Stephen Curry took some good-natured ribbing from his Warriors teammates following an impromptu celebration near the bench late in fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Few teams have caused more problems this season for the Pacific Division leaders than the Warriors, and Curry has been a major reason why.
Curry made four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and Golden State rallied from seven points down in the final 11 minutes to beat the Clippers 106-99 on Monday.
“When you start to talk about elite point guards in this league ... as far as shooting the long ball, Stef is by far the best at his position,” said Jarrett Jack, who had 18 points and 10 assists off the bench for the Warriors. Curry finished with 28 points and is averaging 23.0 points in four games against the Clippers this season.
That’s a key to why the Warriors have won three of those games and are the only team to beat Los Angeles more than once this year.
“That means you’re beating a good team and you’re stepping up for big games,” said Curry, who went 6 of 8 from beyond the arc. “To win three out of four and continue playing the good ball that we’ve been playing, that’s just a good sign for us.”
Curry stayed mostly silent for three quarters in his second game back from an ankle injury, but gave the Warriors a much-needed spark in the fourth after the Clippers had taken an 82-75 lead.
He scored 16 points, including three 3s in a span of 2:13, fired a bounce pass from midcourt to Jack for a fastbreak layup that capped a 10-2 run and made four free throws over the final 23.4 seconds to seal the win in what has quickly become a heated rivalry between these two West Coast teams.
Things got chippy just before halftime when the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan was called for a technical foul after shoving David Lee into the lap of a courtside fan after getting fouled by Lee. The two players were quickly separated and Klay Thompson made the free throw for Golden State.
NOTE: Injured Warriors center Andrew Bogut ran full-court sprints before the game, an important step in his rehab from his left. The 7-footer has not played since Nov. 7 and has missed 36 games this season. Coach Mark Jackson, however, isn’t putting a timetable on Bogut’s return. “We’ve got to keep it moving and look forward to having him one day, whenever that comes,” Jackson said.