Hot Curry leads War­riors to OT win ver­sus Pel­i­cans

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Golden State’s Stephen Curry scored 40 points, in­clud­ing a 3-pointer in the fi­nal sec­onds of reg­u­la­tion to com­plete a 20-point, fourth-quar­ter come­back that al­lowed the War­riors to beat New Or­leans 123-119 in over­time Thurs­day and take a 3-0 lead in their firstround play­off se­ries.

The dra­matic win by the War­riors was mir­rored by Chicago’s dou­ble-over­time victory over Mil­wau­kee. The Bulls also es­tab­lished a 3-0 se­ries lead, as did Cleve­land against Bos­ton.

Curry hit seven 3s in all, in­clud­ing one to start over­time that gave the War­riors the lead for good.

Klay Thomp­son had 28 points for the War­riors, who trailed 89-69 af­ter three quar­ters, thena outscored New Or­leans 39-19 over the next 12 min­utes.

An­thony Davis had 29 points and 15 re­bounds for the Pel­i­cans, but his missed free throw with 9.6 sec­onds left al­lowed Curry’s late 3 to tie it.

Curry missed a 3-point at­tempt in the fi­nal sec­onds of reg­u­la­tion, but Mar­reese Speights cor­ralled the re­bound and handed it to Curry in the cor­ner, and the War­riors’ leader wasn’t go­ing to miss twice.

Davis had a chance to tie it in the fi­nal sec­onds of over­time, but War­riors cen­ter An­drew Bogut forced him into a dif­fi­cult driv­ing shot, which missed badly.

The War­riors go for the sweep on Satur­day in New Or­leans. No NBA team has ever over­come a 3-0 deficit to win a play­off se­ries.

Chicago is also on course for a sweep af­ter a 113-106 dou­ble over­time win against Mil­wau­kee.

Der­rick Rose scored 34 points and Jimmy But­ler added 24 for the Bulls. But­ler’s steal and layup started an 8-0 run that gave Chicago a 109-101 lead with 2:44 left in the sec­ond over­time.

Rose scored six points in the sec­ond over­time, in­clud­ing a layup off an of­fen­sive re­bound with 2:15 left for a 10-point lead.

Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo had 25 points and Khris Mid­dle­ton added 18 for Mil­wau­kee, which went score­less for more than 6 min­utes in the first and sec­ond over­times. The Bucks will host Game 4 on Satur­day. Cleve­land did not need over­time to take its 3-0 lead, but the 103-95 win at Bos­ton was hard fought all the same.

LeBron James scored 31 points and Cleve­land moved one win away from a sweep in its first play­off se­ries in five years.

The Celtics kept it close, just as they did in the pre­vi­ous two games, and trailed 95-92 af­ter Evan Turner hit a 3-pointer with 2:45 left. But Kevin Love hit two 3-point­ers for a 101-93 lead with 26 sec­onds to go.

Turner had 19 points and Avery Bradley added 18 for Bos­ton.

Love had 23 points and J.R. Smith added 15 for the Cava­liers.

Cleve­land can com­plete the sweep Sun­day in Bos­ton.

AP

Golden State War­riors guard Stephen Curry shoots a 3-pointer over New Or­leans Pel­i­cans for­ward An­thony Davis #23 to tie the score in the fi­nal sec­onds of the sec­ond half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA play­off se­ries in New Or­leans on Thurs­day, April 23.

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