Sorry, Dad: Stephen Curry goes for 40 on Dell's night
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte Hornets broadcaster Dell Curry told his son before Wednesday night's game, "do not ruin my night."
"He didn't make any guarantees," Curry said with a smile.
Actually, Stephen Curry ignored his father altogether. The reigning MVP scored 40 points in three quarters and the Golden State Warriors easily defeated the Hornets 116-99 to extend the best start in NBA history to 20-0.
On a night when the Hornets honored Dell Curry, the franchise's career scoring leader, with a "key to Buzz City," it was his oldest son who stole the spotlight by hitting 14 of 18 shots from the field and going 8-for-11 from three-point range.
Stephen Curry, who grew up in Charlotte and starred at nearby Davidson College, scored 28 points in the pivotal third quarter.
•NOT DONE JUST YET: Kobe Bryant scored 12 of his season-high 31 points in the fourth quarter of his final game in Washington to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Wizards.
•REJUVENATION, PART II: Tim Duncan had 16 points and 10 rebounds in 19 minutes, and the host San Antonio Spurs remained undefeated at home with a 95-70 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
•NEVER-SAY-DIE RAPTORS: Kyle Lowry scored 22 of his season-high 31 points in the fourth quarter and the visiting Toronto Raptors rallied from 17 down in the third to beat the Atlanta Hawks 96-86.
•MR. DECEMBER: Reggie Jackson scored 24 of his 34 points after halftime, and the Detroit Pistons rallied from 16 down in the fourth quarter to beat the Phoenix Suns 127-122 in overtime in Auburn Hills, Mich.