Talk about crashing down to earth. Warriors guard Stephen Curry entered Golden State’s game against the Wizards from somewhere in outer space, riding a historic streak of scoring greatness and enjoying time as the darling of the NBA news cycle.
Now, after the Warriors lost to the Wizards 118-114, all eyes are on Curry for a vastly different reason.
Curry’s performance held Golden State back, with much of his supporting cast playing well enough to win. Curry, however, was a shocking minus-23 in the game. In the Wednesday-night loss in D.C., no other player carried a worse plus/minus than Mychal Mulder’s minus-9.
Curry hit only 7-of-25 from the field, including 2-of-14 from 3-point land. His six turnovers were costly and ruined the Warriors’ offensive flow early, when Golden State fell behind 38-20. The bench, led by new addition, forward Kelly Oubre Jr., brought the Warriors back and gave the team a chance to win. Guard Jordan Poole chipped in as well, with 22 points including six made 3-pointers.
But Curry never got cooking. He missed several open shots late that would have given the Warriors a win.
“It was a great run,” Curry said, per The Athletic. “Something I haven’t done before, and it was going to end at some point. Now you got to start another one.”
Curry had scored 30 or more points in 11 consecutive games, something no player at his age has ever done. Curry’s list of recent accomplishments was incredible, and one needed a ledger to keep track of all the history he’s made recently.
But it all came crashing down in D.C. It’s only a matter of time, of course, before Curry rebounds with another scintillating performance. But this loss must have stung, with Golden State fighting for playoff position. He’ll have his chance to start a new streak against the Nuggets on Friday, when fans will enter Chase Center for the first time this season due to the pandemic.
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