Stephen Curry’s 47-point takeover delivers Warriors needed win

SAN FRANCISCO — Stephen Curry has never been happier with a win in game 11 of the regular season than he did with the Golden State Warriors’ 116-113 win over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.

After a five-game losing streak, the Warriors felt this was as close as possible to a must-win game so early in the season.

Their win was largely down to the recent Curry takeover, in addition to some timely 3-pointers from Andrew Wiggins on the track.

Curry finished the night with a game- and season-high 47 points on 17-of-24 shooting, including 7-of-12-of-3, eight rebounds and eight assists. He scored 17 of his points in the fourth quarter. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Curry is the first player to record such a stat line and has had no turnovers since turnovers were first recorded in 1977-78.

“It was very [2022] Game 4 of the NBA Finals for me. He just didn’t want to let us lose,” said Draymond Green. “Take that with a grain of salt because I’m not saying that game was that important. But you know when to get out of the way. It was one of those times when he took over.”

Curry’s dominance was much needed by Golden State early in the season as they cope with defensive struggles and an unproductive bench. But Curry insists the weight he carries for his team is not a liability.

“We have to understand that [the young players] everyone will get an opportunity to perform and there will be some struggles — some really high highs and some really low lows,” Curry said. “That’s the story of this team. As vets you understand that every year is a little different and you are up for the challenge. It’s a challenge for these young people to find their way in this league and also in a certain role.

Curry has scored at least 30 points in eight of the ten games he has played, becoming the third player in franchise history to do so, alongside Wilt Chamberlain and Rick Berry.

So far this season, Curry has hit 53 3-pointers, the second-most in a player’s first 10 games of a season – only behind his record of 59 from the 2018-19 season.

“Steph was just stunning,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “He’s obviously one of the greatest players of all time and he’s playing so well on so many nights. But even that seemed special to him.”

Curry played 38 minutes against Sacramento, as did Klay Thompson. Green added 36 minutes, and Andrew Wiggins played a game-high 40. Kerr said because those four players faced the New Orleans Pelicans two nights ago and the team desperately needed the win, he felt comfortable “toting those with tough minutes track “For starters.

“It was obviously necessary,” Kerr said. “But it’s not sustainable. So we know we can’t do this for long.”

The Warriors have had to rely on their starters in nearly every game this season as they faced a significant slump in production during their bench minutes.

After her winless road trip, Kerr vowed to change his rotation to try and find a spark. He chose to bring two-wayer Anthony Lamb higher into the rotation, as well as 2021 No. 7 overall Jonathan Kuminga, who has been a DNP in three of the Warriors’ last seven games.

Despite the changes to the rotation, Golden State’s bench still struggled as they were outplayed by Sacramento 45-15. Jordan Poole continued his slow start to the season, scoring just two points and posting a minus-11 net rating.

After halftime, Kerr brought Poole into the starting lineup over Kevon Looney to try and get Poole going but it didn’t work. Kerr never returned to Kuminga in the second half either, playing Moses Moody for just nine minutes all night.

“We weren’t right in the first half after a good start. We lost our juice,” Kerr said. “So in the second half it was more figuring it out… we did enough to make it happen but at that point we just flew past the bottom of our pants.”

Notable omissions in the rotation included lone veteran reserve JaMychal Green and 2020 No. 2 James Wiseman, who is back after an 18-month absence with a meniscus injury and multiple setbacks.

Kerr said there will be opportunities for JaMychal Green and Wiseman to eventually work their way back into the rotation, but for now Kerr plans to play smaller lineups that include Draymond Green and Kuminga as backup centers for Looney.

“This is imperative [Wiseman] use this time to improve,” said Draymond Green. “If you’re not in the lineup, you should self-destruct every day. One thing is for sure, Steve will call your number…you need to make sure you’re ready.”

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Emma Bowman

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