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The reason Warriors star Stephen Curry played with a hurt ankle vs. Sixers

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Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors traveled to play Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday. This game featured two of the NBA’s MVP contenders in a nationally televised skirmish. But facing Embiid wasn’t what motivated Curry to play despite his recently injured ankle. Did playing against younger brother Seth Curry do the trick?

“For sure. It would have taken a lot for me not to play,” Stephen Curry told ClutchPoints.

Seth came out hot in the first quarter, scoring a quick seven points, with big brother Stephen still finding his rhythm. But the two-time MVP, easily the hottest player in the NBA right now, didn’t go scoreless for long. He finished the first period with a personal 11-0 run.

“Every single time he disarms me and gets under my skin, especially in that first, you know, five, six minutes, I couldn’t figure it out. He came out with that look and got one right in my face on the wing,” said Stephen Curry, who rolled his ankle in their tough loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday.

The two brothers battled it out in the second quarter as well. Both have been knocking down 3-pointers at a high rate this season and throughout their careers. Steph finished the half with 20 points on 4-of-8 shooting from downtown, while Seth had 15 points and shot 3-of-5 from behind the arc.

In the second half, Stephen pulled away from his younger competition. He went ballistic, scoring 29 points to Seth’s zero. Although Seth didn’t score in the second portion of the game, it was still intriguing to watch the brothers compete against each other.

“It was just like old times,” said Stephen Curry.

Steph took to Instagram after the game to post about playing against his brother:

 

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Stephen Curry finished the game with 49 points to stretch his streak of 30-point games to 11. The Warriors left with a victory as well, winning 107-96. It was the 10th time the brothers played head-to-head, and it’s quite clear who has all the bragging rights.