Stephen Curry turned the Golden State Warriors’ fortunes around with a jaw-dropping performance against the Indiana Pacers. The three-time NBA champion showcased his scoring prowess by netting 29 of his 42 points in the first half, leading the Warriors to a convincing 131-109 victory on Thursday night (Friday, February 9 in the Philippines).
Coach Steve Kerr, recognizing the momentum building within the team, expressed confidence in the current roster despite no significant trade deadline additions. Taking matters into his own hands, Curry embarked on a shooting spree, sinking his first seven 3-pointers and finishing the night with a staggering 11 threes on 16 attempts.
Despite the recent resurgence, he acknowledged the long road ahead to secure a playoff spot for the Warriors, who started the night ranked 11th in the competitive Western Conference.
Coming off a modest nine-point performance in Philadelphia the previous night, Curry rebounded with a vengeance. Shooting 15 of 22 from the field, he delivered his fifth 40-point game of the season, leaving the Indiana crowd in awe. The Warriors, now on a three-game winning streak, capped a successful five-game road trip with a 4-1 record.
Pascal Siakam and Myles Turner tried to lead the Pacers, but Curry’s brilliance overshadowed their efforts. All-Star guard Tyrese Haliburton struggled offensively, managing only five points in 26 minutes, though he contributed 11 assists. Pacers coach Rick Carlisle lamented his team’s lack of intensity, attributing the loss to Golden State’s relentless effort.
Curry’s scorching start saw him make 10 of his first 11 shots, including only one missed 3-pointer. The Warriors established a comfortable 70-58 halftime lead, a margin the Pacers couldn’t surmount in the second half. Despite Curry cooling off in the latter part of the game, his teammates stepped up, securing a 95-76 lead by the end of the third quarter.
Jonathan Kuminga contributed 18 points for the Warriors, adding depth to Curry’s stellar performance. Kerr, reflecting on the team’s journey, stated, “This feels like the best version of us.” He praised the starting lineup’s cohesion, the energetic bench contributions, and, of course, Curry’s scalding-hot shooting.
The game wasn’t without its off-court drama, as guard Cory Joseph found himself caught in the whirlwind of the trade deadline. After flying with the Warriors to Indiana, Joseph was dealt to the Pacers, only to be waived by his new team. The Pacers, making significant moves on deadline day, also traded Buddy Hield to Philadelphia and acquired Doug McDermott from San Antonio in a three-team deal.
As the Warriors bask in the glow of Curry’s spectacular performance, they look to build on this momentum, hoping to secure a playoff berth in a tightly contested Western Conference.