0525 GMT January 19, 2020
He has had so many brilliant back-and-forths with Kyrie Irving in recent years, and this one will surely be added to that list among the best, The Associated Press reported.
Curry scored 49 points with 13 of those over the final 1:42 and hit eight three-pointers, lifting the Golden State Warriors past the Boston Celtics 109-105 on Saturday night in what is already being hyped as a potential NBA Finals matchup come June.
Irving scored 37 points on 13-for-18 shooting with five 3s, but Boston failed to build momentum from a win at the Clippers on Wednesday night and lost for the fifth time in six games.
"The way he started the game tonight was pretty crazy," Curry said. "We try to bring the best out of each other. Tonight was one of those nights, just a fun way to play."
The NBA's top teams from their respective conferences put on quite an entertaining show.
Curry made a go-ahead three with 1:42 to play, scored on a driving layup the next time down before eight late free throws.
He also made three of his 3s over the final 4:20 of the third quarter for the Warriors, who had lost the last two matchups to the Celtics and two in a row at home. The Warriors fell 92-88 at Boston on November 16 in which they squandered a 17-point lead.
Kevin Durant added 20 points and nine rebounds for the Warriors, who haven't lost to the same Eastern Conference opponent twice in the same season during fourth-year coach Steve Kerr's tenure. Draymond Green had 15 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
Curry's three-pointer with 4:20 left in the third put Golden State up 70-63, he hit another at the 2:52 mark then connected once more at 2:12 as Golden State grabbed momentum heading into the final period up 80-73.
The two-time NBA MVP scored 18 points in the third, shot 16-for-24 and 8-of-13 from long range while notching his second 40-point game of the season and 29th of his career in the regular season.
Fans chanted "M-V-P!" as he made two free throws with 43 seconds left, two more at the 10.3 mark, another pair with 6.9 seconds left and two more at 1.6.
Irving was sensational himself.
Plenty familiar with Golden State from three straight Finals matchups with the Cavaliers, he hit his first seven shots with three three-pointers while Jaylen Brown converted his first four field goals including two 3s. Boston built a 34-24 lead late in the opening quarter and stayed ahead by 10 going into the second.
He didn't miss his first shot until a driving floater 4:16 before halftime. Irving too appreciates the push from Curry.
"Oh yeah. I've been going against him for the last seven years," Irving said.
"This special team that they have now, adding KD, you've seen how they've kind of transformed from the first year they won it to now being two-time champions. The bench, everyone. It's always a high-level game."
Curry isn't about to make a bold prediction about Finals time. He learned that lesson already.
"I got in trouble last time," Curry said, "if I was thinking about going back to Boston in the summer."