EThere is such a sense of dominance with which Stephen Curry is playing this season that it seems that he decides the games when he feels like it. Against the Clippers, he thought the moment was midway through the fourth quarter. Three consecutive triples scored in 1:36 minutes (the last two in just 23 seconds) and a game over: 77-95.
It was a new recital from the Warriors star who finished with 33 points and 7/12 from the arc to give his team the seventh consecutive victory and the fourteenth in the last 15 games. Only the Suns can keep up with the devilish pace of the NBA leaders. And they have great credit for doing it. Golden State is already 18-2.
Curry, like his team, went from low to high. In a first quarter of scoring, the Clippers had a seven-point lead (19-12) after a 12-2 run. Curry had scored the first and the last basket for his team in that period. Two triples that anticipated another magical night. Marcus Morris, with nine points, led the locals, who closed the act up: 24-20.
But at halftime the Warriors were already leading 42-44. They had benefited from their rival’s many losses: 12 at intermission and 24 at the finish. Curry already had 13 points and was adept at stealing balls. At that time there were five, but he ended up with six, one of his top in the NBA. Decisive on both sides of the track. What was missing.
A 2-11 run put Golden State 11 up in the third quarter (44-55), but the Clippers, with a more toned Paul George (30 points but eight losses), responded to get two (54-56) . This time Curry had the help of Jordan Poole, whose streaks of success are also devastating. I finished with 17 points and four triples. Before the fourth quarter, the score was 68-75.
And then came the sentence. The Warriors were opening the gap and a sensational entry to the basket by Juan Toscano made it 70-84 with 7:48 remaining. Then Curry put the dynamite with three triples, each one of a color, that made the game explode until 77-95 with 5:20 left to play. One after the other: one, two and three. It’s that easy Curry solves the matches.