The last few days have been rather “annoying,” according to Steph Curry. A bunch of older NBA players have been downplaying what Golden State has accomplished this season. Oscar Roberston, in particular, said that the defense being played now is nowhere near how it was played back in his time, which is why Curry is doing what he’s doing.
In fact, Steph Curry was so annoyed that he decided to unleash all his frustration on the Thunder. Just three weeks after their first meeting, Golden State and Oklahoma City faced off Saturday Night in OKC and played an incredible game.
OKC jumped out to a quick lead and were up by ten points at the end of the first; at halftime, the Thunder led 57-46. During the third quarter, on a drive to the basket, the Bay Area collectively held their breath as their superstar exited with an apparent ankle injury. On that drive, Russell Westbrook landed on Curry’s ankle and it looked really, really bad. Steph went to the locker room and got it re-taped, missing only six minutes of the third quarter.
Once he returned he couldn’t be stopped. He finished with 46 on the night with 31 of them coming in the second half. It was an absolutely riveting display of shooting from Curry, who tied the NBA record with 12 three-pointers made; even more astounding is he only attempted 16 threes. His last one came with sixth-tenths of a second left, which gave the Warriors a 121-118 victory.
Along with tying the record for threes made in a game, Curry broke his own record for threes in a season and now has 288 for the year.
The Thunder really put up a fantastic effort against the best team in the league, so give them credit. KD and Russ showed up as always, with Durant tallying 37/12/5, and Russ recording 26/7/13; Ibaka grabbed 20 boards and scored 15. Klay Thompson had himself another great night as well, going for 32. Draymond Green stuffed almost the entire state sheet as he inhaled 14 boards, 14 dimes, six steals, and four blocks.
Around The League
Tim Duncan lengthens his Hall of Fame resume by becoming the sixth player to block 3,000 shots and passing Karl Malone for seventh all-time in total rebounds (14,971). Duncan joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only other player to have 20,000 points, 14,000 rebounds, 3,000 blocks in a career.
Minnesota puts together a 112-110 victory over the Pelicans thanks to their super-young trio combining for 75 points. KAT led with 30, but LaVine and Wiggins weren’t far off with 25 and 20, respectively.
Pau Gasol puts up remarkable numbers against the Trailblazers as Chicago loses their second straight ball game. He scored a team-high 22 and also grabbed 16 boards and dished out 14 assists. It was the eighth triple-double of his career and the first since 2013.
MIA 89 – BOS 101
MIN 112 – NOLA 110
POR 103 – CHI 95
SAS 104 – HOU 94
DET 102 – MIL 91
GSW 121 – OKC 118
MEM 106 – PHX 111
BKN 98 – UTAH 95
*All data courtesy of Basketball-Reference*