Steph Curry has once again dealt with one of the surest assumptions in today’s NBA: If he’s cold early, watch out late.
The latest example came Saturday in Houston, where Curry overshadowed the brutal first half with a third quarter of such brilliance that it proved decisive.
Curry’s third quarter – 23 points, shooting 7 of 11, including 5 of 7 from depth – took the Warriors to a 113-87 victory over the Rockets, giving Golden State (32-32) much-needed relief in the immediate wake of successive damage lesions.
“I’ve seen a lot of him do this where he fights and can’t do anything,” coach Steve Kerr said in a video conference on Saturday. “It simply came to our notice then. He made this one in the corner where he was celebrating and started jumping up and down and maybe making fun of himself. That seemed to make him leave. “
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“I don’t know what I was shooting on time,” said Curry, who was 3 out of 15 so far. “But it was good to shout a little and try to bring a little joy to the game. Things started from there. “
By the time the Rockets scored again, the Warriors had added 15 more points as part of a 24-0 shot and built a 77-59 lead. Curry scored 15 of the 24 points. The warriors were in command.
“In the second half, we seemed to be one step slow, maybe a little tired,” said Houston coach Stephen Silas. “But when Steph left, the humiliation and the putting on of his head after taking some pictures may be part of it.”
The Rockets might have hoped that Curry would carry his misery through the first half into the second. He missed 10 of his 12 shots, including eight of his 10 attempts beyond the arc, and reached seven points in 18 minutes. Curry also made three turns.
But if you’ve seen Curry over the years, you’ll know that one quarter is not indicative of another, and the same goes for one half.
“One of the most remarkable things about Steph is that he can be in the middle of what seems like his worst game of the season and then just explode,” Kerr said. “He has the utmost confidence. It’s pretty amazing to watch, because most people couldn’t dig themselves out of such a hole. “
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Curry finished with a high 30 points in shooting 9 of 23, including 7 of 17 from a distance. He added six rebounds and five assists and made just one turn after half time.
“It got hot in the third quarter,” Silas said. “He did it to a lot of teams.”
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