SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Stephen Curry scored 36 points and made a key play in the fourth quarter to help the Golden State Warriors end a three-game losing streak with a 121-115 win over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday evening.
Curry scored or scored 13 straight points for the Warriors in four quarters late in the fourth quarter, giving Golden State its first win in three attempts at home in a season-high seven games. Jonathan Kuminga added 19 points and Klay Thompson scored 15 for the Warriors.
Paolo Banchero had 27 points and 12 rebounds for Orlando, while Franz Wagner added 25 points. The Magic lost their first two games during a four-game road trip.
Curry made two 3-pointers and assisted on two more baskets during a burst midway through the third quarter that helped the Warriors build a small lead that the Magic could erase when he went to the bench for his halftime break. two. But Curry took it back with 8:33 left. He drove in to give Golden State a 101-97 lead, then hit a putback 3-pointer and another to make it 104-97. Curry added an assist on back-to-back baskets by Thompson and Kuminga to make it 110-101 with 2:29 left and the Warriors were on their way from there.
The first half ended with a bang when Curry converted a four-point play with 3.5 seconds left to give Golden State a 55-52 lead. Gary Harris answered with a 3 at the buzzer to tie the game for Orlando.
The Warriors improved to 9-9 this season without the suspension of Draymond Green, who missed the last 10 games with an indefinite suspension for punching Phoenix center Jusuf Nurkic in the face. Coach Steve Kerr said before the game that he had texted Green but had not seen him at the team office and that there was no possible date for his return.
“We gave him his chance, he gave us ours,” Kerr said. The Warriors lost another key player when Gary Payton II suffered a hamstring injury late in the third quarter and did not return.
Magic: Visit Sacramento on Wednesday evening. Warriors: Denver hosts Thursday night.
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