Stephen Curry
Nets-Warriors Preview
Stephen Curry

Nets-Warriors Preview

Published Nov. 14, 2015 2:26 a.m. ET

(AP) - Stephen Curry hardly keeps track of how many 3-pointers he's putting up on a given night. His mindset is: See a chance and let it fly.

So, how about if he's on a record pace for 3s by season's end?

''I always believe 3 is better than 2,'' Curry said with a smile after a recent game. ''If I can knock `em down, I'm sure that will help our team kind of open up games and it's kind of deflating for a defense. I know it is for us when a guy gets hot on the other side.''

The reigning NBA MVP has had a hot hand so far this season while playing for the league's most dominant team. The defending champions appear to be even better than they were during their 67-win title run as they try to stay unbeaten Saturday night against the visiting Brooklyn Nets.


Curry is determined to show the rest of the league he's a far more polished player, capable of spectacular performances and leading the new-and-improved Warriors during another special season.

''I'm always confident. I'm not really surprised when I do something crazy,'' Curry said. ''That's how I practice is the way I play out there, and trying to let that show.''

Curry's sensational start has his name mentioned in the same breath as Michael Jordan, and interim Warriors coach Luke Walton projects he'll be the best shooter of all time. That is, if he isn't already there.

''I think he's setting the new standard as a shooter in this league,'' Walton said.

The 27-year-old has hit 52 of 110 from long range through 10 games in his seventh NBA season, putting him on pace for 426. That would shatter his record set last season of 286 on 646 attempts.

The Warriors won 129-116 at Minnesota on Thursday night for the best start in franchise history, becoming the fourth team to begin a season at least 10-0 immediately after capturing a championship.

Curry led the way with 46 points and hit 8 of 13 from 3-point range, giving him 24 more 3-pointers than any player ever through the first 10 games of the season. With 333 points, he's scored the most in that span of any player since Jordan's 338 to begin the 1992-93 season.

The two-time All-Star has averaged 24.5 points while sinking 21 of 46 (45.7 percent) from beyond the arc over his last six meetings with the Nets. He hit six 3s in the most recent matchup March 2 when Brooklyn earned a split of the season series with a 110-108 home win.

Curry had scored 18 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, including a tying bucket, as the Warriors rallied back from a 10-point deficit with under four minutes remaining. Jarrett Jack, however, made the winning jumper with 1.1 seconds left for Brooklyn.

Jack also finished with 23 points while making all 10 of his field-goal attempts in a 107-99 loss at Golden State on Nov. 13, 2014. He had 21 points and 12 assists in Friday's 111-109 loss at Sacramento in the third stop on this four-game western trip.

''I thought it was a game we had control for the most majority,'' Jack said. ''But we weren't able to stop the run they made in the second half.''

Brook Lopez added 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Thaddeus Young had 16 and nine as the Nets dropped to 1-8.

Golden State's Draymond Green, who had 23 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds Thursday, has totaled 35 points and 18 boards in his last two home meetings with Brooklyn.


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