OAKLAND -- Warriors coach Mark Jackson gave his team the day off Sunday. No doubt, he's hoping it doesn't cool off point guard Stephen Curry.
He's had at least 20 points and 10 assists in consecutive games for the first time in his NBA career. He hadn't had double-digit assists in back-to-back games since his rookie season.
Over his last three games, Curry is averaging 20 points, nine assists and 2.3 steals.
"Give our ownership and our front office a lot of credit because there were some people that were saying, 'We know he's a good player, but let's hold off on signing him,' " Jackson said. "We knew exactly who he was as a basketball player, person and face of this franchise. He's playing on a level that we thought he would play at. Leading his team, making plays down the stretch, defending -- it's great to see."
Curry, who's in his fourth season, signed a four-year, $44 million contract extension in October.
The odd/encouraging part about his hot streak is that he isn't exactly hot. During the three-game stretch, he's shooting just 42 percent with 3.3 turnovers. And he's totaled seven rebounds the last three games. He'd been averaging 4.2 before.
How has he been so productive, then? Attack. Attack. Attack.
"I think it's just trying to be aggressive," Curry said. "Picking up the tempo has been a big emphasis for us. In training camp, that was a point of emphasis. But we started off kind of out of rhythm offensively,
Whether he's playing point guard or shooting guard -- Jackson likes to play Curry and backup point guard Jarrett Jack together -- Curry has been diligent about putting pressure on the defense.
At the point, he's getting the ball up the court quickly and looking for quick strikes from guard Klay Thompson and forward David Lee. In the half-court setting, he's living off the high pick-and-roll, getting into the lane and finding his teammates. Of late, the dump-off pass to forward Carl Landry has been a primary target.
With Curry at shooting guard, Golden State takes advantage of his shot. Curry has made 12 of his last 22 from 3-point range (55 percent).
"You just have to be aggressive," Curry said. "Each play, you're trying to make the right play -- whether it's getting open for a shot or making the right play to get it to somebody else that's open to make a shot. We've had good offensive rhythm the last couple games so we've got to keep that going."
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