NBA: Curry Returns To Inspire Warriors As Miami Heat Level Series

Stephen Curry returned from injury to inspire the Warriors to an impressive 132-125 overtime victory over Portland Trailblazers.

Steph Curry has been so fabulous this season and he returned from injury to lead his team to victory
Steph Curry has been so fabulous this season and he returned from injury to lead his team to victory

Playing in his first game since suffering a Grade 1 MCL sprain in the first round two weeks ago, the soon-to-be two-time MVP proved to be just that. Behind a game-high 40 points, including an NBA-record 17 in overtime, to go along with eight assists and nine rebounds, Curry led the golden State Warriors to a 132-125 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night and a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference semifinals.Curry shot 16-of-32 from the field, 5-of-16 from three-point range, and played 37 minutes, which was much more than originally expected after Shaun Livingston who has played tremendously in Curry’s absence was ejected for back-to-back technical fouls late in the first half.But it wasn’t smooth sailing from the get-go. As expected, it took Curry a little while to find his footing. He started 0-of-10 from beyond the arc and the Warriors struggled early. The Blazers jumped out to a 16-2 lead in the first quarter and held on to it to go into the half with a 67-57 lead.

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“I don’t think anybody could have predicted the explosion,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “I figured he’d find his stroke and make a few shots, but that was crazy”.Stephen Curry felt the vibe though,saying he was happy to be finally back on court after the injury, “I love this game, I love playing and love competing. And really, really missed being out there with my teammates,” Curry said. “To help our team get a win tonight and in that fashion, that was a good feeling in that moment to be back on the floor and playing.”To be expected,” he said. “I pride myself in the work I put in in the offseason to get through the 82-game schedule and be fresh for the playoffs. I was off my feet for a week and some change. You obviously lose a little bit but deep down when I got the work the last four days and broke a sweat and put the time in, that helped me get through these 38 minutes”.

Dwyane Wade led Miami Heat to even the series against Toronto Raptors
Dwyane Wade led Miami Heat to even the series against Toronto Raptors

For Portland, Damian Lillard scored a team-high 36 points but shot just 9-of-30 from the field and 5-of-18 from three-point range. C.J. McCollum put up 24 points on 9-of-23 shooting.

In the other game, Dwayne Wade scored 30 points Monday night, including a layup that sent the game to overtime and finished off Miami’s frantic comeback from a nine-point deficit, and the Heat defeated the Toronto Raptors, 94-87, at Miami in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.The series is tied 2-2, heading to Toronto for Game 5 on Wednesday.

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