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NBA Star Power Index: Stephen Curry slowly heating up

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Cross your fingers, but Curry might be breaking out of his career-worst shooting slump. Having missed 95 of his previous 135 3-point attempts, Curry knocked down 7-of-14 triples in a 40-point showing against the Rockets on Monday. He scored 21 of those points in the fourth quarter. It marked the highest scoring fourth quarter of Curry’s career and the 37th time he has scored at least 20 points in any single quarter, passing Kobe Bryant for the NBA record.

These Curry flurries in which he turns scorching hot with the proverbial flip of a switch, which used to be a fairly regular occurrence, have become all-too scarce, but he hit four straight shots to start the game against Dallas last Tuesday and had another stretch of four straight makes against the Timberwolves last Thursday. On Monday, Curry hit five straight fourth-quarter jumpers in what was the first real stretch of shooting that felt like the old human torch.

This isn’t enough evidence that Curry is out of his slump. One game before the 40-point outbreak he went 3 for 10 from deep against the Nets. We’ll need to see this consistently for at least a few more games. But there’s no doubt he looks confident again, while the Warriors have won eight of their last 10 and continue to own the league’s second-best record.

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