Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry lit up the Houston Rockets on Monday night. Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. was determined to lead the Rockets to a win so he figured out to start trash talking Curry. Porter's attempt to get in the head of Curry didn't go well as Curry scored 21 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Warriors to a 122-108 win.
The Warriors and Rockets also met 10 days ago and the Warriors won after Curry hit a game-winner over Porter. Porter had a double-double of 17 points and 11 assists but that wasn't enough for the Rockets to beat the Warriors on Monday night.
"It's a nice game within the game," Curry said, according to ESPN. "It's not the first time and it won't be the last time. I started bringing it to another level. You always have it, but you definitely bring another level of competitiveness when you have fun stuff like that.
I take it all as entertainment, but sometimes you need a little boost." Curry admitted that Porter Jr. trash talking him fueled him a little bit. "I don't react, but it's a little adrenaline rush," Curry said.
"Whatever gas that's got to go in the tank to get you out of a low point I'll take."
Porter respects Curry
Porter tried to trash talk Curry on the floor but he still has a great respect for the Warriors' star guard.
After the game, Porter went to Curry to ask him for some advice. Curry is one of the most accomplished players in NBA history and a perfect player to ask for an advice. "I went up to him and I asked him for some pointers," Porter said, according to the Houston Chronicle.
"Being MVP, first unanimous, that's someone I can learn from. He's been doing this for so long. People get comfortable with what he's capable of doing. It's not really a surprise. But seeing him play like this is definitely something to learn from."
Curry found himself in a bit of a slump recently but he torched the Rockets on Monday. "You always feel like the next shot is going to start the vibe like that," Curry said. "Obviously, it's no secret how I've been shooting the ball recently. But the confidence is always like, it takes just one to ignite a night like that in the fourth quarter."