WASHINGTON – Following one of his worst offensive games this season, reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry stopped thinking about basketball and recalibrated his mind. It worked out just fine.
Curry was all systems go Wednesday night as he made 11 3-pointers and scored 51 points to lead the Golden State Warriors past the Washington Wizards 134-121 for their eighth straight victory, which came in spite of a monster performance from John Wall.
Wall scored a season-best 41 points in the shadows as Curry shot 13 of 14 for 36 points in the best first half of his career. After scoring just 13 points Sunday at New York, Curry was in a zone, tying Gilbert Arenas and Michael Jordan for the Verizon Center record and reaching 50 for the second time this season.
“The shots that you know feel good go in, and some of the shots that you’re like, ‘Oh that’s off,’ they end up going in,” Curry said. “It’s a fun feeling, and you want to ride that until you can’t anymore.”
Curry looked human when he missed seven of 10 shots during the third quarter but was dominant most of the night as the Warriors (45-4) matched the 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers for the best 49-game start in NBA history.
“It’s like Kobe (Bryant) when he had 81,” Wall said. “He couldn’t miss. You keep defending the best way you can. We challenged some shots. He didn’t have too many open looks. He just made them.”
Curry’s 5-of-17 shooting performance against the Knicks was all forgotten by the end of this game. Not like coach Steve Kerr was worried.
“I didn’t know Steph was in a slump,” Kerr said. “Steph’s never in a slump.”
Thunder 117, Magic 114
In Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook posted his third straight triple-double with 24 points, a career-high 19 rebounds and 14 assists as the Thunder held off Orlando.
Victor Oladipo scored 37 points for the Magic.
Spurs 110, Pelicans 97
In San Antonio, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 36 points and San Antonio improved to 27-0 at home this season by beating New Orleans.
Hornets 106, Cavaliers 97
In Charlotte, Jeremy Lin scored 24 points and the hosts ended Cleveland’s five-game winning streak.
Heat 93, Mavericks 90
In Dallas, Chris Bosh scored 20 points, Dwyane Wade bounced back with 18 after matching the worst shooting half of his career and Miami edged the Mavericks.
Celtics 102, Pistons 95
In Boston, Isaiah Thomas had 17 points and dished out seven assists to help the Celtics down Detroit.
Pacers 114, Nets 100
In New York, C.J. Miles had 27 points, Paul George scored 17 and Indiana sent Brooklyn to its fifth straight loss.
Hawks 124, 76ers 86
In Philadelphia, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Mike Scott each scored 13 points and Atlanta coasted past the lowly Sixers.
Jazz 85, Nuggets 81
In Salt Lake City, Derrick Favors had 16 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots to power Utah over Denver, extending its season-best winning streak to four games.
Bulls 107, Kings 102
In Sacramento, E’Twaun Moore scored a career-high 24 points while starting in place of injured Jimmy Butler, and Chicago overcame a sloppy finish to beat the Kings.
T-Wolves 108, Clippers 102
In Los Angeles, Andrew Wiggins had 31 points, Zach LaVine added 17 and Minnesota ended a 14-game road skid against the Clippers.