Curry hits 50 points as Warriors defeats Kings

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Stephen Curry scored 50 points to help the Golden State Warriors defeat the Sacramento Kings in game 7.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry scored points carried the Warriors across the finish line as they defeated the Sacramento Kings 120-100 in Game 7 of their Western Conference series on Sunday.

Curry erupted for 50 points on 20-of-38 shooting, the most scored in a Game 7 in NBA history. Curry is the first player in Warriors history with 40-plus points in a Game 7.

“There is a reason he is a two-time MVP, a Finals MVP, because he pushes us over the top in moments like this,” Warriors teammate Klay Thompson said.

“When he’s in the zone like that, you try to just get him in his spots, get him the ball and get out of the way. This is a Game 7 I will forever remember as the Steph Curry game.”

The Warriors weren’t necessarily emphasizing getting Curry the ball early on. The biggest difference on the offensive end was to improve their spacing — an area that Kerr called “a disaster” in Game 6.

Curry happened to be the beneficiary of the spacing early on, and he eventually took over.

“He’s Steph Curry,” Kerr said. “He’s that good. His approach to these games is that he is going to go down swinging. He took 18 3s. Just one turnover. Because he had space, he was able to attack and be really aggressive.”

Golden State was the 22nd defending champion to trail 2-0 in a best-of-seven series. With the victory, it became the fifth team to come back and win the series. The Warriors are now 1-9 all time in a best-of-seven series when they trail 2-0.

“We’re defying the odds by still playing at this high of a level,” Curry said. “I know everybody wants to see you fail. That’s kind of the nature of where we’re at right now. We love when we still prove a lot of people wrong. It’s part of our vibe now.”

The Warriors will now face the Los Angeles Lakers in the conference semifinals, with Game 1 on Tuesday at San Francisco’s Chase Center.

 

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