Curry’s magic weekend – return drives Warriors to 35th win [Video]

Stephen Curry inspired Golden State Warriors to their 35th victory of the NBA season with a dominant display against Sacramento Kings on Saturday.

Curry bagged 38 points and 11 assists in a 128-116 win over the Kings at Sleep Train Arena, keeping them on course to beat the 1995/96 Chicago Bulls regular-season record of 72 victories. At 35-2, the Warriors now have the best ever start to an NBA season.

If Curry was hindered by his leg injury which has seen him wear shin pads for extra protection, it didn’t show during a performance which at times strayed into Harlem Globetrotters territory.

After seeing Curry dazzle the Kings with a series of ridiculous plays and his usual array of long-distance shots, Warriors’ coach Luke Walton said: “I’m glad he’s on our team – he’s pretty impressive.”

There was a third quarter effort where Curry dribbled and lost the ball twice before regaining control to score – but the coup de grace came in the fourth quarter with Curry’s confidence matched by his unbelievable talent.

A quick series of passing left Curry wide open for a three-pointer, which saw Curry turn around to talk to the Kings’ bench before beginning to run back up the court, all before the shot found its way into the basket.

The game was the second time Curry took to the court wearing shin pads after introducing them in Friday’s 128-108 victory at Portland Timbers.

He originally suffered a lower-leg injury at the end of December, before picking up the shin injury against the Denver Nuggets on 2nd January.

After aggravating it again during Tuesday night’s win over the Los Angeles Lakers following a collision with Roy Hibbert, Curry decided to take preventive action.

Despite the game being held 80 miles north east of Golden State’s home in Oakland, Warriors’ fans made up a significant portion of the sell-out 17,317 crowd and they were pleased with what they saw.

The victory gave Golden State a clean sweep of their four-game season series against the Kings and they have now beaten Sacramento 12 straight times.

Curry and the Warriors are back in action on Monday night at home to Miami Heat.

Butler breaks Jordan’s record; Curry injured again

Jimmy Butler broke the Chicago Bulls’ – Jordan’s – record for most points in a half with 40 points in the second half to inspire his team to a 115-113 win against Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

Butler broke Michael Jordan’s franchise record of 39 set against the Milwaukee Bucks in 1989.

After scoring just two points in the first half, Butler turned on the style in the second as Chicago came from 15 points down to defeat their conference rivals.

Butler, who needed stitches at half-time after being elbowed by DeMarre Carroll during the second quarter, hit only two three-pointers on his way to breaking Jordan’s record.

“Do not compare me to him – I don’t want to be compared to him, I just want to be me,” said Butler.

“I’m just happy we won, to tell the truth. I don’t want to be compared to Jordan because you see what he’s done for this game.

“I had no idea about the record until somebody told me after the game. I guess somebody will beat it one of these days coming soon.”

The victory, Chicago’s fourth in a row, moved them to 20-12 while Toronto slipped to 21-14.

Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry left Saturday night’s game against Denver Nuggets before half-time after re-injuring his left shin.

Curry confirmed after the game he suffered the injury as a result of kick from Nuggets player Jameer Nelson.

“I was hit right in the same spot, playing defense,” said Curry. It’s funny – I guess whenever you hurt something, you try to play through a little bit of discomfort and try to get out there, something happens. Just got to deal with it.”

The injury left Warriors with just six available players, but it didn’t stop them moving to 31-2 for the season as they sealed a 111-108 overtime victory.

Curry praised his teammates’ character: “Chips stacked against them, short bench, guys playing 40-plus minutes, found a way to scrap and claw, get stops down the stretch, fight through the fatigue factor, make a couple plays on the offensive plays as well – gutsy win,” he said.

Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried spent Saturday night in hospital after taking an elbow to the back of the neck during the game. He was later discharged and played in Sunday’s home game against Portland Trail Blazers. Faried finished with 13 points and nine rebounds as Nuggets fell 112-106.

It was a good weekend for the teams chasing the Warriors at the top of the Western Conference, with San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and L.A. Clippers all recording victories.

