OAKLAND, Calif. — After blank a past 11 games for a Golden State Warriors with a right ankle sprain, Stephen Curry returned in fatiguing conform Saturday night.
The two-time NBA MVP exploded for 38 points, shot 13-for-17 from a building and nailed a season-high 10 of 13 3-pointers in 26 mins to beam a Warriors to a 141-128 win over a Memphis Grizzlies.
“I only wanted that feeling again,” Curry said. “It was flattering special.
“It felt like it was a initial day of propagandize again.”
It was Curry’s ninth 30-point diversion of a season, and his 10 treys were a tip sum for any NBA actor this season. Although it was scarcely a month given he final played, Curry seemed not to have missed a beat.
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“I was only happy to be behind out there with my guys,” he said. “You lay and watch for 11 games, we only consternation what it’s going to be like to get behind out there, and we finally got that opportunity. we unequivocally didn’t know what to expect. we only wanted to get some good reps, get adult and down, see how my breeze was and, surprisingly, we consider my physique felt approach improved than we expected.”
Warriors conduct manager Steve Kerr pronounced he wasn’t astounded as Curry enjoyed a second-most fit diversion of his career when sharpened 10 or some-more shots.
“Most guys we would contend when they come back, maybe they’ll onslaught a small bit to find their rhythm, yet we don’t contend that about Steph,” Kerr said, “because all it takes is one and he can be feeling it.”
Even yet Curry was on a mins restriction, it didn’t shorten his descent prowess. He did whatever he wanted. Whether it was pushing to a hole, popping in transition or relocating around screens, a Grizzlies simply didn’t have an answer for him.
Curry played a initial 8 mins of a game, producing 7 points on dual layups and a 3 from a tip of a key.
Some 14 of Golden State’s 37 assists occurred in a initial quarter, a symbol that was one support off a authorization record for assists in a period.
If there was any doubt Curry wasn’t his aged self, a play late in a second entertain reminded fans of only how special he is. Curry upheld a round to Zaza Pachulia along a baseline and afterwards ran behind a large man. Pachulia, though looking back, bounced a round between his legs to Curry, and with a crack of his wrist a sharpshooter fast got a shot off and emptied a dilemma 3-pointer. Many of a fans in assemblage during Oracle Arena jumped out of their seats.
That was a liking a Warriors’ offense had been blank for many of December. After a initial dual quarters, Curry available 21 points on 7 of 9 sharpened from a margin and 5-of-7 from downtown in 14 minutes.
In a third quarter, Curry even dived for a ball, saving it before going out of end and alighting nearby camera personnel. Fans hold their breath, yet they collectively exhaled once he hopped adult to get behind on offense.
When Curry exited a diversion with dual mins remaining in a third quarter, he was greeted to a station ovation.
“That was phenomenal,” Kevin Durant said. “… I’m blissful that he got it going given we got that indispensable spark. They came out and shot good tonight, so we indispensable that additional spark, generally from a 3-point line. It’s good to see him personification a diversion again.”
With a Warriors adult 14 with 4:53 left in a contest, Curry reentered a diversion and broke Marc Gasol. Moments in, Gasol switched onto Curry, and a indicate ensure crossed adult a large male twice, withdrawal Gasol towering behind — and Curry swished his 10th 3-pointer.
It was only Curry’s night. After that, he was subbed out for good.
“I was fighting my instinct,” Kerr said. “… He really talked me into withdrawal him out there for a few minutes.”
Durant offering his take on a Gasol play.
“It seems like he does that to a lot of bigs who try to ensure him,” Durant explained. “It’s only spectacular.”
The 141 points scored were some-more than a Warriors scored in any of a 11 games played though Curry, and a team’s 18 3-pointers were a many given his injury, as well. It’s also a many a Warriors have ever scored opposite a Grizzlies.
Kerr joked that even Memphis was prohibited “just given Steph was in a building.” The Grizzlies shot 52.1 percent from a margin and went 15-for-21 (71.4 percent) from 3-point range.
“Steph creates everybody fire better,” Kerr said. “It’s crazy.”
Curry’s lapse came 5 days too late for a mega Christmas Day matchup with a opposition Cleveland Cavaliers. He pronounced he desperately wanted to give it a go opposite a Cavs yet knew he wasn’t 100 percent. Still, Curry pronounced it was frustrating experience.
“It was uncanny given [that game] was right in that small in-between section of assessing my physique and meaningful we wasn’t going to be 100 percent, yet we could be good adequate to play and not be in danger of reinjuring myself,” he said. “I had that on my radar from a time we got hurt, given we knew it was 8 games from that New Orleans diversion to a Cleveland diversion and wanting to play given of how special it is to play on Christmas Day and apparently meaningful who we were personification against.
“You can ask [assistant] Coach Q [Bruce Fraser], that was substantially my misfortune pregame workout. we had no impulse during all. we was out there insane a whole time given we wasn’t suiting up. So, we indeed quit, stopped my examination like median by … If it wasn’t Christmas Day, it substantially wouldn’t have been that tough to lay out given we wasn’t ready.”
Klay Thompson combined 21 points and was 5-for-11 from downtown opposite Memphis. Durant chipped in 20 points, 5 play and 9 assists.
Golden State doesn’t play again until Wednesday in Dallas.