Coming off the bench for the first time since 2012, Curry, who had yet to play a game in this series with a sprained right MCL, dropped 40 points, including an NBA playoff record 17 in overtime, to snatch the life out of a Blazers team that was legitimately threatening to take control of this series.
Warriors lead series 3-1.
Given the context, it was truly a performance for the ages -- more than enough to leave Blazers owner Paul Allen speechless. Coming into the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Curry would be on a 25-minute limit. So much for that. When Shaun Livingston got ejected for the first time in his career late in the first half, and especially when the Blazers, who raced out to a 16-2 lead to start the game, started rolling on all cylinders, all plans went out the window.
It took a little while for Curry to get going. He missed his first nine 3-pointers but his rhythm looked good, and the Warriors scrapped long enough for him to find his zone. And once he did, it was over. After missing a potential game-winning runner to close regulation, Curry erupted in the OT period, utterly silencing a Portland crowd that was once about to register on Richter scales. He went 3 for 3 from deep, dazzled in the lane and even carded an offensive rebound and putback in traffic.
Now the series shifts back to Oakland Wednesday night for Golden State's potential close-out game. Aside from Game 1, the Blazers have thrown their best punch this entire series, and after doing it again on Monday, it's hard to see them mustering up the fight to extend this one any longer. Especially with Curry back in this kind of form and the Warriors having every incentive to get this one over fast and get some rest, with San Antonio-Oklahoma City possibly headed for a seven-game series.