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Stephen Curry racks up 40 points in opener

Stephen Curry racks up 40 points in opener

NBA MVP Stephen Curry showed in a hurry he hasn't lost a step or his swagger, scoring 40 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 111-95 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night in Oakland to open their title defense.

Curry put on a familiar shooting clinic from all over the court, knocking down seven of his first nine shots with four three-pointers for 24 first-quarter points. He finished 14 for 26 with seven assists and six rebounds in a rematch of the first round of the playoffs that Golden State swept 4-0.

Curry and the Warriors raised the championship banner and received their rings in a pregame ceremony. Coach Steve Kerr attended, then left for the...