After Warriors come out flat, Curry, Durant take over
The Warriors can print all the “Strength in Numbers” T-shirts they want.
Sometimes, they simply need their scorers — the MVPs, the big shots — to take control.
Curry (40) and Durant (34) combined for 74 points, propelling their team to a 113-111 win.
“Without those guys, we wouldn’t have been in the position we were in to make big plays down the stretch,” guard Shaun Livingston said.
Curry struggled in the first half, as his team did.
[...] it took time for him to find his customary touch from long range.
Curry was 0-for-3 beyond the arc in the first quarter, when he scored only four points.
Over the final three quarters, he scored 36 points and was 7-for-13 on threes.
More than anything, Curry and Durant knew they needed to shoulder a heavier load, given Golden State’s 25-point second-quarter deficit.
[...] if you have situations when there isn’t any flow and you have to make plays, that’s what we are expected to do, Curry said of himself and Durant.
[...] we can’t do what we do without whoever is out there doing their jobs as well, he said.
Curry, for all his wondrous skills, can’t always create his own shot.
Durant, listed at 6-9 but certainly taller, is one of those giants — with mobility and shooting touch to boot.
“This time of year is when you really see what KD brings to the table,” Livingston said.
Sometimes, it’s as easy as getting him the ball and getting the hell out the way.
Durant scored 10 consecutive points for the Warriors during one fourth-quarter stretch: three-pointer, dunk, three-pointer, two-pointer.
“The thing we like more than anything else is KD’s ability to attack the rim, not just in the halfcourt but also in transition,” acting head coach Mike Brown said.
The more aggressive he is, the better we are.
Ron Kroichick is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
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