Stephen Curry does not need any further motivation right now.
The early season runaway MVP favorite produced his latest monster performance on Sunday afternoon against the LA Clippers, providing a viral moment in the process.
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Golden State improved to 18-2 with the 105-90 win, as Curry poured in 33 points to go along with six assists and six steals, finishing 7-for-13 from the 3-point line.
The viral moment of the night came with just over nine minutes remaining in the contest, when Curry appeared to be fouled by Terance Mann on an attempted lay-up. With no whistle blown, an enraged Curry let his thoughts be known, with the official quickly assessing a technical foul for the protest.
Playing angry seems to be another way to get Curry cooking, with the superstar guard scoring 11 points down the stetch, including three consecutive triples between the 6:36 and 5:21 mark, as the Warriors opened up a 95-77 lead to ice the game.
After burying the last of those, Curry sarcastically made the technical foul sign in the direction of the official, in one of the more hilarious moments of the season.
Postgame, Draymond Green admitted that he sense a Curry explosion could be on the cards after his emotional response resulted in a technical foul.
“You saw the flurry coming,” Green said postgame. “I was telling Jordan Poole, he about to put this one up. He started putting them up. It’s good to watch.”
Head coach Steve Kerr admitted the emotional response was rare for Curry.
“That’s as upset as I’ve seen Steph in a long time,” Kerr said. “It seemed to get him going. Whatever it takes I guess.”
“He clearly got fouled. Steph is so competitive. When he knows he got fouled, especially on a play like that in transition where it’s out in the open and easy to see and he doesn’t get the call. Every once and awhile he’s going to snap. He doesn’t do it often but when he knows he’s right the competitor comes out and he’ll lose his mind a little bit but it often spurs him like it did in this instance.”
The Clippers were probably glad at the time when Curry didn’t get the call he thought he deserved.
By the end of the night they probably wish the whistle had blown.