OAKLAND, Calif. — The Stephen Curry Show at Oracle Arena stays one of the crucial thrilling spectacles in sports activities.
The two-time MVP, who hadn’t performed since March 23 due to an MCL sprain in his left knee, electrified the sellout crowd of 19,586 by dropping in 28 factors and grabbing seven rebounds in Tuesday’s 121-116 win over the New Orleans Pelicans in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals. The Warriors lead the collection 2-Zero.
In what got here as a little bit of a shock earlier than tip off, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr determined to usher in Curry off the bench in his return recreation, limiting him to solely 27 minutes — but the purpose guard nonetheless made the largest distinction for the veteran group by registering a plus-26 plus/minus — whereas reinforcing that the Warriors look like hitting their stride on the proper second.
After racking up a triple-double in Game 1, Draymond Green had one other massive efficiency Tuesday night time scoring 20 factors, shelling out 12 assists and grabbing 9 rebounds. As a lot because the Warriors fed off the emotion of Curry’s return, it was Green who supplied an necessary power jolt at numerous factors within the recreation when his workforce wanted one. Kevin Durant led all scorers with 29 factors (on 11-of-23 taking pictures) and added 6 rebounds and seven assists.
The Pelicans can take solace in the truth that that they had a solution for every of the Warriors’ runs all through nearly all of the sport. But as was the case in Game 1, the Warriors proved to have an excessive amount of expertise — beating the Pelicans at their very own up-and-down recreation.
Steph Curry drives previous half courtroom, pulls up for a Three-pointer and stares it down because it goes in.
After a poor offensive efficiency in Game 1, Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday responded with a stable night time of 24 factors, eight rebounds and eight assists, and Anthony Davis chipped in with 25 factors and 15 rebounds of his personal. Rajon Rondo had 20 factors, 12 assists and seven rebounds, but the Pelicans’ trio did not have a solution as Curry and Durant made performs within the waning minutes.
The scariest half for the Pelicans is that they did a stable job defensively for many of the night time — particularly on Klay Thompson who completed simply Four-for-20 from the sphere — but they nonetheless misplaced.
To discover a victory on this collection, the Pelicans are going to must play near an ideal recreation as a result of their margin of error is so slim. Curry’s presence again within the Warriors’ lineup provides Golden State the kind of championship swagger that has outlined it over the previous 4 seasons.
Game Three is Friday night time in New Orleans.