The noon ET tip-off was more than a little challenging for Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. At first, anyway.
Tied at halftime, the Warriors woke up. Curry and Klay Thompson each finished with seven 3-pointers and the Warriors won their seventh straight game, beating the Orlando Magic 118-98 on Sunday.
This was the first Eastern time zone noon tip for the Warriors since 1995, when they lost by 34 points in Orlando.
“It just challenges you mentally,” Curry said of the early start. “We were talking about it in the locker room before the game. It is early, but it doesn’t matter what time the game is, we have go out and get a win.”
Curry had 14 points as the Warriors outscored Orlando 42-24 in the third quarter. He didn’t play in the fourth period.
Curry went 7-for-13 on 3s and scored 27 points while Thompson as 7-for-9 from behind the arc and had 21 points. The Warriors shot 19-of-42 overall from 3-point range while the Magic went 7-for-28.
After trailing by 11 in the first half and committing a dozen turnovers, the Warriors went into the break even at 50.
“Third quarter was great,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “It seems to be the time when we pick up our defense and it translates into some transition hoops and 3-pointers.”