Stephen Curry secured his dominance over his hometown team Monday as the Golden State Warriors stretched their home-winning streak to 35 straight with a 111-101 win over the Charlotte Hornets.
Curry scored 30 points in 31 minutes of playing time after having his previous outing cut short because of a recurring left calf injury.
“I was just trying to go as hard as I could and not feel pain on any of the moves that I made,” Curry said.
Curry went to Charlotte Christian high school and his father Dell Curry works as a colour commentator on the Hornets’ broadcasts.
Reigning league MVP Curry, who appeared unlikely to play earlier in the day, sank 12-of-21 from the field.
“Nothing surprises me with him,” Warriors interim coach Luke Walton said of Curry. “If he’s going to play, then I’m never surprised he’s going to score 30 points.”
The Warriors used an explosive third quarter to pull away from the Hornets with the help of Klay Thompson who nailed two clutch baskets to spark an 18-4 surge that put them in command for good.
Draymond Green posted his seventh triple-double of the season with 13 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists for the Warriors, who have struggled to close out games recently.
Golden State’s home win streak now stands at 35, including 17 this season as they moved a step closer to Chicago’s record 44-game win streak from 1995-96. They have the fifth longest home win streak in NBA history.
Seeking to avoid getting swept in the two-game season series for the second year in a row, the Hornets clung within 66-65 in the fourth minute of the third quarter after an 11-4 run to begin the second half.
Thompson answered with 16- and 28-footers, the latter a three-pointer. He finished with 30 points, a majority of which came on six-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc as the game turned into a long-distance shooting contest which played into the Warriors’ hands.
Centre Marreese Speights recorded a season-high with 15 points and forward Harrison Barnes, playing for the first time since suffering an ankle injury on November 27, tallied eight points in 18 minutes.
Point guard Kemba Walker and backup guard Jeremy Lamb had 22 points apiece for the Hornets, who were playing without starting centre Al Jefferson (knee injury) and shooting guard Nicolas Batum (toe).
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