OAKLAND — As was so often the case a season ago, Steph Curry spent the fourth quarter on Friday night with a towel draped over his head, relaxing on the bench and dancing in the huddle as head coach Steve Kerr drew up plays.
The Golden State Warriors’ preseason finale, which the team won 107-96 over the Portland Trail Blazers, belonged to Curry and his superstar team Kevin Durant.
“They’re both just really, really talented players and they are the last two MVPs,” Kerr said. “So, we know how lucky we are to have them both.”
Curry went for 35 points in 28 minutes, while Durant added 28 points in 30 minutes. The pair combined for 13 three pointers and 42 shots overall.
“Those aren’t set play calls,” Curry explained after the duo’s big night. “It’s just organized chaos.”
Thanks to a furious third quarter — when Durant rained in 14 points and hit four of his five threes — the Warriors were able to dig out of an early 22-6 hole to claim a comfortable win.
With Curry and Durant dominating on the offensive end, there weren’t many looks left to go around for the other half of the Big Four. Klay Thompson scored nine points, as he went 1-for-8 from beyond the arc.
Draymond Green didn’t hit a single field goal (0-for-3), but still managed to finish with the second-best plus-minus on the team (+15), thanks to his 11 rebounds and six assists.
“Draymond was great — just the emotion,” Kerr said. “The passing — he had six assists. He was all over the place defensively.”
“When Draymond and Andre [Iguodala] are out there together defensively causing havoc, it can change the game for us and I thought that’s what happened tonight.”
Ian Clark was the star of the Golden State bench. The backup guard scored 17 points in 18 minutes, going 7-for-11 from the field and 3-for-6 from three.
“I think he’s always been really talented,” Kerr said, pointing out that Clark was the MVP of the 2013 summer league title game. “He’s kind of taken it from there and he fits a really good role for us.”
“We really like Ian and he’s going to play a big role for us this year.”
Curry on the anonymous ‘coward’ comment
After Kerr and Thompson were questioned about the “coward” comment attributed to an anonymous team official earlier in the day, Curry was asked about the topic as he took the stage following the win.
“I mean, it’s hard to top what Klay said because I agree with everything,” Curry said. “You can nitpick all you want. You can chime in here and there or whatnot. At the end of the day, we’re all competitive. We’re all our own person. We’re all in this thing together.”
“So, it’s, ‘You take shots at Draymond, you take shots at the whole team’ kind of mentality. We just keep moving forward. There’s nothing that’s going to derail us. That’s basically the jist of it. Our goal is not to let anything come into that locker room that’s not from us and we do a pretty good job of it.”Golden State WarriorsKevin DurantNBASteph Curry