As shot after shot fell into the net, Stephen Curry lifted his arms, waved to thank the adoring crowd, and shouted in delight – no trash about it.
Curry made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 56.8 seconds left to cap a 45-point home opening that lifted the Golden State Warriors over the Los Angeles Clippers 115-113 on Thursday night.
Curry rebounded admirably after a lackluster performance in the season opener, even by his lofty standards.
“I never have to be concerned about my shooting.” “Never,” he declared.
With 36 seconds left, the current NBA scoring champion even grabbed a crucial rebound before calmly hitting a pair of free throws with less than 5 seconds remaining, scoring eight points in the last 1:54.
Curry was booed by the crowd long after the game was over, until he eventually retreated down the tunnel.
Coach Steve Kerr stated, “Steph Curry was simply Steph Curry; there’s never been anyone like him.” “Those last two threes were insane….” “I’m still in awe.”
Curry had already surpassed his total from two nights earlier with 25 points on 9-of-9 shooting and five 3-pointers as Golden State built a 44-27 lead by the time the first quarter ended with chants of “MVP!” Curry had already surpassed his total from two nights earlier with 25 points on 9-of-9 shooting and five 3-pointers as Golden State built a 44-27 lead by the time the buzzer sounded to end the first period.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever had a great start like that,” Curry said, “but it was just a fantastic flow from the start.”
Curry shot 16 of 25 from the field and 8 of 13 from three-point range while grabbing 10 rebounds.
On Tuesday, the two-time MVP went 5 for 21 from the field, converting only two of eight 3-point attempts en route to 21 points in a road win against the Lakers, which he described as “crap.”
“I should have simply stated I shot the ball like crap and still found a way to try to effect the game,” Curry remarked on Thursday.
“You know Steph, he usually comes back strong after a bad shooting night,” Kerr said.
Damion Lee scored 11 points off the bench, including a game-winning 3-pointer with 5:55 remaining, while Andrew Wiggins added 17 points and six rebounds.
Eric Bledsoe scored 22 points and Paul George had 29 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists in the Clippers’ season opening. Los Angeles rallied from a 19-point second-quarter hole to lead 67-66 at halftime, taking advantage of Warriors turnovers.
Curry, who was named one of the top 75 NBA players of all time earlier in the day, dazzled in the first home game of his 13th NBA season after taking the microphone before tipoff and thanking fans for their support and patience during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as welcoming them back to Chase Center.
With 7:43 left in the second, he returned and hit another jumper before missing a 3-point attempt at the 4:55 mark.
Before tipoff, Curry informed the audience, “This is going to be a wonderful, great season back at Chase Center,” adding, “Can’t wait to welcome Klay Thompson back.”
Draymond Green left the game in the third quarter with a right wrist injury after missing six of seven free shots, but he subsequently returned.
Kerr stated, “He responded brilliantly.”
The Warriors, who lost in the play-in game to Memphis, have fans back at the start of the season, which is a new beginning for them. It was the first time a regular-season game has been sold out since March 2020.