It would be a little bit of an understatement to say that Stephen Curry started well in the Warriors’ 139-115 victory over the Washington Wizards at Oracle on Sunday. “Well” doesn’t do justice to Curry, who was in on all of the Warriors’ first 23 points.
Yep, Curry nailed four three pointers and handed out five assists in the game’s first seven-plus minutes, helping to get the Warriors — and their fans — into the game. Curry slowed down a little bit, but he still finished the first half with 22 points and six assists, and he buried 6-of-9 3-pointers. Despite hanging in for much of the first half, the Wizards still found themselves down 67-57 at halftime.
The only downside to the night for the Warriors was the way it ended — with Brandon Jennings committing a flagrant foul against JaVale McGee, who was attempting a 3-point shot late in the game … but with the shot clock still in play.
That attempt came on the heels of the Warriors spoon-feeding Draymond Green on multiple possessions in order to try to get him a triple double, which they eventually did. But Jennings said he felt the Warriors were being disrespectful, and even Steve Kerr didn’t completely disagree.
Kerr apologized for McGee’s shot and acknowledged that he was “uncomfortable” with it. Still that couldn’t overshadow Curry’s performance.
Curry’s third quarter wasn’t quite as good as his first, though he did have 15 points, while backcourt mate Klay Thompson had 12. By that time, the Warriors led 106-88. Curry’s line was a thing of beauty. He had 42 points in just 35 minutes, going 15-for-22 from the field, including 9-for-14 from beyond the arc. He had eight assists and one lonely turnover.
Curry hit a 3-pointer in the third quarter to give him 300 for the season. He is the only player in NBA history with 300-plus 3-pointers in a single season. He has now done so twice. Last year Curry finished the season with 402 3-pointers, a league record.
The Warriors, of course, have put together this 11-game winning streak without the services of Kevin Durant, who has an injured left leg. Durant continues to make progress and the issue isn’t if he’ll return, it’s when.
Though the Warriors have ruled him out for the next two games — vs. Minnesota and at Phoenix — it is likely he’ll return for the last game or so before the Warriors head into the postseason.
Draymond Green finished with a triple double, scoring 11 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and handing out 13 assists … never mind the Warriors purposely were feeding him for a bucket because he was two points short — until he buried a 3-pointer with under a minute.