Despite having to leave in the fourth quarter of the Golden State Warriors‘ victory after spraining his right ankle Saturday night, Stephen Curry said he’s not worried about his status for Monday’s home game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Stephen Curry scored 35 points on 13-for-18 shooting and recorded eight assists in the Warriors’ 101-92 home win over the Wizards.
The only other NBA player in the last two seasons to put up at least 35 points and eight assists while shooting at least 70 percent from the floor is James Harden, who did it against the Trail Blazers last month (35 points, 11 assists, 13-for-16).
The last Golden State player to do that was Chris Mullin, against the Kings on Nov. 22, 1989 (37 points, 9 assists, 12-for-16).
– Elias Sports Bureau
“I’m fine,” Curry, who scored 35 points against the Wizards on Saturday, told reporters after the game. “Don’t worry about my ankle. It’s just another episode. I’ll get through it like I usually do. I’ve just got to get my treatment.
“But you have to be smart at this point of the season. Fighting through something when youre not ready, when you have bigger things coming down the stretch, you have to be smart. We know the Lakers are coming, and theyre right behind us and need that game.”
The Warriors (40-31) are sixth in the Western Conference and lead the Lakers, who occupy the eighth spot, by 2 games.
Curry departed with 6:03 left in the game after turning his ankle after being fouled hard by Cartier Martin while driving toward the hoop. X-rays taken on his ankle were negative.
“It was just kind of a bang-bang play,” Curry said of Martin’s foul. “I know Cartier didn’t have any malicious intent. Unfortunately, it ended that way.”
Curry was on a tear up to that point, hitting 13 of 18 shots — including 6 of 10 from 3-point range — and dishing out a game-high eight assists in Golden State’s 101-92 victory.
“Night in and night out, he’s the best player on the floor,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “It’s special to see, because when you play with players like that, it elevates everybody else and makes them believe we can win, because we’ve got the baddest dude on the floor.”
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
This article was originally posted on ESPN.com