Warriors coach Mark Jackson calls it a thing of beauty, watching point guard Stephen Curry shoot. Certainly Curry's performance Monday qualified as picturesque.
Curry scored 16 of his game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter as the Warriors stormed back to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 106-99. He made four of his six 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, and two were downright poetic as he curled off a screen and pulled up in one fluid mission.
But not everything he did was a pleasure to the eyes.
"That dance you did on the sidelines," Warriors guard Jarrett Jack said to Curry as he left the locker room, "that was terrible."
Curry had a few celebratory moments to critique, because he made several huge plays as the Warriors erased a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit.
The Clippers took control late in the third quarter. With the Warriors playing their better defenders and unable to score, Los Angeles produced a 12-0 run, turning Golden State's five-point lead into an 80-73 deficit entering the fourth quarter. Over the final 3:12 of the third quarter, the Warriors missed four consecutive jumpers and turned the ball over twice.
But the Warriors got their rhythm back in the fourth quarter.
Jack nailed a jumper, then hit Curry for a transition 3-pointer. The Warriors trailed 82-80. Curry sank two more 3-pointers over the next two minutes, the latter from the right corner to put the Warriors up 88-86.
Stephen Curry leads Golden State Warriors past Los Angeles Clippers
Oakland Tribune | Jan 22