Steph Curry celebrates birthday with 47 points vs. Wizards

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The birthday boy couldn’t be stopped on Monday night.

While Dub Nation might have eagerly been awaiting the return of Draymond Green entering the evening, the building was buzzing because of Steph Curry by the end of it. On the evening of his 34th birthday, Steph exploded for 47 points in a 126-112 win over the Washington Wizards.

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With 3:14 left, Steph had the Chase Center crowd on its feet chanting “M-V-P! M-V-P!” during a free-throw attempt. The next time he was at the charity stripe, they showered him with chants of “HAP-PY BIRTH-DAY!”

Curry erupted after halftime by scoring 27 of his points. He was so hot in the fourth quarter that the fans booed when he went to the bench for the final time with 1:57 remaining. The crowd wanted to see more of the Steph show but they definitely got their money’s worth Monday night.

Curry said he loved the opportunity to lace ‘em up with Draymond and Klay Thompson together for the first time in 1,005 days.

"We know each other like the back of our hand and compliment each other very well,” Curry said. “There’s a lot of confidence in that.”

As Curry detailed last week on Andre Iguodala’s podcast, he often enters the “Wardell” zone when he feels supreme, irrational confidence. The Wizards got Wardell'd hard.

You could tell that Curry loved having Draymond back on the floor. Two of Green’s first three offensive possessions resulted in assists on Curry 3-pointers. In fact, all seven of Curry's 3-pointers came with Green on the floor.

“It changed for Steph right away as soon as Draymond got out there,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “I think he had an assist to him five seconds in. The chessboard changes with Draymond out there with Steph. Everything looks and feels a little bit different and it’s tougher to navigate defensively for our opponent.”

Steph’s big performance came on the heels of a game when he attempted just seven shots and finished with eight points while playing a role as decoy for Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole. He didn’t take a backseat to anyone on Monday night, though. He finished 16-of-25 from the field with some wild finishes, 7-of-14 from 3-point land and dished out six assists while grabbing six boards.

The contest marked Steph’s second-highest scoring game of the season behind his 50 burger against the Atlanta Hawks on Nov. 8. Curry has made a habit of putting up big games on his birthday, as he has averaged 29.4 points in seven career contests on March 14.

Curry said he’s looking forward to playing more with Green, who was limited to 20 minutes, and Thompson down the stretch run of the season.

“It’s built on 10 years of experience and chemistry and winning and understanding of how we do things,” Curry said. “No matter how much time we have off, we can get right back to it. It’s crazy to think that it’s the first time me, Klay and Draymond have been on the court in a very, very long time. You wanna keep building on that.”