Golden State Warriors Thrive When Stephen Curry Shines

By John Raffel
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Stephen Curry is playing excellent basketball and it couldn’t have come at a better time for the Golden State Warriors.

In Wednesday’s 104-97 victory over the Detroit Pistons, Curry was the man with 22 points and 10 assists. It marked the fourth straight game that Curry had 20 points and 10 assists, or better.

For the Warriors, who are 11-7, it wasn’t a bad way to open a seven-game road swing.

But coach Mark Jackson couldn’t stop talking about Curry.

“I’m sure he had some great performances but what I love right now is he is in total control out there on the floor,” Jackson said. “When things get crazy there is no need for me to call a timeout because I feel comfortable with his ability to run this basketball team.”

Klay Thompson had a season-high 27 points, plus five 3-pointers in a big third quarter for the Warriors, but even he was raving about Curry’s effort

“Steph was huge,” Thompson said. “He is such a good playmaker and scorer, so he is so tough to stop. He can draw so much attention and he played liked that tonight. He played unselfish and talked on defense. We are tough to beat (with Curry).”

For the season, Curry is averaging 19.1 points and 6.6 assists per game and is in the top 15 in the NBA in both categories.

Curry, who scored 17 of his points and dished out seven assists after halftime against the Pistons, was also outstanding on defense. He held Pistons’ guard Brandon Knight to four points on 1-of-10 shooting.

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