Stephen Curry returns to find Golden State Warriors' defense much improved

Warriors coach Bruce Fraser says Steph Curry made 3-pointers at recent practice

Warriors coach Bruce Fraser says Steph Curry made 3-pointers at recent practice

The Hornets took advantage of the Warriors sloppy play as they scored 32 points off of turnovers.

Through their first 12 games in December, the Warriors led the National Basketball Association in several defensive categories per game, including blocks (8.4), defensive rebounds (36.4) and opponent field-goal percentage (41.7).

Warriors: The Warriors' 141 points are the most scored against the Grizzlies ever by any opponent. "This is something we have to get better moving forward".

Kerr is hopeful the extended rest for his star point guard now to get fully healthy will benefit Curry down the stretch and in the postseason for the defending champions.

Curry, who had been out since December 4 with an ankle injury, returned Saturday to score 38 points on 10-of-13 shooting from beyond the arc in a 141-128 win over the Grizzlies.

"They just did it a different way", Curry said.

New Orleans was led by Davis, who scored 31 points, and by DeMarcus Cousins, who had 29 points and 19 rebounds.

The Warriors continued to push pace in the second quarter as they built up a comfortable lead, even without Green thanks to a first-quarter ejection. David West posted 10 points, six rebounds, one steal and one block off the bench, and Draymond Green added eight points, 11 rebounds, 16 assists and three blocks.

Kerr said the difference was an old story. "He made 94 out of 100 (three-point tries)". "What's discouraging is just so many of them feel careless and silly and pointless".

"If all goes well, I expect him to play Saturday".

"It's just plays that you make", Curry said. Golden State kept their foot on the pedal in the third quarter, pouring in 38 more points. "We didn't bring the juice". You've got to be feeling better, right? The Dubs had 37 assists and an offensive rating of 154.8, including a whopping 165.3 points per 100 possessions and a pace of 100.35 in Curry's 25-plus minutes. Head coach Steve Kerr wanted to play Curry in four short spurts, as Golden State imposed a minutes limit on its star point guard. "I talked to him today and he was feeling good".

Well then, we didn't see this one coming.

Kevin Durant, who put up godly numbers without Curry, took just 12 shots, deferring to the returning MVP-though he did still finish with 20 points and nine assists.

Nonetheless, Kerr has provided good coaching during his three-year span with the Warriors. "It's good to have him in the building, but it's more fun to have him on the floor".

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