Curry’s 40 leads shorthanded Warriors past Magic 111-105

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER

Steph Curry maintained his recent groove Thursday night, pouring in 40 points including 10 three-pointers to lead the Warriors to a 111-105 win over Orlando at Chase Center. The effort extended Curry’s career-best streak with four or more three-pointers to 13 consecutive games, tying James Harden’s all-time NBA record.

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Steph Curry lets loose following a late three-pointer on the way to a 40-point effort against Orlando Thursday night at Chase Center. Curry finished 10-19 from behind the arc as the Golden State held off the Magic 111-105 in their return home following a four-game road trip.

The Warriors jumped out to a 13 point first quarter lead, but the pesky Magic reversed the script in the second frame, outscoring Golden State 36-18 to take a 55-47 lead into the locker room at halftime, as Golden State was forced to continue to play small ball with the absence of centers James Wiseman and Kevon Looney.

Orlando was led as usual by always steady All-Star center Nikola Vucevic, who scored 25 points to go along with a game-high 13 rebounds. Dwayne Bacon and Terrance Ross each added 20 fro the Magic, while James Ennis III contributed 17 points and 10 boards.

Andrew Wiggins continued his resurgence with Golden State, netting 21 points on 8-13 shooting to go along with seven rebounds, while Kelly Oubre added his second double-double of the season with 17 points and ten rebounds.

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Andrew Wiggins looks to get off a pass around Orlando’s Mo Bamba during the Warriors 111-106 win over the Magic Thursday night at Chase Center. Wiggins contributed 21 points and seven rebounds to help Golden State solidify its hold on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

After the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr commented on the need for halftime adjustments, “They had us bottled up. We had a good first quarter because we defended and held them to 19 points. Then they blitzed us in the second quarter. Thirty-six points. We couldn’t find any space and that’s why we made the lineup change to start the third quarter just to try and open up the floor a little bit for Steph. We had to fight for everything. I thought the second half was 24 minutes of intensity and energy.”

For his part, Curry seems to feel that he’s in the best zone of his career.”It’s all about what’s happening now. I don’t really compare it to anything in terms of the past. I feel confident and strong and in rhythm and it’s a good feeling and want to keep getting better.”

With the Brooklyn Nets coming into Chase Center Saturday night for a nationally televised marquee match-up and Kevin Durant’s first game against his former team, Curry was asked how he remembers his three years playing with Durant. “Two championships, an unfortunate ending with injuries and not getting it done in the ’19 Finals, but it was some of the best basketball that I think the world has ever seen. The ability to put that much talent and experience together and make it work, we figured it out, and it was an amazing run. We’ll remember the heights that we accomplished and achieved and that was an amazing three years.”

GAME NOTES:

Golden State extended its home-winning streak vs. Orlando to eight-straight games, its longest active home-winning streak vs. any opponent. The Warriors have won 13 of its last 15 games vs. Orlando overall.

Draymond Green passed off 11 assists, his fifth-straight game with at least 10 assists, a career high. According to Elias, Green joins Nikola Jokic (six-games) as the only players in NBA history since the 1970-71 season to dish out 10-plus assists in five-straight games in which they started at center.

The Warriors set franchise records for threes attempted in a first quarter (18) and first half (30).

The Warriors trailed the Magic by 11 and rallied to win, their fifth double-digit comeback of the season.

Golden State’s 37 points in the third quarter were a season high.

About Daniel Gluskoter

Daniel Gluskoter is the Martinez Tribune's national music and sports editor and a Bay Area photojournalist who's work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated. He covered the 2008 Presidential campaign as a correspondent for United Press International and has travelled worldwide covering events ranging from numerous Super Bowls and Olympics to Live Aid and the Grammys.

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