SAN FRANCISCO — Stephen Curry raised his arms, waved to acknowledge the adoring followers as shot after shot dropped by way of the online and screamed in celebration — no trash about it.
Curry hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 56.8 seconds remaining to comply with up a 30-footer lower than a minute earlier, and he relished each little bit of his 45-point dwelling opener that lifted the Golden State Warriors over the Los Angeles Clippers 115-113 on Thursday night time.
Curry bounced again from a sub-par outing within the season opener by his excessive requirements.
“I never worry about my shot. Ever,” he mentioned.
The reigning NBA scoring champion even secured a key rebound with 36 seconds left earlier than calmly changing a pair of free throws with lower than 5 seconds left, scoring eight factors over the ultimate 1:54.
Fans cheered Curry properly after the sport ended till he lastly disappeared down the tunnel.
“Steph Curry was just Steph Curry, there’s never been anybody like him,” coach Steve Kerr mentioned. “Those last two 3s were ridiculous. … I’m still blown away.”
Chants of “MVP!” started late within the first quarter, and by the point the buzzer sounded to complete the preliminary interval, Curry already had topped his whole from two nights earlier with 25 factors on 9-of-9 capturing and 5 3-pointers as Golden State constructed a 44-27 lead.
“I don’t know if I’ve had a perfect start like that before, but it was just a good flow from the jump,” Curry mentioned.
Curry wound up 16 of 25 from the ground and eight for 13 from deep with 10 rebounds.
On Tuesday, the two-time MVP shot simply 5 for 21 — making 2 of 8 3s — on the best way to 21 factors in a highway win in opposition to the Lakers on Tuesday night time in a efficiency that he referred to as “trash.”
Curry corrected himself Thursday: “I should have just said I shot the ball like trash and still found a way to try to impact the game.”
“You know Steph, when he has a poor shooting night, he’s always coming back strong,” Kerr mentioned.
Damion Lee hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 5:55 remaining and scored 11 factors off the bench whereas Andrew Wiggins added 17 factors and 6 rebounds.
Paul George had 29 factors, 11 rebounds and 6 assists within the Clippers’ season opener, and Eric Bledsoe scored 22 factors. Los Angeles fought again from a 19-point deficit within the second quarter to take a 67-66 lead into halftime whereas capitalizing on Warriors’ turnovers.
The 33-year-old Curry, who earlier within the day was named one of many prime 75 NBA gamers of all time, dazzled within the first dwelling sport of his thirteenth NBA season after taking the mic earlier than tipoff and thanking the followers for his or her assist and persistence by way of the coronavirus pandemic and welcoming them again to Chase Center.
He returned with 7:43 left within the second, made one other jumper and eventually missed a 3-point attempt on the 4:55 mark.
“This is going to be a great, great season back in Chase Center,” Curry instructed the gang earlier than tipoff, including, “Can’t wait to welcome Klay Thompson back.”
Draymond Green exited within the third and headed to the locker room with a proper wrist harm having missed six of seven free throws however later returned.
“He responded beautifully,” Kerr mentioned.
This is a brand new starting of kinds for the Warriors, who misplaced within the play-in sport to Memphis, given they lastly have followers again firstly of a season. The sellout crowd marked the primary regular-season sport at full capability since March 2020.
“Two years ago was such a bizarre season with all the injuries and the brand-new venue. It did seem strange,” Kerr mentioned. “Last year the whole world was strange. It does feel like a fresh start.”