UNLIKE HIS previous two trips to Charlotte, Stephen Curry said he didn't have any butterflies as he stepped on the court Monday night.
Call it veteran experience - or maybe it's just supreme confidence given the way he's playing right now.
Curry put on quite a show for his hometown fans, finishing with 27 points, seven assists and seven rebounds to lead the surging Golden State Warriors to a 104-96 win over the struggling Charlotte Bobcats.
Curry, who grew up in Charlotte and made a name for himself when led nearby Davidson College to the brink of the Final Four in 2008, shot 10-for-22 from the field and hit four three-pointers.
It was his eighth straight 20-point game, a career best, and he pushed his season scoring average to 20.0 per game.
"This meant a lot," Curry said. "I didn't play here last year because I was hurt and we got beat. But the anticipation was high for this game. Seeing my family and to have a performance like we did tonight was definitely the icing on the cake."
Aside from winning, Curry said the best part was looking into the crowd and seeing his former coach Bob McKillop waving at him.
Curry caught fire in the third quarter, hitting three three-pointers and scoring 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting - all while his 5-month-old daughter Riley slept in his wife Ayesha's arms in the stands.
"It was a great homecoming for him," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "The guy's playing at an elite level right now. I know we keep talking about it and, sooner or later, everybody's going to catch on. But he's a heck of a basketball player."
David Lee continued his torrid pace with 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors (14-7), who have won seven of their past eight games and improved to 4-0 on their current seven-game Eastern trip.
They'll have a big test Wednesday night when they travel to Miami to face the defending champion Heat.
Jackson said he's not surprised by his team's run.
"We came in here and worked our tails off and we prepared ourselves for this season," said Jackson, whose team is winning without the injured Andrew Bogut. "I didn't put any limitations on them. But we're 14-7 with eight road wins."
In other games *
At Houston, Gary Neal scored 29 points and Tony Parker had a triple-double to lead the San Antonio Spurs to a 134-126 overtime win against the Rockets. Parker had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists to complement Neal's 7-for-10 performance from three-point range.
Jeremy Lin had his best game since joining the Rockets, scoring a career high-tying 38 points with leading scorer James Harden sidelined by a sprained right ankle.
* At Dallas, O.J. Mayo had 19 points and Chris Kaman added 18 as the Mavericks handled the Sacramento Kings, 119-96.
* At Miami, LeBron James scored 27 points, Dwyane Wade had 26 and the Heat pulled away in the second half to beat the Atlanta Hawks, 101-92, improving to 10-1 at home this season. James and Wade made 21 of 29 shots for Miami, which shot 58 percent as a team.