Stephen Curry and the Warriors are issuing a “Taken” warning to the rest of the NBA: “Good luck.”
After setting a career-high for points in a single quarter against the Pelicans on Halloween, Curry shredded the Grizzlies for 30 points Monday night, 21 of which came in a scintillating third quarter.
Curry’s most fun play of the night? This awesome bounce pass to James Michael McAdoo.
The Warriors swallowed the Grizzlies, spit them out and stepped on them, winning by a final of 119-69. That’s 50 points. 5-0. Against a playoff team known for its defense.
All 13 Golden State players that entered the game scored at least two points. On the plus-minus scale, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson led the way at plus-41, while Memphis guard Courtney Lee finished at a whopping minus-44. The Warriors may have ruined the Grizzlies’ team stats for the entire season in one game.
As for Curry, he has scored the most points through the first four games of a season (148) since Michael Jordan (156) during the Bulls’ 1991-92 championship run, per GSW Stats. He also has more 20-point quarters (three) than the rest of the NBA combined (one). Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum scored 24 points in a quarter last week against the Pelicans.
All of that is a fancy way of saying Curry is focused on leading the defending champions back to the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Think you can find a team out there to play Liam Neeson? Good luck.