JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports activities Author
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry made a candy crossover, then stepped again and knocked down one other three-pointer as Kevin Durant coated his mouth together with his hand in pure admiration and awe.
In his final six quarters, Curry has 20 three-pointers and eighty two factors — and the Golden State Warriors have been to date forward coach Steve Kerr might relaxation his MVP for the fourth interval each occasions.
With dad Dell watching stay Wednesday night time, Curry hit eleven three-pointers and scored 39 factors, coming again with vengeance from a one-recreation absence whereas unwell and main the Warriors to a 126-111 blowout of his hometown Charlotte Hornets.
“It’s all the time cool to see my dad on the sidelines commentating the sport on their finish,” Curry stated. “You get just a little juice from that, too. … I don’t take these alternatives without any consideration as a result of this an unbelievable alternative to play the sport that he performed for sixteen years within the NBA and keep it up that identify within the league.”
For everyone who questioned Steph’s productiveness and capturing contact months in the past as Durant got here aboard, he has quieted all of them.
“Early on, he acquired it cookin’,” Durant stated. “We sort of rode the wave from there.”
Klay Thompson added 29 factors and matched his profession excessive with eight assists, and Durant had 18 factors, eight rebounds and eight assists for the NBA-main Warriors (forty two-7).
Curry recorded his fifth profession recreation with at the very least eleven 3s, shot 14 for 20, eleven of 15 from lengthy vary and dished out eight assists dealing with Charlotte for the second time in precisely every week.
The 2-time reigning NBA MVP was sick — his capturing, that’s. He sat out Sunday night time at Portland with the abdomen flu. Nothing slowed him down this night time, and he even hit one third-quarter three whereas falling into the entrance row of followers.
“It’s superb. You’ve obtained to understand greatness,” Thompson stated.
Already having set the common-season single-recreation document with thirteen on Nov. 7 towards New Orleans, Curry rested within the fourth. Golden State wound up with 21 3s in all Wednesday on a franchise-document forty eight makes an attempt.
Frank Kaminsky scored 24 factors off the bench for the Hornets, who misplaced their sixth in a row general and ninth straight on the street.
Curry hit six first-quarter 3s and Golden State matched a franchise report with 9 3s in 1 / 4, doing so for the sixth time. The Warriors led forty one-21 after the primary, their NBA-main 14th forty-level quarter.
The Warriors reached 70 factors by halftime for the…