Stephen Curry provided all kinds of treats in Saturday’s 134-120 win in New Orleans on Halloween night.
Stephen Curry provided all kinds of treats – unless you’re a Pelicans fan – in Saturday’s 134-120 win in New Orleans on Halloween night. The reigning MVP put together what might have been the best quarter of his already illustrious career, scoring 28 points in the third period on the way to a 53-point effort.
Just four days after he torched the Pelicans with 24 of his 40 points in the first quarter on Opening Night, Curry topped that output with a scintillating streak that spoiled the winless Pelicans’ home opener. With the Warriors playing on the back end of a back-to-back and not being their sharpest, the All-Star guard took the game into his own hands with a little more than nine minutes left in the third period.
Curry’s hot streak started with a 3-pointer that tied the game at 70-70. He scored eight more points within the next 92 seconds and the Warriors never trailed again. Curry scored or assisted the Warriors’ first 27 points of the second half and he shot 10-for-13 from the floor and 5-for-7 on 3-pointers in the quarter. His third quarter was so dominant that his 28 points in the period was more than the entire Pelicans team in the period.
Curry’s extraordinary effort came at an opportune time for the Warriors, who were out-rebounded by 10 for the game and outscored 19-1 on second chance points. Curry added 10 more points in the fourth quarter to finish with 53 points – one off his career high – along with nine assists and four steals.
Draymond Green also had a big game and actually shot a better percentage on 3-pointers than his more heralded teammate, going 4-for-5 from distance on the way to a 21-point night. Klay Thompson paced the Warriors early with 16 of his 19 points in the first half and Harrison Barnes added 11 points and seven rebounds as the Warriors picked up their third straight win to start the season.
The Warriors will look to remain undefeated as they come back to the Bay Area to open a three-game homestand that tips off on Monday night against the Grizzlies in a rematch of the 2015 Western Conference Semifinals that the Dubs won in six games.