It was like he never left.
Warriors guard Stephen Curry battled his bruised tailbone while leading Golden State to a 116-102 win over the Bulls in San Francisco on Monday, stopping a four game losing streak. Curry scored his 32 points in just over three quarters, getting off to a blistering start and scoring 14 points in the third period to seal the deal.
Curry was obviously bothered by his injury, which has kept him out for a few games. Every time he came close to falling, he was clearly looking to avoid landing on his backside.
Curry gutted it out because his team needs him. Every starter responded by scoring in double digits. Wings Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre Jr. each played well, and rookie center James Wiseman had a productive 12 points and five rebounds on 6-for-8 shooting, adding a career-high four blocks.
Forward Draymond Green got into the scoring act, too, after not attempting a single shot his last time out. He hit 4-of-7 field goals on this night, including three 3-pointers. Of course, one was a bit unorthodox.
It was that kind of night for the Warriors. Curry returned, and all was well again. The team would be wise to remember that they’ve lost plenty of times with Curry this season, and much more work is necessary if they’re to rise in the standings.
Plus, Curry doesn’t appear to be healed just yet, so that injury is still something to watch. The Warriors have a day off, however, before playing next on Thursday against the Heat in Miami.
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