Steph Curry drops 23 points in long-awaited return from broken hand

After missing 58 games due to a broken hand, Steph Curry finally made his way back to the court on Thursday night.

Curry returned to the starting lineup for the Golden State Warriors in their 121-113 loss to Toronto Raptors at the Chase Center, his first game since breaking his left hand in October.

"It feels like the first day of school pretty much all over again, which is exciting," Curry said before the game, via ESPN. "So I feel pretty comfortable, pretty confident in where I'm at physically — and just excited to get back out there."

Like Curry had never left

Before the game even got underway on Thursday night, Curry looked back to his old self.

The sharpshooter expertly drilled five straight buckets from the logo during warmups, reminding the NBA world just how good of a shooter he really is.

The 31-year-old looked thrilled to simply be back out there, too.

He appeared to mesh well with new teammate Andrew Wiggins — who was traded to Golden State from Minnesota in exchange for D’Angelo Russell, among others — and delivered a perfectly-placed behind-the-back assist in the opening minutes.

His first bucket came early in the second quarter. Curry, after driving inside the arc, faked once and sunk the shot while powering through Patrick McCaw and picking up the foul.

Curry finished the night with 23 points, seven assists and six rebounds in 27 minutes. He shot 6-of-16 from the field and went 3-of-12 from the 3-point line.

Warriors come up short

Despite Curry’s return, and an impressive third-quarter rally, the Warriors couldn’t knock off the defending champions on Thursday night.

Golden State, after dipping to a 14-point hole in the second half, pushed right back in the third quarter to grab a brief lead, its first since the opening minutes of the game. While the Warriors cut the score to just two points in the final minute after a pair of Curry free throws, it wasn’t enough. Pascal Siakam hit a clutch floater to push Toronto’s lead to four points with just 45 seconds left, and Norman Powell drilled four free throws to secure the 8-point win for the Raptors.

Damion Lee dropped 23 points for the Warriors while shooting 8-of-17 from the field. Wiggins finished the night with 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Marquese Chriss added 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Powell led Toronto with a career-high 37 points while shooting 4-of-8 from behind the arc. Kyle Lowry added 26 points and 10 assists. Siakam added 17 points. The win officially clinched a playoff spot for the Raptors, too.

“Knowing that Steph was coming back, we knew it was going to be a great night, a great atmosphere” Lowry said, via the Associated Press. “One of the best players in the league was coming back from injury, we were a little more focused and concentrated on him, but coming in here, it's a great regular season game.”

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