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Stephen Curry scores 45 points in 29 minutes against LA Clippers

NBA.com Staff

* Recap: Warriors 121, Clippers 105

You’d think Stephen Curry couldn’t shock the NBA system by now, not with the body of work the two-time Kia MVP has put together the past few years. But Curry was at it again Saturday against the Los Angeles Clippers, scoring 45 points in less than 30 minutes and draining 3-pointers in ways that only he can.

So how does the greatest shooter the game has ever seen (according to many) bounce back from a 10-game injury absence? He shines the way Curry has in his past four games, the past two without Kevin Durant in the lineup (calf strain) and the Warriors in the midst of a 10-game road win-streak, like an absolute assassin. Dieter Kuretenbach of the Mercury News tries to put what we’re seeing in context:

We can’t stop talking about Curry yet, because he was truly magnificent on Saturday, but it seemed like just another game for the Baby Faced Assassin.

Curry has been out of this world since he returned from his ankle injury just before the new year. In four games since returning, he’s averaging 36 points per game on 65.6 percent shooting from the floor, and 53.8 percent shooting from 3-point range. Subsequently, he’s taken his averages, which before his injury were at 47/38/93 to 49/40/92.5 — knocking on the door of the prestigious 50-40-90 club (with plenty of games to play).

That might not seem impressive, but to raise percentages like that in four games is incredible.

Curry is making up for lost time — with or without Kevin Durant in the lineup (he sat Saturday), Curry has seemingly had an extra pep in his step over the last few games.

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