Last Monday, Stephen Curry scored 36 points in three quarters and the Golden State Warriors routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-98. Draymond Green tied his career-high with 16 assists as the Warriors sent the Cavaliers to their eighth straight loss. Curry was 13 for 19 from the floor and 7 for 11 from beyond the arc and sat out the fourth quarter with the outcome all but decided.
But Green, starting at the center recently with James Wiseman and Kevon Looney injured, was just as crucial against the Cavaliers. He consistently found teammates cutting to the basket and led an unselfish offense that piled up 34 assists.
“Playing center opens the floor for him,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “When he’s playing center and handling the ball, it completely changes the chessboard.”
Curry is just the second guard to score at least 25 points and shoot 50% or better from the field in 10 consecutive games since the 1970-71 season when such data first started being tracked. Michael Jordan is the other.
Curry said his chemistry with Green plays a huge part in his success.
“It’s built on eight, nine years of experience that comes out whether we draw something up or just kind of feel it or see it,” Curry said. “It definitely helps just to find open space out there and exploit how teams are going to be aggressive on me.”
Collin Sexton led the Cavaliers with 23 points. Cleveland shot from the floor and was winless on its five-game road trip.
“You have to look in the mirror and be honest with yourself and see areas you can improve,” Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “And we’ve got room to grow.”
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