Stephen Curry had 26 of his season-high 51 points in the third quarter as the Warriors overcame a 22-point deficit in a 128-114 home win over the Mavericks.
It wasn’t quite 37 points, but Stephen Curry’s third quarter outburst was every bit as impressive as Klay Thompson’s historic performance from two weeks ago. Curry shot 6-for-7 on 3-pointers and had 26 of his season-high 51 points in the period, helping the Dubs erase a 22-point deficit in Wednesday’s 128-114 win over the Dallas Mavericks at Oracle Arena.
Reminiscent of his third quarter performances from the 2013 NBA Playoffs, Curry simply took over after halftime. He connected on three straight Warriors field goals, all 3-pointers, over a two-minute stretch midway through the period, and the hot hand continued well into the fourth quarter when the 107th straight sellout crowd on Warriors Ground chanted M-V-P every chance they could get. Curry’s 51 points were the second most he has ever scored in a game (54 at New York on February 27, 2013), and the Warriors certainly needed them on a night that started out with anything but fireworks.
The Dubs got off to a slow start, missing their first five shots before an Andrew Bogut putback finally put the team on the board 3:06 into the game. The Mavericks would soon rally off 14 straight points and the Warriors faced their largest deficit of the game at 40-18 with 1:23 left in the first quarter. Dallas wound up with 42 points in the opening period, the most scored by a Warriors opponent in any quarter this season.