Steve Kerr hailed the "crazy" return of Stephen Curry as the point guard starred in Golden State Warriors' 132-125 overtime win over Portland Trail Blazers.
Curry had been absent due to a knee injury but made a stunning comeback to give the Warriors a 3-1 lead in their second-round NBA play-off series with the Trail Blazers.
After a shaky start that saw the 28-year-old miss a host of three-pointers, he burst into life late on, Curry scoring 40 points - including a record 17 in overtime - along with nine rebounds and eight assists.
Kerr was thrilled to see the MVP back in the points, but the coach admitted he was surprised how quickly Curry had found his form.
"The guy's played basically one basketball game in three weeks," he told a media conference.
"I expected what I saw early, I expected a lot of rust, I don't think anybody could have predicted the explosion.
"I figured he'd find his stroke and make a few shots, but that was crazy."
Curry himself was delighted to have made such a quick recovery and positive impact to give the Warriors a two-game cushion.
He said: "I was a little anxious to get back on the floor, it was a different situation coming off the bench so [I was] trying to keep my body loose, my mind in the game and figure out how to get a rhythm.
"It obviously took me a while to get into the flow, when you miss three weeks it's really weird walking back onto the court, the crowd going crazy, the competitive atmosphere.
"So I just tried to get my bearings straight, try to make some plays, get a rhythm and it took 48 minutes and things finally clicked."