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Steve Kerr compares Stephen Curry's impact to Shaq and Michael Jordan

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Stephen Curry finally returned for the Golden State Warriors after missing 11 games and produced one of the best shooting nights of his career.

In a 141-128 win over the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena on Saturday night, the two-time MVP poured in 38 points on a hugely efficient 13-of-17 shooting.

The sharpshooter did most of his damage from beyond the arc as he hit a season-high 10 three-pointers - which is also the most by any player in the NBA this season.

It goes down as the second most efficient night of his career and 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.

Curry’s 76-percent shooting night was his best since he made 78 percent of his shots (14-of-18) in a 40-point performance against the Charlotte Hornets in December of 2015.

Dubs head coach Steve Kerr said his superstar's performance demonstrated just how unique he is and the impact he can have on a game.

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He believes the star point guard is in a class of his own and has brought something different to the game that has never been seen before.

“He brings something different than anybody ever has, to be honest with you,” Kerr said, per USA Today. “There’s been plenty of guys who dominate the game in different ways.

"You think of Shaq overpowering people, or Michael Jordan [using] a combination of power and skill and tenacity. But nobody’s ever tilted the floor like Steph does – at such a deep range and with such incredible ball handling skills.

“It’s crazy what he does to the defense. As a coach, you try to come up with a scheme to force the ball into certain areas and shrink the floor and you’ve got all these expressions that coaches use.

"And Steph kind of blows all that stuff out of the water. Schemes kind of go awry when Steph’s on the floor, because it’s hard to account for 35 feet of perimeter space rather than 25 like most people.”

After seeing their team suffer a shock loss at home to the Hornets on Friday night, the fans inside Oracle were treated to something special to make up for it and the place was rocking from the moment Steph made his first bucket.

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Kerr joked that the 29-year-old just makes everything so much better when he's on the floor - not only in terms of basketball.

“You could hear the building tonight,” he said. “Everything just looks better. The food in there is going to taste better tonight. My wife’s going to be even better looking than she already is.

"My kids are going to be happy. Steph, he has that impact. That’s the way it is. He’s a franchise player for a reason and it goes on and off the court. What he does for this franchise is just crazy.”

The defending champions improved to 29-8 in the west and now have a nice layoff before they take on the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

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Stephen Curry
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