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Warrior Wonder: For old times’ sake, Stephen Curry drops 40 points on the Cleveland Cavaliers

Curry used the Cavaliers’ final visit to Oracle Arena to remind that franchise and their fans of his greatness while putting the Warriors one game away from clinching the top spot in the West.

Cleveland Cavaliers v Golden State Warriors Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Over the past few seasons, games between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors have been must-watch affairs. Seeing LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry, and Kevin Durant square off was appointment viewing for any NBA fan and the regular season meetings between the two teams served as a preview of what one could expect in the NBA Finals. With James and Irving now playing for different teams and the Cavaliers once again destined for the NBA Draft Lottery, Friday night’s game didn’t generate the same excitement as the previous meetings.

But Curry played as well as he did in those earlier championship-deciding battles with the Cavaliers, scoring 40 points while leading the Warriors to a win over the Cavaliers in that team’s final visit to Oracle Arena, a win that left the Warriors’ magic number to clinch the top spot in the Western Conference at just one game.

The importance of a good start

Curry was clearly looking to quickly put Thursday night’s subpar game against the Los Angeles Lakers behind him. Curry started out Friday night’s like a man on a mission, scoring 18 points in the first quarter, including 4 points came on this play where Curry knocks down the three-pointer while getting fouled by the Cavaliers’ Brandon Knight.

The Warriors raced out to a ten-point lead after the game’s first 12 minutes and Curry’s blazing-hot start was a major part of that early advantage.

Helping his teammates score

Curry did an exemplary job of getting the ball to his teammates, creating good looks for them and helping the Warriors’ offense to keep rolling for much of Friday night’s game. Curry finished the win over the Cavaliers with 7 assists.

Curry picked up one on this play. As he drives to the basket, you see the Cavaliers’ defense collapsing around him. Rather than forcing up the shot, Curry sees the open man (in this instance Jonas Jerebko) and passes the ball to him for the open three-pointer.

Curry had two assists in the second quarter as the Warriors pushed their lead to 19 points as the teams went into the locker room for halftime.

A third-quarter flurry and a clutch fourth-quarter shot seals the win

While one cannot limit Curry’s contributions to just scoring (specifically scoring from beyond the arc), it was what he did best in the win over the Cavaliers. After going 1/9 from beyond the arc against the Lakers, Curry went 9/12 from three-point range in Friday night’s win.

Curry brought out another of his greatest hits in this game—the third-quarter Curry flurry. Curry scored 12 points in the third while going 34 from three-point range. One of those three-point makes came off a Kevin-Durant pass and right in the face of the Cavaliers’ rookie point guard, Collin Sexton.

Though they led by as many as 21 points in this game, the Warriors took their foot off the gas pedal in the fourth quarter and allowed the Cavaliers to erase that big lead.

The Cavaliers trailed the Warriors by just three points with two minutes left to go in the game before Curry knocked down his final three-pointer of the night that effectively ended the game.

Curry finished Friday night’s win over the Cavaliers with 40 points along with the aforementioned 7 assists and 6 rebounds. Those 40 points were the most Curry has scored in one game since a January 31st loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

For those reasons, I believe that Stephen Curry is your Warrior Wonder for this win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Warrior Wonder: Stephen Curry

Poll

Who was your Warrior Wonder for Friday night’s win over the Cleveland Cavaliers?

This poll is closed

  • 86%
    Stephen Curry
    (145 votes)
  • 1%
    Kevin Durant
    (2 votes)
  • 4%
    Draymond Green
    (7 votes)
  • 1%
    Klay Thompson
    (2 votes)
  • 1%
    Andrew Bogut
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Shaun Livingston
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Alfonzo McKinnie
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Quinn Cook
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Jonas Jerebko
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Kevon Looney
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Jordan Bell
    (3 votes)
  • 1%
    Damion Lee
    (3 votes)
167 votes total Vote Now

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