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On this day in Dubs history: Harrison Barnes comes through clutch

The Warriors snuck by a pesky Suns team.

Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The 2014-15 Golden State Warriors kicked off one of the most dominant runs by any team in NBA history.

During that season, the Dubs played seven games that finished with the difference in the final score being less than three points. Surprisingly, all of these came after Jan. 25.

One of those contests came on April 2, 2015, when the Warriors hosted a pesky Suns squad that was battling for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Draymond Green missed this one due to shin issues, so the Dubs were shorthanded, but still expected to beat Phoenix.

The Warriors were up most of the game, leading for nearly 37 minutes, but the Suns didn’t go away.

James McAdoo (hey! remember him?) hit a layup with 9:27 left on the clock, to put Golden State up 84-76.

Phoenix answered with an 8-0 run of its own to tie things up, setting up a wild final seven minutes that saw 10 different lead changes.

T.J. Warren put the Suns up 102-99 with 1:07 on the clock. Whenever the Dubs were down by three, you still had the confidence that Steph or Klay was going to hit the game-tying shot.

That is exactly what happened on the next possession, when Thompson nailed one from deep, tying it up at 102-102.

P.J. Tucker put Phoenix back in front by two with 26 seconds and the Dubs called timeout before a wild possession.

Curry drives and misses a layup, but Andrew Bogut gets the offensive rebound, only to miss the put back.

Somehow, three Suns can’t corral the rebound and it ends up in Harrison Barnes’ hands, who promptly misses a contest lay-in of his own.

Bogut secures another O-board and kicks out to Thompson, who then finds Curry, who nails the go-ahead 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds to go.

Should have been game at this point, right?


I don’t know Eric Bledsoe got so open on the inbound play, but the Warriors confusion defensively allows him to hit a reverse layup to put the Suns back up by one with 4.5 seconds to go.

The Dubs advanced the ball and Andre Iguodala finds Barnes, who drives and hits a tough floater to give the Warriors the win, 105-104.

“Coach (Steve) Kerr kind of looked at me after I made the shot like, `You messed up on those two defensive possessions, but it’s OK,” Barnes said after the game.

It was the 11th win in a row for Golden State, and pushed Steve Kerr into a tie with Paul Westphal and Tom Thibodeau for most wins by a rookie head coach at 62. Kerr would go on to pass them and set the mark, leading the Warriors to a 67-15 finish.

Here are the highlights from this one:

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