SAN FRANCISCO – Magic coach Steve Clifford made sure he got a pregame moment with Stephen Curry, who is from Charlotte where Clifford used to work and is friends with the superstar's father, Dell.
Curry proceeded to go off on Orlando shortly thereafter.
Curry knocked down 10 3-pointers on the way to 40 points and also contributed eight rebounds and five assists, leading the Golden State Warriors past the undermanned Magic 111-105 on Thursday night.
“I just told him he looks great, he looks quick, he looks healthy, he looks like he’s loving it,” Clifford said. “He’s playing as well or better than he was before.”
Curry finished 10 for 19 from deep — even having one taken away by a replay review after the third quarter. The two-time MVP has made at least four 3-pointers in a career-best 13 straight games.
“It is routine, which is the crazy part of it. You just come to expect it,” coach Steve Kerr said. "These 3s that he hits when there’s nothing there offensively and he just uses his dribble to free himself up, not exactly with a ton of space just a few inches of space, then he rises up and you expect every one of them to go in, it’s just crazy."
Orlando was already missing four key players, then lost guard Frank Mason III to a strained right groin early in the game.
Draymond Green dished out 11 assists as Golden State returned home with a 2-2 record on their road trip through Texas, splitting two-game sets with both the Mavericks and Spurs — with the two losses by a combined seven points.