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Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson rarely score little, but when they do, Warriors’ wins are even rarer

2016 NBA Finals - Game One

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 02: Stephen Curry #30 gives teammate Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors a five in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 2, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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In the Warriors’ 121 games since last year’s playoffs began, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 20 or fewer points just thrice:


  • A December loss to the Mavericks, which Curry missed due to a leg injury. Thompson scored just 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting.
  • Golden State’s Game 3 loss to the Rockets in this year’s first round. Though he averaged 32 points in the other five games Curry missed with his knee injury, Thompson scored just 17 in this dud.
  • Game 1 of the Finals last night

Curry (11 points on 4-of-15 shooting) and Thompson (nine points on 4-of-12 shooting) were let off the hook by the Warriors’ bench, which came up big in 104-89 win.

It’s been more than two years since Curry and Thompson scored so little in a game they both played. Even when one was out, the other usually picked up the slack.

Here’s the combined scoring output of the Splash Brothers in each Golden State game since the start of last season’s playoffs, Curry in yellow and Thompson in blue:

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GameStephen CurryKlay ThompsonTotal
April 18, 2015: 106-99 W vs. NOP342155
April 20, 2015: 97-87 W vs. NOP222648
April 23, 2015: 123-119 (OT) W at NOP402868
April 25, 2015: 109-98 W at NOP392564
May 3, 2015: 101-86 W vs. MEM221840
May 5, 2015: 90-97 L vs. MEM191332
May 9, 2015: 89-99 L at MEM232043
May 11, 2015: 101-84 W at MEM331548
May 13, 2015: 98-78 W vs. MEM182139
May 15, 2015: 108-95 W at MEM322052
May 19, 2015: 110-106 W vs. HOU341549
May 21, 2015: 99-98 W vs. HOU331346
May 23, 2015: 115-80 W at HOU401757
May 25, 2015: 115-128 L at HOU232447
May 27, 2015: 104-90 W vs. HOU262046
June 4, 2015: 108-100 (OT) W vs. CLE262147
June 7, 2015: 93-95 (OT) L vs. CLE193453
June 9, 2015: 91-96 L at CLE271441
June 11, 2015: 103-82 W at CLE22931
June 14, 2015: 104-91 W vs. CLE371249
June 16, 2015: 105-97 W at CLE25530
October 27, 2015: 111-95 W vs. NOP40949
October 30, 2015: 112-92 W at HOU251136
October 31, 2015: 134-120 W at NOP531972
November 2, 2015: 119-69 W vs. MEM301444
November 4, 2015: 112-108 W vs. LAC311647
November 6, 2015: 119-104 W vs. DEN341852
November 7, 2015: 103-94 W at SAC241842
November 9, 2015: 109-95 W vs. DET222446
November 11, 2015: 100-84 W at MEM28836
November 12, 2015: 129-116 W at MIN461561
November 14, 2015: 107-99 (OT) W vs. BRK34034
November 17, 2015: 115-110 W vs. TOR371956
November 19, 2015: 124-117 W at LAC402565
November 20, 2015: 106-94 W vs. CHI271542
November 22, 2015: 118-105 W at DEN192140
November 24, 2015: 111-77 W vs. LAL241135
November 27, 2015: 135-116 W at PHO411556
November 28, 2015: 120-101 W vs. SAC191534
November 30, 2015: 106-103 W at UTA262046
December 2, 2015: 116-99 W at CHO402161
December 5, 2015: 112-109 W at TOR442670
December 6, 2015: 114-98 W at BRK282149
December 8, 2015: 131-123 W at IND293968
December 11, 2015: 124-119 (2OT) W at BOS38038
December 12, 2015: 95-108 L at MIL281240
