CLEVELAND -- The Warriors rediscovered their defensive identity in the second half to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-104 in overtime Sunday, avoiding what could have been a frustrating misstep in the opener of a seven-game trip.

Stephen Curry had 29 points and finished one rebound shy of a second straight triple-double. Draymond Green was a standout off the bench as the Warriors won a season-best fifth straight game before 19,385 at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Warriors overcame a 17-point second-quarter deficit.

Green had only five points, but both of his baskets gave the Warriors the lead, and he also had career highs of 12 rebounds and four blocks.

Golden State Warriors’ Marreese Speights, center, jumps to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Dion Waiters, left, and Tyler Zeller, right,
Golden State Warriors' Marreese Speights, center, jumps to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters, left, and Tyler Zeller, right, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Cleveland. ((AP Photo/Tony Dejak))

"The energy and effort was contagious," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "Draymond was spectacular."

Green's dunk with 59.7 seconds left in overtime put the Warriors ahead 106-104, and Curry shook off a tough second half by nailing a jumper from just inside the 3-point line with 13.5 to go for the four-point cushion.

Green also gave the Warriors the lead late in regulation when he nailed a 3 -- his first field goal after starting the game 0 for 6.

"Staying confident was key," Green said. "The ball found me, and I knew I had to step up and knock the shot down."

Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving sent the game to overtime with a 3 with 9.5 seconds left after the Warriors failed to heed Jackson's plan to foul.

The second half and overtime were a big change from the first two quarters that saw Cleveland score at will. The Cavaliers shot 52.2 percent in the first half and rolled up 64 points. They shot only 30.4 percent after halftime.

"You can't give up 64 points to anyone, any team," Green said. "We knew we had to come out and play more physical and turn the defensive intensity up in the second half, and we were able to do that."

David Lee was particularly frustrated with his first half. He played only 10 minutes after picking up three fouls and had no points or rebounds.

"I just tried to put it behind me and be aggressive in the second half, and I ended up having probably one of my better halves of the season," said Lee, who had 19 points and four rebounds after the break.

Curry kept the Warriors in the game, scoring 24 in the first half. He was 5 of 5 from 3-point range and a pair from long distance in the final minute of the second quarter spurred an 8-0 run that cut the Cavaliers' lead to nine.

"Thankfully we had a little in the tank to keep it close," Curry said. "Nine points is a manageable deficit going into halftime, especially with how bad we played."

Curry's shot fell cold in the second half, and he was just 1 of 11 from the field before he made the late shot to help secure the win.

  • Jackson spoke glowingly about Cleveland's Jarrett Jack, the former Warrior who was a key reserve on last season's Western Conference semifinal team. "He's an incredible, incredible man," Jackson said. "He was a great leader for us."

    Jack signed a four-year, $25 million deal to join the Cavaliers in the offseason. He also spoke highly of his former coach, whom he called, "Somebody I admired from a distance and just getting to know him on a personal level was something that I'll always cherish."

  • Backup point guard Toney Douglas (food poisoning) didn't suit up for the Warriors.

  • Former Saint Mary's College star Matthew Dellavedova has played in 23 games with three starts after making the Cavaliers as an undrafted free agent. He entered the game averaging 4.4 points and 15.1 minutes and was held scoreless in eight minutes.

  • The Warriors waived reserve center Hilton Armstrong after the game and planned to recall Ognjen Kuzmic from the NBA Development League.

  • Cleveland played without center Andrew Bynum again. He was suspended without pay for Saturday's game at Boston for conduct detrimental to the team and is now indefinitely excused from the team.

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    Tuesday's game

    Warriors (19-13) at Orlando (10-20), 2 p.m. CSNBA