OAKLAND — Midway through the third quarter on Saturday night, a wide-open Steph Curry caught a pass from Draymond Green, as he spotted up at the 3-point line.
Even before his 26-footer sailed into the net, the reigning MVP had already seamlessly transitioned his follow through into a bow.
“That wasn’t a celebration,” Curry explained after the Golden State Warriors crushed the Phoenix Suns, 138-109. “That was me — I thought it was short — trying to get a little body English to get it in.”
Two nights after Curry and Klay Thompson combined to go 7-for-26 from three-point land in a double-overtime loss to the Houston Rockets, the Splash Brothers were locked in from downtown.
Thompson hit each of his first six shoots from beyond the arc, finishing the night 6-for-7 from distance, as he totaled 26 points. Curry, who led the Dubs with 31 points, was 5-for-7 from three-point range, as Golden State shot 67 percent (14-for-21) on the game.
“Any time you shoot 67 percent from three and score 138 points, it’s a good night,” Thompson said.
The Warriors have now beat the Suns on three occasions this season and ten times in a row. The team has won 106 consecutive games without losing back-to-back games. After the beatdown of the Suns, Green was asked if he could remember the last time the Dubs lost back-to-back — during the regular season.
“Regular season? Shit. [That was] three in a row,” Green said, referring to last summer’s Finals’ collapse.
Against Phoenix, Green had five rebounds, nine points and 13 assists. Kevin Durant added eight assists, as the Warriors’ forwards combined for 21. Durant also tallied 20 points — even though he shot just seven times.
“This guy is amazing,” head coach Steve Kerr said. “His efficiency is just off the charts.”
“Kevin just takes so much joy in other people doing well,” Kerr added. “He’s so talented that he can get his points without even really having to try that hard — meaning, not effort wise, but trying to score. It just happens for him. He falls out of bed and gets 20. That’s like no big deal.”
Javale McGee, who was the second Warrior off the bench after Andre Iguodala, produced yet another member showing. The reserve center, who promptly threw down one of his trademark lobs upon entering the game, went for 11 points and grabbed two boards in 12 minutes.
In the third quarter, McGee drew laughter from the crowd — and his teammates on the bench — when he attempted to in bounds the pass after the Warriors had scored. With a smile on his face, McGee saluted the crowd as he ran down the court following the mental lapse.
“We all make mistakes. I’ve made plenty in my career,” Thompson said. We keep it light hearted around here. So, it’s all right, man. It’s not a big deal. We’ll probably make fun of him in the film session tomorrow, but Javale played a great game tonight.” Golden State WarriorsKlay ThompsonNBASteph Curry