Steph Curry followed some old advice from Kent Bazemore in the Warriors' 120-112 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday at Chase Center.
Curry was ice cold through the first three quarters, making just 5-of-18 shots before the fourth quarter. But the two-time NBA MVP showed up when it mattered most, scoring 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and overtime while taking Bazemore's wisdom to heart.
"My rookie year (in 2012-13) I used to tell him, 'The percentages always catch up,' " Bazemore told Warriors TV broadcasters Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike after the win. "But he's been shooting lights out all season, and that last [stretch] of this game, he really turned it on for us and took the iso there late to put us up six, and kind of seal the deal."
Curry, who entered the night shooting 58.3 percent from the field, 49.5 percent from beyond the arc and 95.6 percent from the free-throw line this month, regressed to the mean in a major way. He shot 3-of-5 on 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and overtime, and scored or assisted on each of the Warriors' final 11 points.
Including the dagger Bazemore mentioned.
"It's just a credit to Steph instilling confidence in his teammates," Bazemore said of the Warriors coming back from down as many as 14 points in the fourth quarter. "He's the best player in the game right now. I was telling him all night he's the best shooter on the planet, and the pass he made to [Andrew Wiggins] in the corner (to put the Warriors up six points with 40.1 seconds left in overtime) shows he's gonna believe in his teammates. When you've got a guy like that that's just putting a battery in your back, you feel like the world's at your feet."
Bazemore played with plenty of belief Wednesday, scoring a season-high -- and team-leading -- 26 points (on 10-of-19 shooting) off the bench. He credited Curry as the source of that conviction, and Curry gave an insight into why after Bazemore completed his interview with Fitzgerald and Azubuike.
Curry channeled Bazemore's signature celebration before the two returned to the Warriors' locker room.