LOS ANGELES — Amusingly, Klay Thompson was close to grabbing the rebound with 41.9 seconds left in the game that went on to give Stephen Curry a triple-double.
“Let him get it!” Draymond Green yelled out.
And so Curry got it, giving the Warriors star guard a moment to remember as his 30 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists helped the team clinch a playoff berth for a second straight season.
Like they have all season, the Warriors rode Curry to victory, this one a . They weren’t messing around after dropping yet another home game in a stunning loss to Denver the previous night that prevented them from clinching.
“It’s what superstars do,” coach Mark Jackson said of Curry’s evening. “He’s a guy that was very upset last night after the game. He talked about it, he expressed it, and on top of that, what the special players do is that they do something about it in between the lines.
“His will, his determination, his competitive spirit carried us tonight. Just a big-time victory.”
Curry became the first Warriors player to notch at least four triple-doubles in a single season since Wilt Chamberlain did it 50 years ago.
“Any time you’re on a list with a Hall of Famer, legend is special,” Curry said. “I wear the Warrior uniform with pride. It’s the only one I’ve worn, and I feel at home here. So any time I can do something that hasn’t been done in the franchise in a long time, it means a lot. I just need to go out and play my hardest and try to lead the team where we want to go.”
Wherever the Warriors do go, the All-Star Curry deserves a bulk of the credit for helping change the culture and lead the team to consecutive playoff appearances.
Nobody could ever take that away from him.