Long before the initial jump, Stephen Curry scored his routine basket in the tunnel on the second attempt. Once the game started, the two-time Most Valuable Player in the league stood by the bench, shaking his legs and clapping with nervous energy as he waited anxiously for his turn.
Then _ with the mouthguard hanging, of course _ Curry finally came on the court at 4:20 minutes of the first quarter under the thunderous ovation of the Oracle Arena and went to work immediately. He made a 3-pointer from the left 11 seconds later and was instrumental in the Golden State Warriors’ 121-116 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans in Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals. .
“For me it was an eternity, for sure,” said Curry. “When the lights come on after (present) the alignments, your mind is normally activated. I had to calm down and be patient. It seemed like it took forever, but it was a good feeling to go back to the parquet, relax and have fun. “
Curry finished with 28 points coming off the bench in his triumphant return to the competition after a knee injury that took him six weeks off. The Warriors lead the Pelicans 2-0 in the series best of seven, which will resume on Friday in New Orleans.
Everything is fine for Golden State now that its number 30 is back in action, even as a substitute.
“It gave a lot of life to the building, a lot of life to the spirit of our team, it was very appropriate,” said Draymond Green of Curry’s early triple.
Kevin Durant scored 29 points including a 3-pointer from afar with 3:10 remaining, seven assists and six rebounds in the Warriors’ 14th consecutive postseason victory at Oracle Arena, a record for the franchise.
Green contributed 20 points, 12 assists and nine boards after fighting all night with Davis in both baskets.
Davis was the best of the Pelicans with 25 points and 15 rebounds. Jrue Holiday finished with 24 points, eight rebounds and as many assists and Rajon Rondo had 22 points and 12 assists.