Stephen Curry continued his torrid start by scoring 35 points on 11-of-26 shooting from the field, including 7-of-15 from beyond the arc. This was his seventh straight game with at least five three’s made…that’s the new NBA record, folks.
Stephen Curry has a new NBA record, hitting at least five three-pointers for the seventh-straight game. The previous record of six-straight games with at least five threes was set by George McCloud during the 1995-96 season.
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) October 28, 2018
But he didn’t carve up Brooklyn’s alone, #strengthinnumbers. Kevin Durant continued to put up MVP numbers, dropping 34 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists. Draymond Green stuffed the stat sheet with 8 points, 13 assists, 5 steals, and only 1 turnover. Klay Thompson continued to struggle from deep, making only one of his five three-pointers. But, he was accurate from the mid range, finishing with 18 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the field.
Curry was electric early, scoring 16 of the champs 32 first quarter points. A vocal pro-Dubs contingent in the Brooklyn crowd broke out into a “Steph-enn Curr-reee” chant as the red-hot point guard shot free throws. Kerr emphasized the bench early on, with six different players playing at least 6 minutes in the first half.
Jordan Bell had a particularly heady play late in the second quarter, rebounding an errant Green three-pointer, quickly passing to a wide open Durant beyond the arc, and immediately turning to set a screen on the nearest defender as KD drilled the bucket. It reminded me of an offensive lineman setting a block to open a lane for a running back to score. Beautiful!
Curry finished the half with 24 points, knocking down 5-of-8 treys. Durant had 14 points while Thompson and Green chipped in 9 and 8 points respectively. The four all-stars took turns picking apart the hapless Nets’ defense, guiding the Warriors to shoot 56% from the field after two quarters.
The Nets lived up to their three-point jacking reputation, firing up 20 attempts and making 9 by the half. Unfortunately for them, the Warriors suffocated them into 41% shooting going into the break. Brooklyn shooting guard Carys Levert clearly had the coach’s green light, dribbling the air out of the ball on his way to making half of his ten shots early on. He was pretty much the only offensive threat that the Warriors seemed mildly worried about at the time.
Warriors 63, Nets 49
In the third quarter, my phone started lighting up from friends praising Alfonzo McKinnie. Moments later when I saw The Athletic’s Anthony Slater tweet out some praise for the youngster, I could feel the buzz growing.
Alfonzo McKinnie with a block at the rim on one end, a falling floater on the other. Nine more solid minutes from him tonight. Great find by the Warriors front office.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 28, 2018
McKinnie has strong instincts on where to be on the floor, and he has no fear of pulling the trigger on open shots.
But the Nets refused to go quietly into the
night late afternoon, knocking down seven of their first nine attempts in the fourth quarter from beyond the arc. That hot shooting from three-point land helped reduce a sixteen point fourth quarter Warriors lead to TWO with two minutes left.
Brooklyn finished the game making 20 of their 42 three-pointers, an astounding 48%. They outscored the champs 37-27 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough. This is the second game the Warriors have won this year against a team going BONKERS beyond the arc (the other was against Utah).
D’Angelo Russell led the Nets in scoring with 25 points, and made 5-of-8 of his triples.
The champs head to Chicago tomorrow for the second half of a road back-to-back. The game’s at 5PM, and it will be the final game of the road trip.