The Golden State Warriors entered American Airlines Center to face one of the hottest teams in the league*. The Dallas Mavericks trotted out their lineup littered with NBA Champions and Hall of Famers**.
Against all odds, the Warriors took the Mavericks to the wire before Stephen Curry hit the game winner over NBA legend Dirk Nowitzki. In a hostile environment, Curry prevailed with a virtuoso performance and claimed the title of Warrior Wonder.
*Ok, so the Mavericks were just 13-25 and had only won four games in a row but those were four teams with winning records.
**Dirk Nowitzki will be a Hall of Famer, so that is actually singular. Both Harrison Barnes and Nowitzki have won NBA championships.
Alright, so I stretched the truth just a little bit, but that doesn’t take away from the incredible output from Curry in just his second game back from his three week absence from the team.
Curry notched 15 points in the first frame of action and his confidence was on full display with this 30-foot-long bomb. The best part of this play is the lazy no-look hand off from Zaza Pachulia and an even lazier screen, which leads to a glorious three. If this doesn’t best demonstrate the team’s confidence in Curry, I don’t know what else would.
Playing at an MVP level
Curry has been shooting out of his mind since he returned to the lineup. He is shooting with the utmost confidence right now and it shows in his numbers. In his two games back he is averaging 35 points per game while shooting 67% from the field and a mind-boggling 61.5% from three-point range. All of this while averaging 13 three-point attempts per game over these two contests.
By comparison, he has touched that attempt mark just two other instances this season and finished 3-for-13 in both games. There are typically two types of Curry high volume three-point shooting games: 1.) He is trying to shoot himself out of a slump and 2.) He is hitting from any range and is unstoppable.
Luckily, he is experiencing the latter.
Of the 36 shots he has attempted the last two games, 72% of his shots have come from three-point range. Those numbers are so bonkers that well-known enemy of the state, Nick Wright, actually acknowledged the brilliance of Curry. His numbers were wrong, but we will excuse him this once.
Since returning from his injury, Steph is shooting approximately 148% from the field. He's been remarkable. https://t.co/MLnVy7vRZc— nick wright (@getnickwright) January 4, 2018
Coming out of a three week, 11 game absence, Curry has looked fresh and at a level that is reminiscent of his 2015-2016 MVP campaign. He is getting the shots he wants, shooting from a limitless range, and shooting with efficiency that is off the charts.
Winner winner chicken dinner
Curry dribbles the ball up court, comes off a pick from Draymond Green and squares up from three-point range. He takes a sharp hop out of his dribble and throws up a beauty in stride with the game clock winding down. Game winner and the cherry on top.
Wardell Stephen Curry II is the Warrior Wonder with a stat line of:
- 32 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, and a game-winning shot
Not to be forgotten, the rest of the starting lineup put up some excellent all-around games:
Draymond Green - 18 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists
Kevin Durant - 25 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 blocks
Klay Thompson - 25 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and this ridicuosly tough lay up that put the Warriors up 122-120:
Who is tonight’s Warriors Wonder against the Rockets?
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