One game after posting his second triple-double of the season, Stephen Curry remained hot and torched the Cleveland Cavaliers for 29 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds. While Curry’s shot cooled off a bit towards the end of the game, he kept his Golden State Warriors in contention early when the Cavaliers were threatening to pull away after taking a 35-26 first-quarter lead.
Curry has now recorded six double-doubles in his last seven games, and is beginning to challenge Chris Paul for title of best point guard in the NBA. While Paul is the more experienced floor general and a prototypical pass-first point guard, Curry is a dynamic playmaker that uses the dribble to create for himself as well as teammates. He showcased this ability numerous times against the Cavaliers on Sunday, which is a big reason they were able to get the come-from-behind victory.
Curry began the game shooting lights-out from three, hitting his first five shots, but was just as dangerous when driving and throwing up a floater. Curry failed to come up big late in regulation by missing a last-second shot, but he made up for it in overtime by making the right passes and hitting a long two in order to seal the 108-104 victory.
Ranking second in the NBA with nine assists per game is a great way to be mentioned in the same breath as Paul, but his 23 points per game compared to Paul’s 20 is where Curry begins to make his case for NBA’s best point guard. Whereas Paul is a pass-first player who can make the open jumper, Curry is a player that is a threat from everywhere on the floor, most importantly from three where he is shooting 41 percent on the year.
These two highly touted points guards won’t face off for another month, but its becoming more and more clear that Curry is a superstar and potentially one of the best all-around players in the entire NBA.