Barnes clinches golden shot to beat Suns

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Har­ri­son Barnes hit a run­ning shot in the lane with less than a sec­ond re­main­ing, lift­ing the Golden State War­riors to a wild 107-106 win over the Phoenix Suns on Thurs­day night. Barnes’ big shot came af­ter Eric Bled­soe broke free for a re­verse layup to put Phoenix ahead with 4.5 sec­onds to play. And Bled­soe’s layup fol­lowed Stephen Curry’s goa­head 3-pointer that seem­ingly put the War­riors up for good.

In­stead, it took all 48 min­utes for the NBA- lead­ing War­riors (62-13) to ex­tend their lat­est win­ning streak to 11 games. They fell be­hind by four in the fi­nal min­utes and traded scores with the fad­ing Suns (38-38) the rest of the way.

Cava­liers 114, Heat 88 Miami star Dwyane Wade went down with a knee in­jury in the first half, and the Heat’s play­off chances took an­other ma­jor blow.

Wade bruised his left knee in the first half and Miami didn’t have the fire­power to stop the Cavs, who got 23 points apiece from LeBron James and Kyrie Irv­ing and won their 17th straight at home. James added eight re­bounds and seven as­sists against his for­mer team.

Tris­tan Thomp­son added 15 re­bounds for Cleve­land, a leaguebest 30-7 since Jan. 15.

The Heat dropped into a tie for eighth place with idle Bos­ton in the Eastern Con­fer­ence stand­ings.

Rock­ets 108, Mav­er­icks 101 James Harden scored 24 points, for­mer Dal­las guard Ja­son Terry hit a tiebreak­ing 3-pointer.

The Rock­ets (52-24) moved a half-game ahead of Mem­phis in the race for the No. 2 seed in the West­ern Con­fer­ence be­hind Golden State.

Even with the loss, the Mav­er­icks (46-30) are likely to end up with the sev­enth seed af­ter a win over Ok­la­homa City on Wed­nes­day put them four games up on the Thun­der and gave them the tiebreaker. They’re now 3 1/2 ahead with six to go.

Trevor Ariza scored 19 for Hous­ton, while Terry had 10 and Corey Brewer, an­other key mem­ber of Dal­las’ cham­pi­onship run in 2011, fin­ished with 14.

Dirk Now­itzki led the Mav­er­icks with 21 points.


Golden State War­riors’ David Lee, cen­ter, and Stephen Curry cel­e­brate af­ter a score, dur­ing a time­out in the sec­ond half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game against the Phoenix Suns in Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia on Thurs­day, April 2.

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