Sometimes a players performance doesnt quite sink in untila little bit after. Which is what Stephen Currys game against Dallas just did.The boxscore will say Curry had 31 pointson 9-for-21 fromthe field, including 3-for-7 from 3-point rangeand nine assists in 43minutes in the Warriors 105-101 overtime win against the Mavericks. And thatscertainly a nice game.But it doesnt really capture the impact Curry had on thegame. Currys had big games before, but hes never had one like thiswhere hetook over a game late and brought home a win for the Warriors.In short, it was the best game of Currys NBA career. Howcould it not be? Of the Warriors 15 overtime points, Curry had a hand in 13of them. He had six points and three assists in overtime, including aspoon-feed to David Lee with 31 seconds left, which put the Warriors up two andwas the games biggest basket.The only two points he wasnt in on were two meaninglessfree throws inside of 10 seconds. Other than that, heres how Currys overtimebasically went: bucket, assist, assist, two foul shots, assist, two foul shots.Truth be told, Curry did miss a shot in there and commit aturnover so it wasnt quite perfection.But Curry might have been even better at the end of regulation.In fact, after he tweaked his ankle with 8:07 remaining in the fourth quarteron a drive, he was by far the best player on the courtand that includedDallas O.J. Mayo, who was doing some things of his own.Curry scored the teams last eight points in regulation, andthey were all must-haves. His jumper with six minutes left put the Warriors upone; His two foul shots with four-and-a-half minutes left tied the game at 84,and two more free throws 50 seconds later pulled Golden State withinone.His foul-line jumper put the Warriors up 90-88 with 1:57left.Taking Currys play back a little further, youll find thathe had a hand in 16 of the Warriors last 17 points of the fourth quarter14points and an assist in the last eight-plus minutes.He also had two steals in the final eight minutes ofregulation.On top of all that, if you take a look at Currys oppositenumber, Darren Collison, youll find that he didnt play very well, to say theleast.Collison finished with seven points on 2-for-11 shooting,five assists and five turnovers in 38 minutes. Now, all of that wasnt Curry,of course, but some of it had to be.Which means in addition to making virtually every big playin the last 13 minutes of a big road win, Curry also shut down the opposingpoint guard.That would have to be Currys best-ever game as aWarrior.
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