Instant Analysis: KD powers Warriors to win with mammoth OT effort
NINE IN A ROW
For the second time this season, the Lakers took the Warriors into overtime in Los Angeles. For the second time, the Warriors squeaked out a victory.
Kevin Durant scored 36 points, including 12 in OT, and the game-winning shot with 6.4 seconds left, to lead the Warriors to a 116-114 victory Monday night that extended their win streak to nine.
Klay Thompson scored 17 points, Omri Casspi had 14 and Nick Young added 10 as the Warriors pushed their record to 24-6 on the night the Lakers had a lavish ceremony for the retirement of Kobe Bryant’s jersey numbers, 8 and 24.
Durant offset a poor shooting night with late heroics, while Andre Iguodala spent the evening doing things that kept the Warriors from falling apart.
Durant’s line: 36 points (10-of-29 from the field, including 4-of-11 from deep, 12-13 from the line), 11 rebounds, eight assists and three blocks. He played 41 minutes and finished plus-1.
Iguodala’s line: 9 points (4-of-7 from the field, 1-of-2 from deep), eight assists, four rebounds and two steals. He played 37 minutes and finished plus-19
The teams exchanged leads 12 times, including twice in OT, before Durant drilled his game-winner.
The teams were locked a tight duel throughout, with neither able to build more than a seven-point lead in the second half. The Warriors were up 91-84 with 9:53 left before the Lakers closed regulation with an 18-11 rush to force OT.
Warriors: G Stephen Curry (R ankle sprain), F Draymond Green (R shoulder soreness), G Shaun Livingston (L knee soreness) and C Zaza Pachulia (L shoulder soreness) were listed as out.
Lakers: No injuries listed.
The Warriors return to action Wednesday night, when they face the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff scheduled for 7:35.