Sometimes a players performance doesnt quite sink in untila little bit after. Which is what Stephen Currys game against Dallas just did.The boxscore will say Curry had 31 points on 9-for-21 fromthe field, including 3-for-7 from 3-point range and nine assists in 43minutes in the Warriors 105-101 overtime win against the Mavericks. And thatscertainly a nice game.But it doesnt really capture the impact Curry had on thegame. Currys had big games before, but hes never had one like this where hetook over a game late and brought home a win for the Warriors.In short, it was the best game of Currys NBA career. Howcould it not be? Of the Warriors 15 overtime points, Curry had a hand in 13of them. He had six points and three assists in overtime, including aspoon-feed to David Lee with 31 seconds left, which put the Warriors up two andwas the games biggest basket.The only two points he wasnt in on were two meaninglessfree throws inside of 10 seconds. Other than that, heres how Currys overtimebasically went: bucket, assist, assist, two foul shots, assist, two foul shots.Truth be told, Curry did miss a shot in there and commit aturnover so it wasnt quite perfection.But Curry might have been even better at the end of regulation.In fact, after he tweaked his ankle with 8:07 remaining in the fourth quarteron a drive, he was by far the best player on the court and that includedDallas O.J. Mayo, who was doing some things of his own.Curry scored the teams last eight points in regulation, andthey were all must-haves. His jumper with six minutes left put the Warriors upone; His two foul shots with four-and-a-half minutes left tied the game at 84,and two more free throws 50 seconds later pulled Golden State withinone.His foul-line jumper put the Warriors up 90-88 with 1:57left.Taking Currys play back a little further, youll find thathe had a hand in 16 of the Warriors last 17 points of the fourth quarter 14points and an assist in the last eight-plus minutes.He also had two steals in the final eight minutes ofregulation.On top of all that, if you take a look at Currys oppositenumber, Darren Collison, youll find that he didnt play very well, to say theleast.Collison finished with seven points on 2-for-11 shooting,five assists and five turnovers in 38 minutes. Now, all of that wasnt Curry,of course, but some of it had to be.Which means in addition to making virtually every big playin the last 13 minutes of a big road win, Curry also shut down the opposingpoint guard.That would have to be Currys best-ever game as aWarrior.
Four days after avenging one of their six losses, the Warriors get another chance for revenge on an opponent that knocked them off last month.
This time, it’s the Rockets, who greet the Warriors Friday night at Toyota Center. After evening their season series with the Cavaliers on Monday, the Warriors will seek to do the same in Houston.
The Warriors (36-6) have won five in a row, averaging nearly 120 points per game behind a more aggressive Stephen Curry.
The Rockets (33-12) have been the surprise team of the league this season. Generally projected to win between 42 and 48 games, they are on pace to win 60.
Warriors by 5.5
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Klay Thompson vs. James Harden: In his first season as an officially designated point guard Harden has been playing at MVP level. He leads the league in assists and has been a top-3 scorer all season. Thompson’s defense is not as consistently solid as in previous seasons. He knows Harden well, dating back to their days as prep stars in Southern California and fully understands he’ll have to bring his best, while also getting help from his teammates.
Warriors: C/F David West (L thumb fracture) is listed as out.
Rockets: F Ryan Anderson (flu) is listed as questionable.
Warriors: 9-1. Rockets: 7-3.
The Rockets prevailed in the first meeting this season, 132-127 in double overtime, on Dec. 1, but the Warriors have won nine of the last 12 overall. The Warriors have won the last four meetings in Houston.
THREE THINGS TO WATCH
THE FIREWORKS: The Warriors and Rockets rank 1-2 in points and also true-shooting percentage. Houston launches a league-high 40 3-pointers per game. The Warriors, at 30.6, are tied for fifth. If the clubs stay true to form, that’s 71 triples. Don’t go near the scoreboard unless you want to get burned.
THE GIVEAWAYS: Insofar as both teams tend to give it up -- only four teams commit more turnovers than these two -- they could offset each other here. Both fire threes in transition. The crucial element is live-ball turnovers, as a decided advantage goes to the team that exploits them best.
THE BENCHES: Over the last 10 games, Shaun Livingston is shooting 66 percent and Andre Iguodala is at 63.6. They will need to continue their offensive efficiency to overcome the loss of David West while also neutralizing Sixth Man of the Year leader Eric Gordon, who leads the league in 3-pointers.
UPDATE (11:50am on Friday) -- Pau Gasol will undergo left hand surgery to repair the fracture in his fourth metacarpal, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.
SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs center Pau Gasol is out indefinitely after breaking his left ring finger during pregame warmups Thursday night.
Gasol missed San Antonio's 118-104 victory over the Denver Nuggets. He was slated to start but left the court clutching his left hand before the national anthem. He had X-rays, which revealed a fractured finger on his non-shooting hand.
The team said there is no timeline for Gasol's return.
"We're going to look at it tomorrow," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said, "but he's going to be out for a while."
Gasol got hurt when he jammed his left hand against Kyle Anderson's shoulder while attempting a running hook.
"I don't know what happened," Anderson said before exiting the locker room after the game. "I don't know."
It was the first game Gasol missed due to injury this season. He sat out two games for rest.
The 7-foot center from Spain is in his 16th NBA season, but first with the Spurs after signing as a free agent following two seasons in Chicago. He is averaging 11.7 points and 7.9 rebounds in 39 games.
San Antonio also was without point guard Tony Parker, a late scratch from the starting lineup as well. Parker was in uniform and on the bench, but sat out because of a sprained left foot.
Parker is expected to play Saturday in Cleveland.
"It has happened before where his ankle kind of gets locked up, so I think we know what we need to do for it and I think he'll be back for Cleveland," Popovich said.
San Antonio's Pau Gasol undergoing surgery to repair fracture of fourth metacarpal in his left hand today, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) January 20, 2017