SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Stephen Curry scored 37 points and set an NBA record for 3-pointers in a month at 85, leading thepast the Sacramento Kings 117-113 on Sunday night.
Kelly Oubre Jr.’s jumper with 1:42 left to put Golden State ahead 112-111 before Richaun Holmes missed free throws at the 1:25 mark, then Draymond Green scored moments later.
Curry shot 11 of 21 with seven more 3-pointers after the two-time MVP rolled his right ankle during Friday’sagainst Denver but didn’t consider it severe or seem hobbled. His April total surpassed James Harden’s NBA record 82 in November 2019.
Green had 14 rebounds and 13 assists in the Warriors‘ fourth. That matches the team’s longest of the season at Chase Center, where Golden State drew 3,252 fans – up from 1,935 on Friday in the first game fans returned.
Harrison Barnes had 23 points and seven rebounds against his, and Buddy Hield scored 25 to lead the Kings, who had won four of five in the series.
137-106 at Chase Center on Jan. 4 but had lost four of seven in the rivalry at home.
Sacramento center Holmes returned from a five-game absence with a strained right hamstring and contributed 11 points and five rebounds.
TOUGH ON THOMPSON
Klay Thompson is close to running again as he rehabs from surgery for a torn right Achilles tendon. Hefrom the recent road trip to work with the Warrior’s director of sports medicine and performance, Rick Celebrini. On a special night, to Chase Center, coach Steve Kerr spoke to Curry’s injured Splash Brother at halftime of Friday’s game against the Nuggets. Kerr sensed it was tough for Thompson, given how badly he wanted to be on the floor.
Thompson looked emotional on the sideline, and Curry could be seen speaking to him.
“He did have a tough game. I think it was largely because the, and my observation anyway is that it hit him hard how much he’s missing and has lost over the last year and a half,” Kerr said. “It’s not an easy thing to deal with. The good news is rehab’s going well. … Klay has had his passion and love for the game ripped away from him for almost two years. It’s wild. That’s not easy to deal with.”
Kings: Holmes started, though on minutes restriction – theabout 20 minutes, and he wound up at about 22. … The Kings are 5-9 on the road against the West.
Warriors: Green had five assists in the first quarter andin the opening 12 minutes. Green picked up a technical 3:26 before halftime. … F Eric Paschall (left strain) has resumed playing 3-on-3 in practice. … Golden State also won four at home from Feb. 15-Mar. 14.
Last spring, Curry placed a FaceTimeto ICU nurse Shelby Delaney and her colleagues at Oakland’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center after learning she was wearing his No. 30 jersey under her scrubs as inspiration to get through each trying day of the pandemic.
Delaney wore the uniform again – inside, it reads ‘I Can Do All Things’ – as she and husband Robert Crowley sat on the floor for Sunday’s game after a seasonwho couldn’t attend gifted her the seats.
“It uplifted a lot of folks, like all the other nurses, the other staff members, everyone got a lot of joy out of that,” Delaney shared of that call with the two-time MVP. “People told me that helped boost morale around here a lot.”
Kings: Host Dallas on Monday night, having won the last two atbefore the Mavericks go to Golden State.
Warriors: Host Mavericks on Tuesday night, having lost six of eight to Dallas and the last three at home.
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