HOUSTON (AP) — Stephen Curry capped a subpar January with an offensive masterpiece Monday night against the Houston Rockets that served as a reminder of just how dangerous he can be.
He scored 21 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 122-108 win.
Much had been made about his shooting slump, and his average this month entering Monday’s game had fallen more than six points from the 27.6 points he averaged in December. All the talk didn’t bother the superstar, because he said nobody is harder on him than he is on himself.
“It’s the gift and the curse of the bar that you’ve set,” he said. “You get all the praise when things are going well and obviously it’s something to talk about when I don’t meet that level.
“It’s not so much the commentary, because when I walk off the court I’m the first one to judge the way that I played,” he continued. “And I understand when I don’t meet that level and try to deal with the frustration when that happens over a consistent period of time.”
Curry sparked the Warriors to their sixth consecutive win, while Houston extended its skid at home to 11 straight games.
The Warriors were clinging to a four-point lead in the fourth when Curry scored the next five points to make it 113-104 with four minutes left. He made a basket in the lane before hitting a 3 from the corner to allow Golden State to pull away.
“We’ve seen Steph do that a million times,” coach Steve Kerr said. “It was bound to happen even though it’s been a couple of weeks or whatever. Not surprising but fun to see … him shake free and have a game like he did.”
Curry made seven 3-pointers, with four in the fourth quarter, and had nine assists and five rebounds. His 21 fourth-quarter points…