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Rookie Curry gets going after painful first half

Rookie Curry gets going after painful first half
LAS VEGAS Stephen Curry showed the Warriors staff something on Saturday.

His left ankle was hurting. His shot wasn't falling. His defense was suspect.

"But he never dropped his head," said Warriors assistant coach Keith Smart, who is coaching the Warriors' summer league installment at UNLV. "He showed a lot of poise."

Curry scored 27 of his 29 points in the second half, including all six Warriors points in overtime. His scoring outburst, next to another dominant performance by second-year forward Anthony Randolph (24 points, 10-for-13 shooting, 11 rebounds, five blocks), was enough to give the Warriors a 98-95 overtime win over the Sacramento Kings.

With 6:55 left in the first quarter, Curry tweaked his left ankle, which he first sprained at practice Thursday night. He returned some three minutes later, but he struggled. He was 0-for-8 with two points in the first half, with many easy shots rolling in and out.

But in the second half, he showed some life.

It was Randolph who got Curry going. Randolph had back-to-back emphatic rejections (one on Kings rookie guard Tyreke Evans and the other on second-year forward Jason Thompson), the latter leading to a Warriors fast break. Curry capped the sequence with a pull-up 3-pointer.

"I have never seen that," Curry said of Randolph's blocks. "You don't see those kind of plays at Davidson. The crowd got into it and you could feel the intensity of the game. I like those moments."

Curry excited the crowd again moments later with a hanging reverse layup in traffic. He capped a 19-5 Warriors run in the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer then a steal and a fast-break layup. Golden State led 91-87 with 2:04 left.

Third musketeer

Randolph, guard Anthony Morrow and Curry were supposed to be a formidable trio this summer league. But Morrow has missed the first two games with a sprained left ankle.

Saturday, second-year swingman Cartier Martin filled the offensive void, finishing with 27 points on 7-for-15 shooting.

He nailed 3-pointers on consecutive possessions that helped steal momentum from Sacramento. He has 40 points on 12-for-26 shooting with eight rebounds over the first two games.

There is a noted flaw in Martin's performances so far. In both games, he missed clutch free throws. Saturday, he missed a free throw in the final seconds, allowing Evans to tie the game with a driving layup and force overtime.

Off glass

Second-year big man Jermareo Davidson, who struggled in 19 minutes of action Friday, spent most of the game on the bench Saturday. He played nine minutes, going scoreless on two shots with two rebounds. He is not in shape, having spent the offseason recovering from a stress fracture in his left foot. He said his foot is healed and healthy, but his left knee is giving him problems. Former Cal center Jamal Sampson and rookie big man Conor Atchley filled in, their first appearances of summer league. Sampson started and went scoreless with five rebounds in 10 minutes. Atchley had nine points, three rebounds and two blocks in 15 minutes. ... Guard Acie Law went scoreless with three assists in 12 minutes. But he played enough to show he has a connection with Randolph. Law, on a first-half fast break, found Randolph out of nowhere for a dunk. It was the fourth time in two games that he set Randolph up for a dunk. ... Warriors general manager Larry Riley said Morrow's injury is only a small setback. He said Morrow needs five-on-five action, but he thinks three summer league games and Morrow's participation in assistant coach Tim Grgurich's popular camp will do the trick.

Marcus Thompson II

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