OAKLAND – For most of the game Wednesday night, Harrison Barnes’ face was a mask that alternated between mild disappointment and sheer frustration as a result missing three of the four shots he had taken.
“When you keep shooting shots that you make all the time and you just don’t see it go in,” Barnes said, “you kind of just shake your head.”
The mask peeled away, evolving into a veneer of relief, at precisely the perfect time in a 112-108 Warriors win over the Clippers at Oracle Arena.
With the Warriors trailing 97-87 and 7:48 remaining, Barnes dropped in a floating eight-foot jumper. He followed that 34 seconds later by dropping in an open 3-pointer. He drilled another 3-ball 38 seconds after that.
He then blocked Jamal Crawford's shot on the baseline, sprinted down the floor and dunked home a pass from Andre Iguodala to make it 98-97 Clippers with 6:15 remaining.
Barnes’ 10-point barrage changed the game.
Los Angeles hastily called a timeout but by then it was too late to stop the wave that eventually swallowed the Clippers. With Barnes scoring 10 points in the fourth and Curry pouring in 13, the Warriors came back for the victory.
“They seemed like the first shots I’ve made all year,” said Barnes, who finished with 17 points. “Man, that was just a huge weight off the shoulders.
“Just to one get in there and get something going from there, it was good.”
It was absolutely necessary on a night when the Warriors missed a lot of shots they normally make.