OAKLAND — Less than four minutes into the Golden State Warriors’ 139-115 dismantling of the Washington Wizards on Sunday night, Stephen Curry had the ball some 24 feet from the hoop and found himself staring down Marcin Gortat on a defensive switch gone terribly wrong for the Polish center.
As Gortat lunged into the air, Curry jabbed hard to his right, leading the big man to land with his back to the Splash Brother before proceeding to spin all the way around, flailing toward the basket like a slow, hopeless top.
Curry’s triple — his third of the opening stanza — was a harbinger of what was to come. The back-to-back MVP hit nine long-range efforts against the Wizards on his way to producing his second season with at least 300 3-pointers. No other player in league history has even reached that mark once.
“He’s humble and cocky at the same time, which is why we like him,” head coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s a very humble, modest human being which the guys respect and he’s an arrogant basketball player which is what you need to be a superstar.”
“He’s a pretty powerful force,” Kerr added.
The triumph pushes the Dubs’ current win streak to 11, with the last five coming against teams positioned to make the postseason.
“We want to bottle this up and keep adding pennies to the jar as we go down the stretch of the season,” Curry said.
On a night when Curry connected on 15-of-22 field goals — including 9-of-14 from beyond the arc — he rained in 15 of his 42 points in the third quarter as the Warriors produced yet another resounding start to the second half.
The club commanded a 106-88 advantage entering the final 12 minutes of play, but the Wizards refused to wilt. The guests cut the deficit to nine points — 116-107 — with just over five minutes left on the clock, even as Curry had returned from his customary half-quarter rest.
The Wizards never got closer than that thanks to the star of the night, who drained his ninth and final 3-pointer and Shaun Livingston, who provided a couple of key buckets late in the contest. The backup point guard ended his outing with 17 points in 20 minutes, making eight of 10 shots from the field.
“Shaun’s in a good groove and we kind of changed his rotation a little bit a couple of weeks ago,” Kerr said. “And he’s responded really well.”
Courtesy of a 3-pointer inside the final minute of the fourth, Draymond Green tallied a triple double. The Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner hauled in 12 boards, dished out 13 assists and went for 11 points. The triple double was Green’s ninth of his regular-season career, placing him second in that department on the franchise’s all-time leaderboard.