Steph Curry returns, goes absolutely crazy from deep in win over Grizzlies
WHAT A RETURN
OAKLAND -- Stephen Curry returned to the lineup Saturday, and the Warriors immediately transformed into a scoring machine at Oracle Arena.
Their 141-128 victory over Memphis was shaken, stirred and driven by Curry, who poured in a game-high 38 points in his first appearance since Dec. 4.
Klay Thompson totaled 21 points, Kevin Durant had 20, Zaza Pachulia 17 and Jordan Bell 11 as the Warriors (29-8) shot 58.8 percent from the field, and a season-high 54.5 percent beyond the arc.
The Warriors committed only 10 turnovers, tying their season-low.
Curry, without challenge.
Curry’s line: 38 points (13-of-17 shooting from the field, including 10-of-13 from deep, 2-of-2 from the line), four rebounds and three assists. He played 26 minutes and finished a game-best plus-24.
Curry’s 10 3-pointers represent a season-high and is the ninth game of his career with at least 10 triples.
After a Marc Gasol jumper brought the Grizzlies within two, 57-55, with 5:45 left in the second quarter, the Warriors responded with a 17-6 run, taking a 74-61 lead a Curry triple with 2:09 left in the half.
The Warriors led by as much as 21 in the second half, with the Grizzlies getting no closer than seven (94-87, 5:31 left in the third quarter).
Warriors: F Omri Casspi (R ankle sprain), G Stephen Curry (R ankle sprain), F Andre Iguodala (L knee soreness) and G Klay Thompson (low back tightness) were listed as probable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.
Grizzlies: F Brandan Wright (L quad strain) was listed as probable and upgraded to available. F JaMychal Green (R knee soreness) was listed as questionable and upgraded to available. F Wayne Selden Jr. (R quad tendinopathy) was listed as questionable and downgraded to out. G Mike Conley (L Achilles soreness) and F Chandler Parsons (R knee soreness) were listed as out.
Draymond Green was slapped with two technical fouls -- the first by Tre Maddox, the second by Nick Buchert -- within 47 seconds in the second quarter, prompting an automatic ejection with 9:45 left in the half.
That puts Green’s technical foul count this season at 10, which through 37 games leads all players.
Durant, who has been assessed with eight technical fouls, is in second place, just ahead of Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins, Wizards forward Markieff Morris and Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, each of whom has seven.
The Warriors return to action on Wednesday, when they face the Mavericks at American Airlines Center in Dallas. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4:30, with tipoff scheduled for 5:35.