Stephen Curry carries Warriors again, has 40 in comeback win

SAN FRANCISCO — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has run out of words to describe Stephen Curry’s game earlier in the season. Earlier this week he said curry was “stunning”. Kerr used “spectacular” after Friday night’s 106-101 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Curry had 40 points against the Cavs, including 18 in the fourth quarter, marking the sixth time he has scored at least 10 points in the fourth this season. Curry shot 15 of 23 from the field, including 6 of 11 on 3-pointers.

“I classify it as aggressive,” Curry said of his numerous late-game takeovers. “Obviously there have to be shots but it’s about making aggressive attacks from the pick and roll, getting other guys involved, getting the paint and finishing, coming out with the shooting. A lot of confidence was taken from our playoff run last year. It’s about understanding the balance between playmaking and scoring.”

Curry has now scored at least 30 points in nine of his 11 games. At 34, he is also the oldest player with 40 consecutive point games since Michael Jordan in 2002.

“He’s just amazing night after night,” Kerr said. “Given the circumstances where our team was kind of stuck trying to dig their way out of a hole, it was just spectacular. He’s never been better, I can say that.”

For Warriors forward Draymond Green, what’s stood out most about Curry’s searing start is the readings he’s making.

Green pointed to a game Friday night in which Curry overheard Cleveland coach JB Bickerstaff telling his big ones to stay in the paint. Curry came to the Warriors bench and told his teammates to look outside so he could pull the ball closer to half court.

Subsequent play resulted in Kevon Looney screening Jarrett Allen and freeing Curry for a 3-pointer.

“He puts all this stuff up,” Green said. “We’ve seen [Curry do this] for years but I think it’s how he does it and how he puts guys in the places where he wants them that’s what impresses me. The growth there is absolutely amazing.

“Noticing all those things and actually getting to the exact shot you want to achieve and then making it is a whole different thing…actually setting that up and then delivering it is very impressive.”

The Warriors (5-7) have relied on Curry to deliver those kinds of moments and performances all season. He has undoubtedly carried a heavier burden in helping his team achieve some sort of success so far this year.

But from the looks of it, the warriors aren’t worried about Curry’s stamina or workload.

“At the end of the day, Steph will be carrying most of the load offensively. That’s just who he is and what he does,” Green said. “No need to panic or get tired. But I think the guys are starting to find their rhythm and everything will fall into place. It’s a process.”

Curry got help from Andrew Wiggins on Friday night, who finished with 20 points; Jordan Poole, who scored 18 points after a difficult start to the year; and two-way player Anthony Lamb, who added 10.

Kerr says Curry’s fitness and strength are the areas where he’s grown the most during his nine years at the Golden State.

Curry doesn’t think this is the best he’s felt at the start of a season but said it’s more about maintaining the rhythm he had towards the end of last season and carrying it over to now.

“Considering our early struggles and how we’re trying to get over the hump as a team, it’s nice to know you can dig into big games like this to help us get a solid momentum,” Curry said . “We’ll see how long it lasts.”

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/35007593/stephen-curry-carries-warriors-again-40-comeback-win Stephen Curry carries Warriors again, has 40 in comeback win

Emma Bowman

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