Stephen Curry scored 46 points and won his second NBA title as the Golden State Warriors won their sixth in a row beating the Memphis Grizzlies 113-101 on Sunday in San Francisco.
Curry finished the regular season averaging 32.0 points, winning the league title over Bradley Beal of Washington who scored 25 points earlier Sunday to finish at 31.3 points per game.
âI had a lot of great looks all night long,â Curry said. “We were in sync. The guys put on some great screens for me.”
Curry, 33, won his first title in 2016. He and Michael Jordan are the only NBA players to win a title after turning 33.
Curry also joins Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to win multiple titles, Most Valuable Player Awards and NBA Championships.
âHe’s like the Picasso of our time,â said teammate Juan Toscano-Anderson. “You can’t have a hit on him. He’s the best doing it right now.”
Curry scored 17 of his game-high 46 points in the third quarter as the Warriors grabbed eighth place in the Western Conference in this week’s play-in tournament.
Golden State will now play Wednesday, either in Portland or the Los Angeles Lakers, who both took the field later Sunday.
âHe’s never been better, I can say that,â said coach Steve Kerr.
Curry received a lot of help from his supporting cast, including Jordan Poole who stopped a Grizzlies rally with a late three points.
The Warriors outscored the Grizzlies 45-18 from three points and beat their opponents 49.4% to 43.5 overall.
âIt’s just the confidence and the expectation and the ability to know they’re going to have opportunities,â Curry said of his teammates. âIf I get a lot of attention, we move the ball, they’re there to play.
“Everyone has to be convinced that it will have an impact on both sides. We will need it.”
Andrew Wiggins finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Draymond Green narrowly missed a triple-double with 14 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Kevon Looney peaked 11 rebounds for the Warriors.
Jonas Valanciunas scored 29 points and delivered 16 rebounds for Memphis, who had all five starters in double digits.
Brooks finished with 18 points, while Ja Morant had 16 and nine assists for the Grizzlies, who trailed 86-69 at the end of the third quarter.