How many players get overshadowed in a 23-point, 11-rebound, 11-assist game?
Not too many.
The triple-double wasn't uncharted territory for Lee:
David Lee: 3rd career-triple double (2nd with Warriors, had one with Knicks)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 22, 2012
But it's still a rare accomplishment, and one that would normally generate a clear nod as the player of the game.
Tonight, though, those honors had to be shared with point guard Stephen Curry.
He finished the game with 27 points (on 9-of-17 shooting), eight assists and just two turnovers in 35-plus minutes.
His performance from the perimeter was unlike anything he'd done in his three-plus-year career. And it all unfolded in front of his father, Bobcats color commentator (and former NBA marskman) Dell Curry:
Career-high 8 3s for Steph Curry. It's OK for Pop to smile on the telecast, even if Bobcats are down 21.— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) December 22, 2012
After a disheartening 131-127 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night, the Warriors needed this win.
With the Los Angeles Lakers coming to the Bay Area on Saturday night, Golden State's celebration has to be short-lived. Even if their performance couldn't have been any better:
Joe Lacob Dream Game--Lee & Curry go off to standing ovations with 3 minutes left, setting up for tomorrow's Lakers tilt.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) December 22, 2012
Gerald Henderson led the Bobcats with 23 points, while Bismack Biyombo added 14 rebounds and 12 points.
After opening the season at 7-5, Charlotte has now lost 14 straight games.