HOUSTON -– One of the hazards of celebrity is the occasional confrontation with an agitator. Stephen Curry encountered such a run-in Saturday night and did not allow the sins of a courtside jester go unpunished.
Curry was marvelous in the Warriors’ 115-80 rout of the Rockets at Toyota Center, so marvelous that when the crowd grew restless a few irritated fans decided to unload on the MVP.
Curry’s response was as expected. In leading the Warriors to a 3-0 series lead in the Western Conference Finals, he scored 40 points, including 4-of-4 3-pointers in the third quarter to silence a particularly persistent pest.
Curry even acknowledged the fellow with a G-rated comeback.
“That’s the fun with playoff basketball on the road,” Curry said. “You’ve got hecklers and guys up close that paid a lot of money for those seats that want to get their money’s worth.”
One particular “fan,” sitting courtside near the baseline at the Warriors end of the floor in the third quarter, yelled some invective – “a four letter word I can’t repeat,” according to Curry – in Curry’s direction. He drilled a 3-pointer, turned and gave the fellow some polite advice.
“That’s the one I turned around and kind of said ‘Sit down.’ Just having fun with him and go about my business, get back on defense,” Curry said. “If they want to take, hopefully they can take some back in my fashion.”
By the end of third quarter, most of those at Toyota Center were in no mood to talk. The place got quiet, followed by a procession toward the exits.
Curry had muffled another road crowd, something he enjoys as much than anything he does on the basketball court.