MINNEAPOLIS—Stephen Curry dribbled across mid-court in the third quarter and went into a trademark crouch as he started to break down Andre Miller.
As Curry rose to take the shot, the 39-year-old Miller somehow got a hand on the ball and jarred it loose.
But the reigning MVP still managed to gather himself in the air and fire a one-handed, shot-put style three-pointer that splashed through.
“I was still kind of in rhythm,” Curry smirked. “It was just kind of a low release.”
Curry scored 46 points, including 21 in the first quarter, as the Golden State Warriors improved to 10-0 with a 129-116 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves last night.
Nothing the defending champions have seen this season has been able to throw them off as they have surged to the best start in franchise history.
Curry hit 15-of-25 shots, including eight-of-13 three-pointers, in another breathtaking performance.
Draymond Green had 23 points, 12 assists, and eight rebounds for the Warriors, who are the fourth defending champion to start the season with at least 10-straight wins.
“When you get up on him [Curry], he just shoots the ball from farther,” noted Timberwolves’ forward Shabazz Muhammad, who scored 16 points.
“It looked like he was shooting it from dang near half-court.”
Karl-Anthony Towns had 17 points and 11 rebounds while Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points for the Timberwolves (4-4), who have lost all four home games this season.
Ricky Rubio missed his second-straight game with a strained left hamstring.
The Warriors went 18-for-38 from three-point range while Minnesota was just 3-for-9.
The Warriors opened defence of their title as emphatically as possible—using potshots from the likes of the Houston Rockets and L.A. Clippers as fuel while blowing the doors off the league.
Curry has led the charge—shooting with a precision and range never before seen in this league.
A human heat check, Curry has broken the NBA record for three-pointers made in a season in each of the last two years, and is on pace to smash it again this year.
He has topped 40 points in a game three times this season and his 52 “threes” are more than three teams have made all season.
One night after scoring 28 in a win over Memphis, Curry was 4-for-5 from deep in the first quarter and pushed the Warriors to a 10-0 lead before the game was 90 seconds old.
“It seems like those guys, when you make a mistake, they punish you,” said Wolves’ interim coach Sam Mitchell.
Last year, Russell Westbrook led the NBA with four 20-point quarters. Curry already has four in 10 games.
He hit consecutive three-pointers in the third quarter—one from three feet behind the arc for a 97-76 lead.
But the Timberwolves didn’t go away, ripping off an 18-2 run to pull within five early in the fourth quarter.
Curry followed with a “three” and a pull-up jumper before Klay Thompson buried another “three” from the corner to push the lead back to double digits.
“He’s always in attack mode,” interim coach Luke Walton said of Curry.
“And he’s definitely playing at an MVP level again right now.”
Elsewhere in the NBA, Miami nipped Utah 92-91 and Phoenix beat the L.A. Clippers 118-104.