OAKLAND – Stephen Curry came from a twin-wire, which moved closer to the 3-point line, but still far beyond. The Warriors Point Guard still could not find any open spaces.
The big man of the New Orleans Pelicans, Anthony Davis, came down with a long arm that aimed to disrupt his shooting movement.
That really seemed to be a low percentage shot. Not for Steph. Not during a tough third quarter where he just could not miss it.
If it was a heat check, he found Curry still burning. Jaws fell as it went through as part of a rise that brought the Warriors to a 147-140 win over the Pelicans in the Oracle Arena.
Curry had 41 points at night, 23 in a third quarter in which he went 7 of 8 from beyond the arch.
Many of them were for most fantasy shots. They are practiced, often kernographed and sometimes perfected by the finest distance shooter of the NBA.
"When you feel so hot, you only see the edge," said Curry. "You just try to stay in balance and get to your place, wherever that is. Again, these are footage that I am working on. I have faith in her. I know that my teammates are doing it. "
Kevin Durant is a rare talent, and even he has to stop and applaud.
"He once in the generation once in a generation is talented and his movements are so gentle that he looks so easy," Durant said after scoring 30 points of his own. "If he breaks these blows, it's just a pleasure to see."
Curry was virtually unstoppable in the second half and secured his sixth 40-point game of the season with 1
The Warriors achieved a franchise record with 24 three-pointers made 49 attempts on a franchise record. Lately, they have boosted their 3-point aspirations, something opposing teams have done when trying to beat Golden State in a season with tighter matches than the defending champions.
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Head coach Steve Kerr cites that number 30 for this 3-point surge back to health is.
"Steph just changes the whole equation," Kerr said. "It really depends on Steph being back because the pace is rising again. He shot 17 threesday evening. That is the difference. He will shoot up a lot of it. "
Some of them are standard shots taken near the 3-point line. Others, however, would be taken mad by most others.
It's common in these areas for Curry to go crazy, but other snipers are also amazed at his shots and sometimes shocking levels of difficulty.
It's unbelievable, "said fellow guard Klay Thompson. "Pull up the drop from over 30 feet – it's crazy. I show size. "