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Stephen Curry makes explosive return as he hits 10 three-pointers

12 January 2018

The defending champions went 9-2 and had the best defense in the league over that span. It was just one of those games for the Warriors, who did not really seem to be up for that game.

Stephen Curry hoisted his signature tunnel shot, signed a few quick autographs when daughter Riley arrived to greet him and he briefly held his arm around her before turning around to do his all-out hallway sprint as he does night after night. They didn't shoot as many 3-pointers. Curry's absence paved the way for role players like Jordan Bell, Omri Casspi and Nick Young to shoulder bigger offensive loads.

Curry returned to the lineup against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night, and he had the Warriors looking like the Warriors.

Curry's statline had a lot to do with that - 38 points on 13-of-17 shooting from the floor and 10 of 13 from long distance in 26 minutes.

The difference with Curry was palpable from the opening tip.

Golden State's complete and utter lack of energy against the Hornets becomes even more worrisome considering that the Warriors will now head into the tail end of a back-to-back series to host the Memphis Grizzlies in Oakland. Sure, the Warriors have kept right on winning without him - they entered Saturday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies having won nine of the 11 games Curry spent in street clothes. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 114.9 points on 50.7 percent shooting and allowing 104.5 points on 42.7 percent shooting. After the two teams were tied at 53 at halftime, the Hornets took control in the second half as they outscored the Warriors, 58-47 in the final two quarters. By the time it was all said and done, Golden State had those 141 points on almost 59 percent shooting overall and 18 of 33 from 3.

Bradley Beal added 21 points for Washington and Kelly Oubre Jr scored 10 of his 21 in the fourth quarter - when the Wizards turned a nine-point lead into a rout. Go ahead, give him the hockey assist.

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond continued his All-Star form in a 93-79 win over the San Antonio Spurs by scoring 14 points with 21 rebounds and six assists.

Even Zaza Pachulia got a Curry boost. Zaza Pachulia pitched in 17, his high as a Warrior, with ideal shooting from both the field (6-6) and free throw line (5-5) along with eight rebounds and six assists.

He hit four threes in each of the second and third quarters to equal Damian Lillard's previous National Basketball Association season-high of nine, then returned to the game briefly in the fourth quarter to add a 10th.

Stephen Curry makes explosive return as he hits 10 three-pointers