SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Stephen Curry raised his arms, waved to adoring fans as shot after shot fell into the net and screamed in celebration – no litter about it.
Curry scored a 3-point green light with 56.8 seconds remaining to follow a 30-footer less than a minute earlier, and he relished every game of his 45-point home opener that lifted the Golden State Warriors. against the Los Angeles Clippers 115-113 Thursday night.
Curry rebounded from a below par outing in Game 1 of the season thanks to his high standards.
âI never worry about my shot. Never, âhe said.
The reigning NBA scoring champion even got a key rebound with 36 seconds left before calmly converting a pair of free throws with under 5 seconds to go, scoring eight points in the 1:54 Finals.
Fans gave Curry a good cheer after the match was over until he finally disappeared into the tunnel.
“Steph Curry was just Steph Curry, there has never been someone like him,” said coach Steve Kerr. âThose last two 3 were ridiculous. â¦ I am still blown away.
Chants of âMVP! Started at the end of the first quarter, and by the time the bells rang to end the initial period, Curry had already surpassed his tally two nights earlier with 25 points on 9 shots of 9 and five on 3 points while Golden State was building a 44-27 in the lead.
âI don’t know if I’ve had a perfect start like this before, but it was just a good flow from the jump,â said Curry.
Curry finished 16 of 25 from the ground and 8 for 13 from the depths with 10 rebounds.
On Tuesday, the two-time MVP shot just 5 for 21 – scoring 2 of 8 3 – on his way to 21 points in a road win over the Lakers on Tuesday night in a performance he called “trash. “.
Curry corrected himself Thursday, “I should have just said I shot the ball like trash and still found a way to try and impact the game.”
âYou know Steph, when he’s having a bad shooting night he always comes back strong,â Kerr said.
Damion Lee nodded at 3 points with 5:55 left and scored 11 points off the bench while Andrew Wiggins added 17 points and six rebounds.
Paul George had 29 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in the Clippers’ opener of the season, and Eric Bledsoe scored 22 points. Los Angeles fought back from a 19-point second-quarter deficit to take a 67-66 halftime lead while capitalizing on the Warriors’ turnovers.
âSteph will have those quarterbacks when he leaves, but you have to stay the course and I thought our team did it tonight,â Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said.
Curry, 33, who was named one of the NBA’s all-time 75 best players earlier today, was dazzled in the home game opener of his 13th NBA season after taking the mic before the kick off and thanked the fans for their support. and patience during the coronavirus pandemic and welcome them back to the Chase Center.
He came back with 7:43 left in the second, took another jump and finally missed a 3-point try at 4:55.
“It’s going to be a great, great season back at Chase Center,” Curry told the crowd ahead of kickoff, adding, “I can’t wait to welcome Klay Thompson back.”
Draymond Green came out in the third and headed for the locker room with a right wrist injury after missing six of seven free throws but returned later.
âHe responded beautifully,â Kerr said.
It’s kind of a fresh start for the Warriors, who lost in the play-in game against Memphis, given that they finally have some returning fans at the start of a season. The sold-out crowd marked the first full-capacity regular season game since March 2020.
âTwo years ago it was such a weird season with all the injuries and the brand new venue. It sounded strange, âKerr said. âLast year the whole world was strange. It looks like a new beginning. “
Clippers: George received a 2:21 technical foul before halftime. â¦ The Clippers took care of the ball, committing just seven turnovers while taking advantage of the Warriors’ mistakes. â¦ LA, who had their highest 3-point percentage in franchise history last season at 41.1%, shot 6 for 16 from the bottom of the first half and 14 of 40 overall.
Warriors: Curry’s 25 points in Game 1 is a career high for this quarter. â¦ Golden State made 21 turnovers, six from Curry and seven from Jordan Poole. â¦ Forward Andre Iguodala received an enthusiastic standing ovation when he was introduced before the game and again when he registered for the first time at the end of the first quarter. Iguodala, 37, who helped Golden State win the 2015 championship to become the MVP of the NBA Finals and then two more titles, signed a one-year contract. â¦ Thompson is working back from surgery to repair a tear in his right Achilles tendon and hopes to play in late November or early December.
The Warriors honor someone at every home game during their 75th anniversary season, and it was Hall of Famer Al Attles for the opener.
The Attles, 84, presented the match ball to officials ahead of the game.
Clippers: Host the Grizzlies on Saturday in their home opener.
Warriors: In Sacramento on Sunday after losing their last two road games to former best assistant Luke Walton and the Kings.
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