Steph Curry drops 47 points against Sacramento Kings to snap Golden State Warriors’ 5-game deficit




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Steph Curry scored for the ages as the Golden State Warriors needed a 116-113 win over the Sacramento Kings to end their five-game losing streak.

Curry was playing like a man with the weight of the world on his shoulders, finishing with a season-high 47 points on 17-of-24 shooting, eight rebounds, eight assists and going 7-of-12 from three-point range.

Andrew Wiggins added 25 points and 10 rebounds and Klay Thompson added 16 to help the Warriors over the line. Draymond Green was also very, very good with 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

But the night was all about Curry, who dominated from tip-toe until the final buzzer, when he made two free throws with 1.3 seconds on the clock to seal the victory.

He has sunk 53 three-pointers after 10 games, a mark surpassed only by him in the 2018/19 season.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the game, “Steph was incredible. He’s one of the greatest players of all time. He plays so well on so many nights … that felt like something special for him, too.”

Green added, “Game 4 of the NBA Finals was a big one for me. He wasn’t going to let us lose.”

While Curry was excellent, the Warriors’ early season struggles were evident, with the bench play falling short of its usual starting five brilliance.

That gap was evident against the Kings. The Warriors, after resting their four stars in the last game, took a 12-point lead after eight minutes. But after getting rid of the starters, the Kings turned the lead and ended the quarter with a two-point lead, 31-29.

That pattern would continue as the Warriors bench outscored the Kings 49-15. The Kings extended their lead in the second, outscoring the Dubs by 10 and taking a 12-point lead into halftime, but as Kerr lost faith in his bench, he kept his starters, led by Curry, clawing their way back into the game.

At the end of the third quarter, the Warriors still had a nine-point lead, but Curry took it to the next level.

He scored 17 points in the final quarter and, with the Warriors up one late, hit two clutch free throws to kill the game.

Curry became the eighth 30-pointer in 10 games this year, matching the franchise mark of Warriors greats Wilt Chamberlain and Rick Barry, and Curry’s 32.6 points per game average would be the highest of his career so far.

After the game, Curry said, “That’s the story of this team. As a veterinarian, you understand that every year is a little different and you are ready for that challenge. Trying to find these young guys in this league and in a specific role, it’s a challenge.”

And that’s Kerr’s challenge, getting the most out of young talent around seasoned vets.

With injuries to Green and Thompson, the Warriors will need to get more from their bench as the season progresses. But if this performance is what it takes, maybe all the Dubs need is Curry.