San Francisco – Stephen scored 47 points on his 34th birthday, Draymond Green returned to the lineup and the big 3 is back! For the first time in two and half years, all three players finally had the chance to play together tonight. The Warriors dominated the Washington Wizards 126-122 for the win.
“It’s great to finally reach this point where “knock on wood” the three of them are healthy,” said Steve Kerr. “Feels like things are coming together well.”
Curry who had been trapped successfully for the past few games was able to return to his style of play and went 16-for-25 from the field (7-of-14 from the arc) with seven 3s. He scored his seventh 40-point game of the season. Curry passed both Antwan Jamison (48th) and Tom Chambers (47th) on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
“Draymond has been our heart and soul for along time and he’s beloved here in the Bay,” Kerr explained.
The chessboard changes with Draymond out there for Steph. Draymond changes everything for us.”
Green returned to a standing ovation when he checked in with 4:40 left in the first period. Green had missed 11 weeks and looked just fine. In 20 minutes he scored 6 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and had 6 assists. Green’s first shot was from the arc and his first assist was to Curry for a 3. Green brings so much energy that Golden State has lacked in many games.
“Rick Scalabrini has been with me the entire 11 weeks that I’ve missed,” said Green. “I felt incredible tonight and probably 90% of that is due to the things that he had me doing. When I was tired he pushed me and for that I’m very thankful because he got me back strong.”
“We know each other like the back of our hand and compliment each other very well, Curry said on playing with Klay and Draymond. “There’s a lot of confidence in that.
Everybody gets to eat. When we’re playing well that’s what we do best.”
The Warriors shot 53.6% from the field and continued their 4-game winning streak. Both Thompson and Jordan Poole score 20 points each. This is the first time in since Thompson’s injury that Curry, Green and Thompson have been on the floor together. Golden State never lost their lead and moved the ball extremely well.
“Looking forward to these future games as well, because we’re gonna rebuild our chemistry and have fun while doing it, appreciate every night we have with each other,” explained Thompson on playing with Green again.
The Warriors will host the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night at 7pm PST.
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