Stephen Curry awes Warriors' first full house with 45 points, game-winning heroics

Evan Webeck, The Mercury News on

Published in Basketball

SAN FRANCISCO — Chase Center has hosted Grammy-winning recording artists since reopening to full capacity, but none of them put on the show that Stephen Curry treated a sold-out crowd to in the Golden State Warriors’ home opener Thursday night.

Curry scored 45 after connecting on his first 10 attempts from the field and dropping 25 points in the first quarter, yet the Warriors still needed his fourth-quarter theatrics to prevail over the Los Angeles Clippers, 115-113. Curry nailed a a catch-and-shoot jumper with under a minute left to give Golden State the lead for good.

Here are some quick takeaways.

—Big Wiggs

Andrew Wiggins was the first to eschew his poor shooting through the preseason.

The former No. 1 overall pick insisted he’d find his rhythm once the games began to count, and he wasn’t wrong. A sore knee sidelined him for part of the preseason. He finished the exhibition slate having made only 4 of his 18 3-point attempts.


Those struggles have vanished through his first two regular-season contests.

Wiggins needed less than 4 minutes to enter double figures Thursday night after connecting on his first three attempts from downtown. In the season opener Tuesday, Wiggins quietly contributed 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field.

Wiggins finished with 17 on Thursday and took on the tough assignment of guarding Clippers star Paul George.

He scored 9 of Golden State’s first 12 points.


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