Curry erupts for 44 points, hits clutch triples late as Warriors hold off Clippers
Stephen Curry exploded for 44 points. AP

STEPHEN Curry came off the NBA All-Star break on fire as he exploded for 44 points, including two big triples late, to help the Golden State Warriors hold off the Los Angeles Clippers, 134-127, on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).

Curry shot 14-of-19, including 8-of-11 from beyond the arc, but none bigger than the two triples in the last two minutes that kept the Warriors on top despite a brave fightback from the Clippers.

A 10-2 start in the fourth quarter allowed the Clippers to cut what was once a 17-point Warriors lead down to two, 104-102. But Golden State countered with an 11-6 run to push the lead back up to seven halfway through the period.

The Clippers kept clawing back, with Lou Williams’ triple bringing them within two again, 120-118, entering the final two-minute mark. Curry then hit two triples on back-to-back Golden State possessions and both teams traded baskets since to seal the victory for the Warriors.

Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson scored 24 and 19 points, respectively, for the Warriors (45-14).

Tobias Harris led seven players in double figures for the Clippers (30-27) with 22 points, while Williams fired 19 off the bench.  Montrezl Harrell and Danilo Gallinari each scored 15, while DeAndre Jordan, Milos Teodosic and Austin Rivers added 14 apiece.

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