Warriors video: Stephen Curry throws insane behind-the-back pass to Kevin Durant
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Steph Curry throws insane behind-the-back pass to Kevin Durant

Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant

Steve Kerr was concerned Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors might be “sleepy” for their matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. Any worries about that possibility coming to fruition vanished after the game’s first few minutes, though, as the two-time defending champions, in full-on playoff mode, jumped out to a 34-8 lead before taking their foot off the gas en route to a 108-90 victory.

Highlights were easy to come by for Golden State in the first quarter. Kevin Durant drained three triples. Draymond Green blocked a three-pointer and got on the floor for multiple loose balls. Alfonzo McKinnie trailed a textbook fast break before finishing with a powerful two-handed slam.

Most eye-popping among them, though? This ridiculous behind-the-back outlet pass from Curry that led to a thunderous slam by Durant.

Sheesh.

The highlight itself makes it easy to ignore the almost equally impressive play Curry made to produce it. How many point guards, after all, could rip the ball from the hands of a seven-footer like it was nothing?

Curry, by the way, was far from his best offensively, going 3-of-14 from the field and 1-of-9 from three while scoring just seven points. He made up for it with 10 rebounds, seven assists, and two-way effort that helped set the tone for his teammates, who easily picked up his scoring slack.

DeMarcus Cousins led Golden State with 21 points, while Durant had 15 points, six rebounds, and eight assists on 5-of-7 shooting. Quinn Cook also had 18 points off the bench for the Warriors, who are now two games ahead of the Denver Nuggets for first in the Western Conference with four left to play.