Reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry dropped 40 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 111-95 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans Tuesday night to open their title defense in style.
The Oracle Arena was a magical place on Tuesday night. Dub Nation was sent into a frenzy as Golden State Warriors hoisted the championship banner, while team members were presented with their rings by NBA commissioner Adam Silver. At the ceremony, team captain Steph Curry thanked the loyal Oakland fanbase: “You guys support us every night, every single year.”
Just minutes after the emotional ceremony, Curry and his Warriors entered Beast Mode.
Curry put on a familiar shooting clinic, knocking down four three-pointers en route to 24 points in just the first quarter. He finished the game with 14/26 shooting to go along with seven assists and six rebounds. This was Curry’s 10th career 40-point outing.
After attending the championship ceremony, Coach Steven Kerr left for the locker room to rest his surgically repaired back as interim coach Luke Walton made the plays. Meanwhile, first-year coach Alvin Gentry accepted his Warriors head coach ring, before switching to the other side of the fence.
Warriors built a 10-point halftime lead and never let go of their stranglehold over the game. Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis had an off-night, shooting 4 for 20 from the field, and hitting only 10 of his 18 free throws.
Warriors won their 19th straight home game dating back to January 31.