Stephen Curry turned in a game for the ages Saturday during a 141-128 win over the Grizzlies.
The league's 29th-ranked offensive club lost despite scoring 13 more points than they had in any other game this season. After averaging under 99 possessions per 48 minutes in the 11 games without Curry (they were at 103.94 before the injury and even faster with Curry), Golden State played at a pace of 106.73 in his almost eight first-quarter minutes against a team that prefers to slow things down.
Charlotte, beginning a four-game road trip, arrived with a 2-12 record away from home. He is averaging a team-leading 26.3 points - just higher than Durant's 26.1 - 6.6 assists and 5.1 rebounds. "Hopefully, we can carry that forward".
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"Most guys, you would say when they come back, they might struggle", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Curry, whose 38 points were one shy of his season-high. "My plan is to play him in six- or seven-minute bursts". In that game, Tyreke Evans and Marc Gasol combined to go just 9 of 31 from the floor, with Evans finishing with a mere ten points. Kerr said late Wednesday night. The quick whistles pushed Green into the National Basketball Association lead for technical fouls with 10, as he separate himself from teammate Kevin Durant and Pelicans' center DeMarcus Cousins who each have eight. "We're going to definitely be a different team when he comes back". Draymond Green was held to only eight points but he did grab 11 rebounds and dish out 16 assists. After the two teams were tied at 53 at halftime, the Hornets took control in the second half as they outscored the Warriors, 58-47 in the final two quarters. Anthony Davis' three-pointer at the buzzer was no good for New Orleans (18-18).
"I would say for him, that's a really good number".
"But we've missed Steph's ability to play the passing lanes, put pressure on the ball, cause some havoc with his speed and quickness".
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Golden State got no closer than three points in the fourth quarter, and Charlotte's lead reached 95-81 when Jeremy Lamb scored a layup off a feed from Howard to cap an 11-0 run with 6:30 left. All eyes will be on Warriors superstar Stephen Curry, who will return to action after missing 11 consecutive games due to a right ankle sprain. Kevin Durant didn't have prolific numbers on Saturday, but he had an efficient 20 points (7-of-12 shooting) to go along with nine assists. Tomorrow it appears he is good to go and then we don't play again for a while.
"When he's around, everybody feels better", Kerr said.
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