NEW YORK -– The Splash Brothers came to town hoping to rain jump shots upon the Big Apple.
They instead showered tiny ice cubes upon the NBA All-Star Game –- and not just because of the near-zero temperatures on Sunday.
Curry and Thompson, the first Warriors duo to start the All-Star Game since 1967, combined to shoot 8-of-27, including 4-of-19 from 3-point distance. And this one night after both were finalists in the 3-point shootout eventually won by Curry.
"We were egging each other along in the 3-point contest," Curry said after the 163-158 win by the West. "And it was really cool to see how that unfolded with us being in the finals and him having the opportunity at the end to top my number.
"Fast forward to tonight, where we're both in the starting lineup, and it's pretty special."
Thompson played 20 minutes and finished with 7 points on 2-of-11 shooting, including 1-of-9 from deep.
Curry played 27 minutes, finishing with 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting, including 3-of-10 from beyond the arc.
The cold shooting by the Splash Brothers was unrelated to the fact that the Warriors staff, led by head coach Steve Kerr, served as coaches for the West in the game before 17.198 at Madison Square Garden.
"I had no plan," Kerr said, grinning. "It's an All-Star Game. It was just roll out the ball and let them play. Everybody likes to shoot 3-pointers."
Rather, Kerr indicated, half-seriously, that he might have withheld a few strategies the Warriors might use over the final two months of the regular season.
"I purposely didn't want to give away all of our calls that we make in Oakland," he said, twinkle in his eye. "So I was really withholding all our secrets that we run.
"So we're really going to confuse everybody down the stretch."
Perhaps. But he's going to need much better shooting from the Splash Brothers.