Reigning NBA MVP and otherwordly shooter Stephen Curry returned to action for the defending champion Golden State Warriors. But his return was temporary — and the well-rounded Warriors didn’t really need him. This is bad news for Warriors opponents, and happy news for Warriors fans. Going into halftime tied with a Houston Rockets team that suddenly looked as if it could give Golden State a run, the Warriors emerged from the locker room to obliterate Houston. A 56-56 halftime score became a 121-94 drumming.
The Warriors shot 51.7% from the field in the win, led by Andre Iguodala’s 9-of-11. Curry, in the rarest of off-nights, shot 2-of-9 and 1-of-7 from three. His fellow splash brother Klay Thompson knocked down 7 of his 11 three-point tries. Curry was injured again just before halftime and didn’t return. The Warriors surge, including an NBA playoff record 21 three-pointers, happened without him.