It was just another day in the office for Stephen Curry and his Golden State Warriors. The reigning MVP scorched the Charlotte Hornets with 40 points from 31 minutes, including 8/11 from deep, as the Golden State Warriors won 116-99 to improve their perfect season record to 20-0.
With the win, the Warriors improved their regular season winning streak to 24-0 (including four wins from last season). They are just 10 wins away from breaking the 33-game winning streak registered by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers. Klay Thompson, the only other Warrior in double digits, added 21 points, while Brandon Rush continued to start ahead of the injured Harrison Barnes.
Curry admitted that the 20-0 start to the season seems surreal. “It doesn’t even sound right,” he said after yet another lopsided victory. “In the NBA, with so many good players and good teams, to be able to put on a run like this is special. We don’t always play our best, but we find ways to win. That’s the strength of our team. Every night a different guy might step up and have a huge game and do the little things that don’t show up in the stat sheet.”
Draymond Green had 4 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 blocks in yet another near-triple double performance. Festus Ezili added 9 points and 6 rebounds off the bench.
For the Hornets, Nicolas Batum led all scorers with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Rookie Frank Kaminsky had a career-high 16 points, including 3/3 from deep, while Jeremy Lamb added 13 points. Jeremy Lin, listed as questionable ahead of the game with a sprained ankle, played just 13 minutes for his 5 points and 3 assists.