Curry leads W's to victory in Charlotte homecoming

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Curry leads W's to victory in Charlotte homecoming

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Player of the game: Warriors power forward David Lee was the picture of efficiency, making 10 of 14 shots, and scoring 25 points in 36 minutes. Lee also had 11 rebounds.
The win makes the Warriors 4-0 on their current seven-game road trip, ensuring a winning trip.

“That’s big,” guard Stephen Curry said. “It seems like every win we break a record from a Warriors team past. We have three tough games coming up (Miami, Orlando, Atlanta) – top tier teams -- and we have to keep that energy level and consistency. We’d like to go 7-0. You never know what can happen.”

Key stretch: Midway through the third quarter, Charlotte made a modest run and cut the Warriors’ lead to 65-54. But the Warriors, bettering their shot selection and once again tightening their defense, gradually pulled away and took a 93-74 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

In complete control: The Warriors led 58-40 at halftime, and you couldn’t ask them to play much better. Golden State held the Bobcats to 31.7 percent from the field in the first half and forced 10 turnovers.

The Warriors, on the other hand, shot 53.4 percent from the field in the first half and turned the ball over just five times. Lee was the most efficient Warrior in the first 24 minutes, scoring 17 points on just nine shots (7-for-9 from field).

“That first half was a thing of beauty,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “We defended, we paid attention to detail and we executed. … That first half was outstanding. We had multiple-effort plays and rebounded the basketball -- everything we talked about.”

Curry’s homecoming: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry was back in his hometown for Monday’s game. Curry grew up in Charlotte and went to nearby Davidson College.

Curry, who purchased 73 tickets for friends and family, finished with 27 points and seven assists. It was Curry’s eighth consecutive game with 20 points or more.

Curry did not play last season in Charlotte when the Bobcats beat the Warriors 112-100 on Jan. 14. That win was the only win for the Bobcats last year during a 23-game span which went from early January to mid-February.

Curry missed the game last year because of a sprained right ankle.

“You still keep it a business trip once the game starts,” Curry said. “Thankfully we played well and now I can enjoy them till we leave for Miami (on Wednesday).”

Great start: To say the Warriors were clicking early would be an understatement. The Warriors jumped on the Bobcats to the tune of an 18-7 lead early, and by the six-minute mark of the first quarter they already had rolled up 22 points.

Golden State knocked down 13 of their first 16 shots and were up 38-23 at the end of one period. It was the most points the Warriors have scored in a first quarter this season.

Lee was up to his old – or should we say recent – tricks, scoring 13 points on 5-of-6 from the field.

'He's very special:' Popovich cites three reasons for Steph Curry's rise

'He's very special:' Popovich cites three reasons for Steph Curry's rise

Steph Curry was incredible against the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals.

Over four games, he averaged 31.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 3.0 steals, while shooting over 56 percent from the field and just under 47 percent from 3-point territory.

Following Game 4 on Monday night, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was asked about the two-time MVP.

"He's taken on the responsibility to be a star every night. A lot of people can't do that. That's number one," Popovich explained to reporters. "And number two -- he's had the wisdom to make his game even more solid. A little bit less mustard and a little bit more fundamentally sound -- which reduces turnovers, gets more shots for teammates -- so he's been willing to tone it a little bit over the past few years. And possessions are that much more powerful."

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Back in 2013, Curry racked up 44 points and 11 assists against San Antonio in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals.

But the Spurs held him in check the rest of the series -- 18.2 points and 6.0 assists on 36 percent shooting over Games 2 through 6.

The following season, Curry made his first All-Star Game and All-NBA team.

He then claimed the MVP in 2015 and became the first unanimous MVP in NBA history in 2016.

So is there a third reason to help explain Curry's ascension?

"And obviously his confidence has gone through the roof because he realizes what he does is special," Popovich added. "But it doesn't diminish his attitude and approach and edge as he approaches every game. He's very special."

Pau Gasol's lofty praise for Warriors: 'In all my years in the league...'

Pau Gasol's lofty praise for Warriors: 'In all my years in the league...'

The Warriors are NBA Finals bound for the third straight year.

Following their Game 4 victory over the Spurs on Monday night, Pau Gasol opened up about the Western Conference champions.

“They’re in a groove,” Gasol told Courtney Cronin of the Bay Area News Group. “They know what it takes to win and obviously they’ve been champions, they’ve established records that have never been set before and they’re on a path to get another championship.

"In all my years in the league, they’re playing at the highest level right now.”

Gasol entered the NBA as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2001 draft.

He won championships with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010.

The Warriors are the first team in NBA history to enter the Finals with a record of 12-0.

Their average margin of victory in the playoffs is 16.3 points.