The Good: Stephen Curry catches fire in the fourth
In back-to-back games now, Stephen Curry’s late-game heroics have pushed the Warriors past the finish line. After 41 points against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center on Friday, Golden State needed every one of the two-time MVP’s 14 fourth-quarter points on Sunday.
From the tip, the Rockets (and in particular Dillon Brooks) made it a point to be extra physical with Curry, and he struggled to find his footing as a result, scoring only six points in the first-half.
He did well to impact the game in other ways, collecting seven rebounds and six assists while competing hard on the defensive end of the floor. But as the Warriors’ offense drifted into stagnation down the stretch, it became clear that they needed a spark — and Curry answered the call.
In a sight that Rockets fans are all too familiar with, Curry caught fire in the final frame, going on a personal 9-0 run down the stretch to extend the Warrior lead to eleven with just over three minutes to play.
Curry finished with 24 points on 63.4% true shooting, including 42.9% from behind the arc (6-of-14), and 100% from the charity stripe (6-of-6).