It would be understandable if Stephen Curry boomed with arrogance after he scored 16 of his game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter of the Warriors' 106-99 comeback win over the Clippers on Monday.
But Jarrett Jack made sure to check his backcourt mate's confidence before leaving the postgame locker room. With Curry encompassed by reporters, Jack sneaked by the horde and fired off, "Yeah, but his dance on the sideline was terrible."
After hitting three fourth-quarter three-pointers that helped erase a seven-point deficit and gave the Warriors an 88-86 lead with 7:01 remaining, Curry raised both hands and then gave an emphatic fist pump to Oracle Arena's 10th consecutive sellout crowd.
After a pinpoint, one-handed bounce pass split two defenders and found Jack for a layup a minute later, Curry tried to dance his way toward the timeout huddle.
Shooting: check. Passing: check. Dancing: not so much.
"I need to practice it, I guess," said Curry, who made 9 of 14 shots and had his 11th career game with at least six three-pointers. "I'm just having fun playing the game and making the onus to enjoy myself."
The Warriors (25-15) had plenty to enjoy after beating the Clippers for the third time in four meetings and moving six games back of the Pacific Division leaders. The Clippers (32-10) had won four in a row and seven of eight games since losing 115-94 on Jan. 2 at Oracle.
"That's a young team that's improving, for sure, but we have our sights set on trying to play in June," said Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, who had his league-leading 16th 20-point game. "I'm not saying they don't, but we're looking at bigger goals than celebrating everything."
Jack scored four points, sandwiched around an Eric Bledsoe layup, to cut the deficit to 95-94 with 3 1/2 minutes left. After Chris Paul missed a three-point try, Curry's sixth assist found Carl Landry for a layup and a 96-95 lead in the final three minutes.
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Warriors beat Clippers for 3rd time
San Francisco Chronicle | Jan 22