OAKLAND, California (AP) – Stephen Curry stepped back time and again and released the ball from way back. Most of the time with at least one defender in his face, too.
“It’s insane what he does,’’ coach Steve Kerr said.
Curry scored 41 points with nine three-pointers to become the first player in NBA history to make eight or more threes in three straight games, and the Golden State Warriors held off the New Orleans Pelicans 147-140 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight win.
“When you get hot like that, you really don’t see anything but the rim,’’ Curry said. “You just try to stay on balance and get to your spot, wherever that is.
Again, these are shots I work on, I have confidence in them, I know my teammates do.’’
Pelicans star Anthony Davis went down hard beneath the Warriors basket with 2:22 left but was able to walk off after a few minutes and quickly returned.
Davis had 30 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks in nearly 41 minutes for New Orleans, coming off a 46-point and 16-rebound gem on Monday night despite starting zero for five with just four points in the first quarter.
Nikola Mirotic scored 29 points, Jrue Holiday added 25 points and seven assists while Elfrid Payton dished out 12 assists.
The Pelicans and Warriors combined for an NBA-record 43 threes, breaking the mark by two that Sacramento and Golden State accomplished on January 5 at Golden 1 Center.
Kevin Durant hit a key three-pointer with 5:53 to play and finished with 30 points and 15 rebounds, while Klay Thompson scored 19 points with four threes.