Steph Curry, Warriors comeback over Clippers, reaction, LaMelo Ball, shoved, fight, Charlotte Hornets
The Golden State Warriors superstar had been copping it from all angles after a tough start to the season but he has delivered two of the best individual performances of the season as his side has righted the ship.
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After the Warriors’ 0-2 start to the season, Golden State became the first team since the 1989-90 Warriors to lose their first two games by at least 25 points.
But Curry has led the side back to fifth in the Western Conference with a 5-4 record, bouncing back from a 108-101 loss to the Clippers the night before to had the LA side a 115-105 defeat.
It comes after Curry buried 62 points in a win over the Trail Blazers earlier in the week but the 32-year-old has done it again with 38 points and 11 rebounds in a comeback against the Clippers.
While not as obviously impressive as a 62-point night, Curry was held to 13 points and five assists the night before and the Clippers attempted to shut him down again, triple teaming the two-time MVP at times.
And the plan appeared to be working with the Clippers holding a 22-point lead at worst in the third quarter.
After that point, it became all one way traffic as Curry hit 18 points in the fourth quarter including four three-pointers, as well as three more assists that led to seven more points while the Clippers as a team had just 20 points combined.
The Warriors forced 10 turnovers and took double the rebounds.
Ultimately, Golden State outscored LA 52-20 in the final 15.15 of the game.
“We are a young team trying to find our identity and understand how we are going to win games,” Curry said post-game. “A win like this gives us confidence that no matter how far out of it we are, we can turn it around.”
Curry also hit nine three-pointers, the 50th time in his career that he’s hit eight or more three pointers in a game.
Curry has been a different man after the first three games of the season from beyond the arc, having shot 46.4 per cent in the last six games compared with 25.7 per cent in the first three.
Teammate Eric Paschell said was in awe of Curry.
“Sometimes I got to remember I’m his teammate,” he said. “I’m so used to watching him on TV … but sometimes you do wanna sit there and watch, I can’t lie.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr was unsurprised that his star had this week coming.
“It’s because it’s Steph Curry, it’s just who Steph is,” Kerr said. “He’s been doing this for many, many years and it’s one of the reasons he’s a two- time MVP. Usually with Steph, when he has a tough game he bounces back with the next one.”
But social media went nuts as Curry reminded everyone just how good he is and the reports of his demise were premature.
LAMELO SHOVED BY TEAMMATE
The Ball family are known for ruffling feathers but things got a bit heated for LaMelo as a teammate shoved him after a late decision.
The Charlotte Hornets got a 118-110 win over the New Orleans Pelicans but teammate Bismack Biyombo wanted no part of LaMelo after the game.
Biyombo is Ball’s mentor on the team but as the youngster went for a hug, Biyombo pushed him away.
It came after Ball just missed out on becoming the youngest NBA player to score a triple-double.
Needing one assist to reach the milestone, Ball passed instead of taking a shot before the Hornets were called for a shot clock violation with 32.8 seconds left.
Arguably it was the safer play when Zion Williamson was standing over Ball but it could have put some noses out of joint.
On Ball and Biyombo’s relationship, Hornets coach James Borrego previously said the pair have forged a close bond.
“It’s so funny. I look in huddles sometimes or I’m looking, showing a film and those two are hugging behind me, arms around each other,” he said.
“I love what I’m seeing, the partnership there, the mentorship. That’s huge for LaMelo, his growth. But he’s very engaged and he wants it. He loves that connection with his teammates, his coaches.”
Ball also said it was like “a big brother”.
Speaking of a big brother, LaMelo claimed the wood in the battle of the Ball’s over Lonzo, who plays for the Pelicans.
Lonzo had five points, two rebounds and three assists, while LaMelo had 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists by the end of the night.