- Stephen Curry scored a career-high 62 points in the Warriors’ win over the Blazers on Sunday.
- Curry’s previous career-high was 54 points in what is considered his breakout game against the Knicks on 2/27/13.
- The Warriors have opened as +2.5 point betting underdogs in their next game against the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.
Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry broke out of an early season shooting slump. Coming off a hand injury in the previous campaign, Curry scored a career-high 62 points on Sunday night in a 137-122 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Curry shot just 41.3% from the field and 31.35 from deep in the Warriors four December games. He went 9-20 and 4-12 during their first game against Portland on New Year’s Day but awakened from his slumber on Sunday. The Warriors also produced their best win of the season and have climbed to 3-3 after opening the season with back to back blowout losses to Brooklyn and Milwaukee. They try to go over the .500 mark for the first time this season as they next host their division rivals Sacramento Kings on Monday as -2.5 point betting underdogs at SportsBetting.ag.
21 First Quarter Points
? Curry pours in 2⃣1⃣ in the 1st Q! [email protected] up early in Q2 on NBA TV pic.twitter.com/mUyuqlzpP9
— NBA (@NBA) January 4, 2021
Right from the get-go, you knew it was going to be a special night. Chef Curry was cooking in the first quarter as he poured in 21 points in the opening frame while shooting 7-11 from the field. He would add 10 more in the second quarter to finish the first half with a solid 31 points. After adding 14 more in the third period, Curry reached the 50-point milestone with 5:29 left in the 4th quarter.
MAKE. THAT. 50.
Stephen Curry is ON FIRE…5:29 left on @NBATV pic.twitter.com/f6NvgK2x5D
— NBA (@NBA) January 4, 2021
Then after making six free throws to set a new career-high, Curry upped the bar when he made back to back three-point baskets, including a wild shot that sent him down to the floor and sealed the 15-point win:
62 POINTS pic.twitter.com/3Y8BQGI7lj
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) January 4, 2021
He would finish the game shooting 18-31 from the field, and 8-16 from three-point distance in 36 minutes of action. Curry also made 18 of 19 foul shots, which was also a new career-high for the former two-time MVP. He added 5 rebounds and 4 assists to his tally and was a +20 when he was on the court for the Dubs. A lot is expected from Curry this season with Splash brother Klay Thompson out for the year with an Achilles tear. Curry is currently 4th in the odds board to win the 2021 MVP award at +800. