Stephen Curry Made Huge Impact Over Lakers Despite Poor Shooting

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The Golden State Warriors were victorious on NBA opening night. They went into the STAPLES Center and were able to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 121-114 to get their season started on the right foot.

With a score like that, it would be easy to assume that there were a few players that went off on the offensive side of the ball. Stephen Curry would be a good bet for that, but the Los Angeles Lakers were able to hold him in check.

Curry did record the eighth triple-double of his career, scoring 21 points with 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He added three steals as well, but he struggled with his shot, going 5-of-21 from the field and 2-of-8 from 3-point land.

Despite the tough shooting night, the Warriors were still able to come away with an impressive road victory. Five other players scored at least 12 points, three of whom came off the bench.

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It was a great team effort, something Curry acknowledged during his post-game interview when he praised his teammates for getting the job done.

“It means a lot to know that you can make the right play, see the attention, and whether it’s a double-team, triple-team, get rid of it,” Curry said. “And everybody is either a threat to shoot or is going to make the right play, move the ball, high IQ, it’s huge. … I think we always talk about the strength-in-numbers mentality, and how we play and try to create offense is predicated on me drawing attention, moving the ball. If everybody buys into the fact we don’t know who it’s going to be every night, we don’t know [whether] it’s going to be their game, but everybody is going to contribute to that style, it should be a good season.”

The Warriors have relied heavily upon Stephen Curry in recent seasons with Klay Thompson sidelined by injuries. He has proven that he can still carry a team and play at an MVP level, but it is encouraging to know that his teammates are capable of helping pick up the slack as well.

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Jordan Poole got hot in the second half, finishing with 20 points. Nemanja Bjelica had as good of a debut as Golden State could have hoped for, scoring 15 points to go with 11 rebounds and four assists off the bench.

If the Golden State Warriors can get consistent performances like that from their supporting cast, they are going to be a tough team to beat this season.