December 16, 2015: 128-103 W vs. PHO254368
December 18, 2015: 121-112 W vs. MIL262753
December 23, 2015: 103-85 W vs. UTA162036
December 25, 2015: 89-83 W vs. CLE191837
December 28, 2015: 122-103 W vs. SAC232952
December 30, 2015: 91-114 L at DAL01010
December 31, 2015: 114-110 W at HOU03838
January 2, 2016: 111-108 (OT) W vs. DEN52631
January 4, 2016: 111-101 W vs. CHO303060
January 5, 2016: 109-88 W at LAL173653
January 8, 2016: 128-108 W at POR263662
January 9, 2016: 128-116 W at SAC381553
January 11, 2016: 111-103 W vs. MIA311748
January 13, 2016: 110-112 L at DEN381755
January 14, 2016: 116-98 W vs. LAL261238
January 16, 2016: 95-113 L at DET382462
January 18, 2016: 132-98 W at CLE351550
January 20, 2016: 125-94 W at CHI252045
January 22, 2016: 122-110 W vs. IND391857
January 25, 2016: 120-90 W vs. SAS371148
January 27, 2016: 127-107 W vs. DAL144559
January 30, 2016: 108-105 W at PHI233255
January 31, 2016: 116-95 W at NYK133447
February 3, 2016: 134-121 W at WAS512475
February 6, 2016: 116-108 W vs. OKC261844
February 9, 2016: 123-110 W vs. HOU351348
February 10, 2016: 112-104 W at PHO262450
February 19, 2016: 105-137 L at POR312354
February 20, 2016: 115-112 W at LAC233255
February 22, 2016: 102-92 W at ATL362763
February 24, 2016: 118-112 W at MIA423375
February 25, 2016: 130-114 W at ORL51960
February 27, 2016: 121-118 (OT) W at OKC463278
March 1, 2016: 109-105 (OT) W vs. ATL02626
March 3, 2016: 121-106 W vs. OKC332154
March 6, 2016: 95-112 L at LAL181533
March 7, 2016: 119-113 W vs. ORL412768
March 9, 2016: 115-94 W vs. UTA122335
March 11, 2016: 128-112 W vs. POR343771
March 12, 2016: 123-116 W vs. PHO352055
March 14, 2016: 125-107 W vs. NOP271845
March 16, 2016: 121-85 W vs. NYK341953
March 18, 2016: 130-112 W at DAL313970
March 19, 2016: 79-87 L at SAS141529
March 21, 2016: 109-104 W at MIN191736
March 23, 2016: 114-98 W vs. LAC333265
March 25, 2016: 128-120 W vs. DAL334073
March 27, 2016: 117-105 W vs. PHI204060
March 29, 2016: 102-94 W vs. WAS261642
March 30, 2016: 103-96 (OT) W at UTA311849
April 1, 2016: 106-109 L vs. BOS291544
April 3, 2016: 136-111 W vs. POR392160
April 5, 2016: 117-124 (OT) L vs. MIN212849
April 7, 2016: 112-101 W vs. SAS271441
April 9, 2016: 100-99 W at MEM172037
April 10, 2016: 92-86 W at SAS371451
April 13, 2016: 125-104 W vs. MEM461662
April 16, 2016: 104-78 W vs. HOU241640
April 18, 2016: 115-106 W vs. HOU03434
April 21, 2016: 96-97 L at HOU01717
April 24, 2016: 121-94 W at HOU62329
April 27, 2016: 114-81 W vs. HOU02727
May 1, 2016: 118-106 W vs. POR03737
May 3, 2016: 110-99 W vs. POR02727
May 7, 2016: 108-120 L at POR03535
May 9, 2016: 132-125 (OT) W at POR402363
May 11, 2016: 125-121 W vs. POR293362
May 16, 2016: 102-108 L vs. OKC262551
May 18, 2016: 118-91 W vs. OKC281543
May 22, 2016: 105-133 L at OKC241842
May 24, 2016: 94-118 L at OKC192645
May 26, 2016: 120-111 W vs. OKC312758
May 28, 2016: 108-101 W at OKC314172
May 30, 2016: 96-88 W vs. OKC362157
June 2, 2016: 104-89 W vs. CLE11920

Credit Cleveland’s defense for locking in on Curry and Thompson, but the guards shot 3-for-11 on attempts NBA.com deems open or wide open. No matter what the Cavs think, that doesn’t seem sustainable. Over the long run, those will fall for such talented shooters.

But reaction doesn’t come over the long run. Two score-first All-Stars scoring this little on the biggest stage? That usually draws tremendous criticism.

This was one heck of an off game by Curry and Thompson. They just picked the right night for it.