After missing the last 11 games with an ankle injury, Stephen Curry made a return to the Golden State Warriors lineup in style as he exploded offensively against the Memphis Grizzlies.
The two-time MVP put up 38 points in just 26 minutes of action as he had the hot hand instantly and needed little time to get back into a rhythm.
As you'd expect, the sharpshooter did most of his damage from beyond the arc as he hit an incredible season-high 10-of-13 three-pointers.
Overall, he shot a hugely efficient 13-of-17 from the field and lit up Oracle Arena with his outburst as the Warriors secured a huge 141-128 win over the Grizzlies.
"I just wanted that feeling again," Curry said, per ESPN's Chris Haynes. "It was pretty special. It felt like it was the first day of school again."
It was the ninth 30-point game of the season for the point guard and his 10 three-pointers were the most by any player in the NBA this season.
Even though he'd missed almost a month with an ankle sprain, Curry didn't feel the effects of it and appeared not to miss a beat.
"I was just happy to be back out there with my guys," he said. "You sit and watch for 11 games, you just wonder what it's going to be like to get back out there, and I finally got that opportunity.
"I really didn't know what to expect. I just wanted to get some good reps, get up and down, see how my wind was and, surprisingly, I think my body felt way better than I expected."
Head coach Steve Kerr had planned to keep the All-Star on a minutes restriction but admitted that he gave into Curry's request to play longer as he was feeling it out on the court.
"I was fighting my instinct," Kerr said. "... He definitely talked me into leaving him out there for a few minutes."
According to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, the 29-year-old became just the second player since 2000 to score at least 38 points in 27 or fewer minutes. The only other player to achieve this is Kevin Love.
It was the second most efficient game of his career when shooting 10 shots or more and Kerr wasn't surprised that his star player showed no signs of rust.
"Most guys you would say when they come back, maybe they'll struggle a little bit to find their rhythm, but you don't say that about Steph because all it takes is one and he can be feeling it," Kerr said.
He torched Memphis and sent a message to the rest of the league that he's back and ready to dominate once again.