A video game broke out Friday night at Oracle Arena, and in the end the Warriors had the high score.
The Warriors and the Orlando Magic put on a ridiculous long-range shooting display, combining for an NBA-record 36 made 3-pointers. But the Magic's final two attempts from beyond the arc missed, and the Warriors held on for a 123-120 overtime victory.
Monta Ellis led all scorers with 39 points, including 7 of 9 from 3-point range. Dorell Wright was 8 of 11 from beyond the arc and had 32 points. Golden State set a franchise record with 21 3-pointers, connecting on 60 percent of its attempts.
Former Warriors guard Jason Richardson made 7 of 11 3-pointers for 30 points for the Magic, but he missed a wide-open attempt at the end of overtime that would have tied it. Orlando was 15 of 32 from beyond the arc.
"I'm glad I was a part of it. It was an incredible game," Warriors coach Keith Smart said. "Everyone shot the ball well with big play after big play."
The Warriors had to come back from a 53-32 second-quarter deficit for the victory, and Wright was a big part of it. He had 16 points during a 6-minute, 15-second span in which the Warriors outscored the Magic 26-9 to take a 69-68 lead with 4:28 left in the third quarter. Wright nailed four 3-pointers during the stretch, and Ellis and Stephen Curry each added one.
"That's an NBA classic right there, for sure," Wright said. "That was a great game. It was crazy to be a part of that.
What appeared to be a pivotal play followed, but in the end it didn't hurt the Warriors. Wright committed his fourth foul on a 3-point attempt by Hedo Turkoglu, and Smart was forced to pull his hottest player from the game. The Warriors proceeded to miss five of their next six shots, helping Orlando put together an 8-0 run over the next 2:26.
"I was so upset with myself, but I think that was the best thing for me, to go over (to the bench) and regroup," Wright said. "I was so excited and happy. I was jittery and jumping up at the shot-fake I use on people. It worked out."
The Warriors had a 101-98 lead and the ball in the final moments of regulation, but Orlando's Jameer Nelson forced an Ellis turnover, giving the Magic one last chance to tie. The Warriors' Vladimir Radmanovic jumped past Turkoglu on a pump-fake, allowing him to drain a wide-open 3-pointer with 8.3 seconds left.
Curry had a pass knocked away by Dwight Howard on the final possession of regulation to force overtime.
Ellis began overtime with -- what else? -- a 3-pointer, and the Warriors never relinquished the lead. They led 119-116 when Richardson was fouled by Ellis on a 3-point attempt. But Richardson, a 77 percent foul shooter, made just one of three free throws.
Nelson stole the ensuing inbounds pass but was called for a charge. Ellis then was fouled, and his two free throws gave the Warriors a 121-117 lead. But Richardson hit another 3-pointer to make it 121-120 with 11.9 seconds left. Curry then made two free throws for the final points of the night.
"It was a great one tonight," Ellis said. "We got a win. It's great to be back home in front of our fans. We put on a show for them tonight."
Minnesota (17-50) at Warriors (29-36), 6 p.m., CSNBA