Stephen Curry has been hilariously good in the four games since he’s returned from a month-long ankle injury, and Saturday was no different in the Warriors’ 121-105 win over the Clippers.
Curry scored 45 points, which is an unreal point total for anyone, but even more impressively, he did it all in just 30 minutes. According to Basketball Reference, that’s been done just four times before since 1963 — one of those times was by Curry and another by his teammate, Klay Thompson.
Stephen Curry is now up to a season-high 43 points today #NBAVote pic.twitter.com/PzimGcesvR— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) January 6, 2018
The 30-minute cap is new, but his high-scoring through three quarters is not.
Stephen Curry had 45 points in the first 3 quarters against the Clippers today. It's the 10th time @StephenCurry30 had 40 or more through 3 quarters in the last 5 seasons, 2 more than the next-closest player. pic.twitter.com/gVAWc5aByA— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 6, 2018
In the last four games, Curry is averaging 36 points, made 45-of-77 (58 percent) shots and 28-of-52 (54 percent) threes. Folks, he’s back and still good, carrying the team while Kevin Durant is out.
No other Golden State player scored more than 11 points on Saturday, and it didn’t matter. The team assisted on 31 out of 39 made baskets, like the Warriors of old. With the Rockets slipping, it’s clear the Western Conference No. 1 seed is all theirs.
No-calls plagued the final seconds of the Celtics vs. Nets game
Jayson Tatum dunked and hit a three-pointer that won the game for the Celtics, 87-85.
Oh my lawd this kid Jayson Tatum is unreal. Huge dunk and 3 with game on the line. pic.twitter.com/3QUU1tAPsi— Pettywise (@World_Wide_Wob) January 7, 2018
But the game’s final six seconds weren’t without controversy.
As many as four uncalled fouls can be seen on the Nets’ final offensive possession, which finished with a pair of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson misses.
Chaos.— Pettywise (@World_Wide_Wob) January 7, 2018
Celtics win thriller, carnage everywhere, Demarre Carroll carried off floor. pic.twitter.com/4vWiXpb6nZ
Even worse, DeMarre Carroll had to be helped off the floor after the final buzzer. He appeared to injure his knee in what could be a serious injury.
Victor Oladipo is BACK
After missing four games to a knee injury, Victor Oladipo returned to help the Pacers demolish the Bulls, 125-86. Oladipo went off for 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting, and had all FIVE of his steals in the FIRST quarter. He also had nine assists and six rebounds.
9 points from Vic in the 1st quarter.— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) January 7, 2018
Tune in to the game on @FSIndiana and FOX Sports GO: https://t.co/4QTKdYBiVo pic.twitter.com/mohK51Yqfq
He looks the part of an All-Star!
Dwyane Wade made a fan’s night
A young fan wearing a @DwyaneWade jersey held up a sign saying he was there thanks to a Christmas wish come true. Wade signaled for the fan to come courtside, autographed the sign, posed for photos, gave him a hug and gave him his sneakers. And the fan broke out in tears.— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 7, 2018
January 7, 2018
- Blake Griffin suffered a concussion after JaVale McGee elbowed him in the forehead
- The Magic’s dragon mascot backflipped off a ladder into a bouncy house
- The final 6 seconds of Nets vs. Celtics were whistle-less chaos
- Matthew Dellavedova was ejected after clotheslining Bradley Beal
Warriors 121, Clippers 105 (Golden State of Mind recap | Clips Nation recap)
Celtics 87, Nets 85 (Celtics Blog recap | Nets Daily recap)
Pistons 108, Rockets 101 (Detroit Bad Boys recap | The Dream Shake recap)
Pacers 125, Bulls 86 (Indy Cornrows recap | Blog-a-Bull recap)
Cavaliers 131, Magic 127 (Fear the Sword recap | Orlando Pinstriped Post recap)
Bucks 110, Wizards 103 (Brew Hoop recap | Bullets Forever recap)
Timberwolves 116, Pelicans 98 (Canis Hoopus recap | The Bird Writes recap)
Kings 106, Nuggets 98 (Sactown Royalty recap | Denver Stiffs recap)