Watching Stephen Curry and his Golden State Warriors is like poetry in motion. The reigning NBA champions routed Memphis Grizzlies by an unprecedented 50 points Monday on their way to a 119-69 victory at the Oracle Arena.
With a franchise record 20th consecutive home victory, Warriors are now 4-0 for the new season.
Curry, the New Face of the NBA, needed only 28 minutes to drop 30 points and shoot the Grizzlies out of the contest. The reigning MVP scored 21 of his 30 points during the third quarter, just three days after dropping 53 points against the New Orleans Pelicans.
“We’re going to put three guys on him tonight,” Grizzlies coach David Joerger had joked before the game. Clearly, all of Joerger’s plans fell flat on his face as Curry danced all over his defenders.
The Grizzlies’ starters shot a paltry 11/46 led by Marc Gasol’s 13 points. They were outscored 72-27 over the second and third quarters, after taking a 22-21 lead in the first quarter.
The teams met for the first time since last year’s Western Conference semi-finals which was won by Warriors (4-2).
For the Warriors, back-up Center Festus Ezeli added 11 points, 3 blocks and 10 rebounds filling in for the injured Andrew Bogut.