Cleveland Cavaliers still lead the Eastern Conference after a comfortable win against Orlando Magic. Chicago are second ahead of Miami Heat, while Toronto complete the top four.

NBA superstar Stephen Curry speaks of Lionel Messi admiration

NBA superstar Stephen Curry has admitted that he is a big fan of Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi.

The two global sporting stars are at the pinnacle of their respective sports, with the duo widely acknowledged as the best players on the planet in basketball and football.

Curry led the Golden State Warriors to the NBA Championship in 2014-15, being crowned the division’s MVP in the process.

The 27-year-old has started this campaign in blistering form and acted as a talisman for his team, who have become the first side to start an NBA season with 16 consecutive victories.

Despite his own achievements over the last 12 months, Curry has taken time out to speak of his admiration for another sports superstar, Messi, and compared himself to the South American.

“We both have a creative style, where it’s just about a feel when you’re out on the pitch or the court,” he told reporters after his side’s most recent win.

“I try to do some fancy things out there with both hands, making crossover moves and kind of having a certain creativity and flair to my game.

“And that’s definitely the style that Messi has when he’s out there in his matches. I love watching him play. I’m a big fan.

“And to see just a guy that you never know what he’s going to do at any particular moment – when he’s on TV, everybody is glued in because, as soon as he gets a touch with the ball, something special could happen. And you’ve got to appreciate that kind of talent.”

The Warriors will have the legendary 1971-72 LA Lakers team’s record of 33 consecutive wins in their sights, but Curry admitted that matching the west coast outfit’s landmark would take some doing.

“We’ve had like two 16-game winning streaks the last two years and those are pretty special feats,” the live-wire point guard continued.

“For us to have to double that output, I mean we’re going to play hard and hopefully close in on that record, but it won’t be a disappointing effort if we don’t get there.

“Because there are so many talented teams in this league and for us to just be playing at a high level right now that’s what we’re worried about. And if we close in and get to 29, 30 games, we’ll talk about it a little bit more.”

NBA: Curry hits a shot-of-the-season, Mavericks get payback on Jordan

Stephen Curry can hit pretty much anything and get it in the net, while the Mavericks can rest easy knowing their revenge on DeAndre Jordan and the Los Angeles Clippers was fruitful.

Stephen Curry has been on top form this year, apart from that blip against the Detroit Pistons on Monday. So far this year, he’s averaged .522 on Field Goals, better than any year previously, and .454 on triple pointers percentage, which is only .001 worse than his percentage in the 2011-12 season.

So, he’s doing pretty well then. Now, the Warriors were up against the Memphis Grizzlies for the second time this season. The Warriors won the game 100-84, extending their winning run either further, but neither of them were the talking points after the game. Stephen Curry was, once again, the focus of the post-game chat between fans and pundits alike.

His shot came in the third quarter, as the score lay at 62-58 to the Warriors. He intercepted a play from Grizzlies reserve JaMychal Green, then took it to the center court logo. Under pressure from the Grizzlies, he threw a ball that looked like it was destined for nowhere…until it went straight into the net for a three-pointer. Somehow.

The team are so used to this occurring now, then even have a hashtag for it:

Mavericks get payback on DeAndre Jordan, beat the Clippers

The Dallas Mavericks are a vengeful bunch, or so it seems. When they got the chance to take it to DeAndre Jordan, who went back on a four-year, $80 million contract free agent deal to move to the Mavericks in the summer, they took it with both hands open. While the Los Angeles Clippers (and Jordan) were in Dallas for the game, the Mavericks will be focusing less on Jordan’s betrayal and more on how well they played.

The game went right down to the wire, but ultimately the Mavericks took it 118-108. As late as 3 minutes to go, they were down 106-104, but managed to bring it back thanks to Dirk Nowitzki 3-pointer with just over a minute to go. This made Nowitzki the oldest player in NBA history to score 30 points in a single game.

Jordan was heckled and booed throughout the game, but was surprised by how little effort the Mavericks fans put into this, saying, “‘They’re obviously going to boo and heckle a little bit, but I thought it was going to be a lot worse.'” However, he didn’t play well, with just 9 points to his name.

All in all, a win for the Mavericks and a loss to rue for the Clippers.