SAN FRANCISCO (NWN) — Stephen Curry’s personal shooting coach and passing man, Bruce Fraser, offered up some pregame ideas that worked wonders for getting the reigning scoring champion back on track.
“We talked about some of the preparation in our shot, just some mechanics to have a little more conviction about when it was time to shoot it,” Curry said. “Just a small seed he sowed. I took it in the warmup and the rest of the game. He was very timely with those words of wisdom. “
Curry scored an NBA season-high 50 points with nine 3-pointers, 10 assists and seven rebounds, almost single-handedly leading the Golden State Warriors to the Atlanta Hawks 127-113 on Monday night.
Oh yeah, Curry sure wanted a 50-spot. And if he wasn’t counting, his teammates tended to get him there.
“It’s always good,” he said. “You never come to mind with a certain number. Just when you turn it on, you just keep going.”
Only Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain and Rick Barry recorded a game in Warriors franchise history with 50 points and 10 assists.
“When he moves like this, it’s a special day,” said teammate and brother-in-law Damian Lee.
Curry dominated for a long time and danced happily, repeatedly raising her arms in the air to encourage everyone to watch her scintillating performance.
He scored 13 points in Golden State’s first, then 10 straight in the third, before ending for Juan Toscano-Anderson’s 3-pointer, who made it 102-85 after the Warriors’ spectacular, 41-point quarter.
“It was a great performance from Steph,” said coach Steve Kerr. “… that was amazing. I have to say I’ve never seen anything like this but I’ve been watching it for seven years, so I’ve seen something like this and it’s still incredible to see.
Playing to chants of “MVP! MVP!,” Curry stunned fans, surviving 8:48 in the first run when he jammed his left shoulder. He was examined by medical staff during the Hawks timeout and could be seen nodding and shaking shoulders before cheering as he remained in the game.
Curry scored his 10th career 50-point game and already had 24 points on 7-for-12 shooting, including five 3-pointers.
“It certainly doesn’t get old,” Kerr said.
Curry scored 14 for 28 from the floor and made all 13 of his free throws as the Warriors won their fifth match in a row. They are holding the opponents to 95.8 points during the unbeaten stretch.
Hawks star Trey Young said, “The fact that Steph got multiple open looks was insane.” “He is the best shooter of all time.”
Young had 28 points and nine assists in Atlanta’s fourth consecutive loss and was sixth of seven.
Jordan Poole added 16 points for Golden State (9-1) and Andrew Wiggins 13 in the second game of back-to-back, Warriors played for the first time in consecutive nights so far this season.
The Warriors trailed 55-40 in the second, but were within 65-61 by the first halftime from their decisive third.
Hawks Coach Nate McMillan thrilled for Gary Peyton II, son of Gary Peyton, McMillan’s longtime teammate on the Seattle SuperSonics.
McMillan remembers little Peyton who is always walking around the Sonics headquarters.
“Little G. I just remember when he was running around the court with a ball and chasing his pop,” McMillan said. “To see him grow, he’s worked in this league himself and earned the right to be on the roster and he’s contributing. He’s playing great basketball.”
Hawks: The Hawks’ three-game winning streak against the Warriors was broken for the 10th time in the last 12 on the Golden State home floor and lost. … Atlanta fell 1-6 on the road and lost its last five road games. … The Hawks got 23 Warriors points due to 18 turnovers.
Warriors: Warriors assistant Mike Brown was not feeling well and did not attend the game. … Golden State are at 9-1 for the first time since starting 10-1 in 2018-19. … Veteran Andre Iguodala was back after resting his left hip against Houston on Sunday night. He played in his 1,200th career game together with LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony as the only active player on that mark. … F Otto Porter Jr. is dismissed with a left foot injury. “He’s obviously been bang on for the last few years, so that’s part of the maintenance and making sure we’re handling things the right way,” Kerr said. “He should be good to go on Wednesday, and it makes sense to give him a break tonight, but we’ll see. He’s been fine. He’s in a really good place but yeah, we’ve got to do it especially in the early part of the season.” Gotta be smart.”
Hawks: Tuesday night in Utah.
Warriors: Host the Timberwolves ahead of their tour of Chicago on Friday night to wrap up an eight-game homestand that matches a franchise record.
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