Curry on boil again to silence Thunder
STEPHEN Curry scored 28 points as the Golden State Warriors roared back to life in their Western Conference finals series against the Oklahoma City Thunder with an emphatic 118-91 victory on Wednesday.
He seized control of the contest with a spellbinding third-quarter points blitz as the Warriors squared the series at 1-1 heading into Sunday's Game 3 in Oklahoma City.
The 27-point blowout victory preserved Golden State's remarkable season-long record of never having suffered back-to-back defeats.
"Our ball movement was a lot better tonight. We got it going side to side and set screens and found easier shots and thankfully they went down," a relieved Curry said.
He, however, played down what looked like a swelling on his right elbow which appeared after he tumbled into the stands.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr paid tribute to Curry's virtuoso display.
"He's the MVP for a reason and he knows he didn't have his best night in Game 1.
"He came out and played exceptionally well."
Oklahoma City had stunned the reigning NBA champions at the Oracle Arena in Game 1 on Monday, overturning a 60-47 half-time deficit to run out deserved winners.
Yet in contrast to Monday's all-around Thunder performance, Westbrook and Durant were the only two Oklahoma City players to score in double figures, highlighting the problems the visitors had penetrating a determined Warriors defensive display.