers Leonard climbed the ladder to throw down this dunk on Maxi Kleber.
MEYERS LEONARD with the EMPHATIC SLAM! ??#RipCity 107#MFFL 104
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— NBA (@NBA) December 24, 2018
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.