If the first game of an extended road trip really does set the tone for an entire roadie, we're in for quite a bit of drama over the next six games.

The Warriors had to erase a 17-point deficit in the final 25 minutes of Sunday's game and a nine-point deficit in the final 16 1/2 minutes merely to create a back-and-forth affair that went to overtime.

After keeping his team alive during an otherwise sloppy first half, Stephen Curry closed out the 108-104 victory over Cleveland with a 23-footer with 13.5 seconds left in overtime.

"This was very critical," said Warriors forward Draymond Green, who had career highs with 12 rebounds and four blocked shots. "It decides how we go into our next matchup and the rest of the trip. Now, we've started out on the right foot and have some momentum."

Harrison Barnes made a layup that stopped the Warriors' 0-for-5 dry spell and tied it 104-104 with 1:55 remaining in overtime. After Andre Iguodala blocked Kyrie Irving's layup attempt at the other end, the Warriors' swingman raced ahead and found Green for a dunk and a 106-104 lead with 59.7 left.

Until that point, Irving seemingly had an answer for everything the Warriors did. Iguodala put the Warriors up 94-90 with 3:44 left in regulation, and David Lee gave them a 96-92 advantage with three minutes remaining. After each Warriors bucket, Irving drained a jumper to trim the deficit back to two points, including an 18-footer with 2:43 left that made it 96-94.

Irving finally missed a tough reverse layup attempt, but Tristan Thompson was able to tip in the game-tying bucket with two minutes remaining. After missed jumpers on both ends, Green made a three-pointer with 1:05 left to put the Warriors ahead 99-96. Once again, Irving answered with a game-tying three-pointer with 9.5 seconds on the clock after the Warriors failed to fulfill their coach's instruction to foul before the shot.

"I'm not a coach who puts anybody on blast, but we were locked and loaded to commit a foul," Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said. "Mistakes were made. It happens. But I told them in the huddle, 'Let it go. We're good enough to win this game twice.' "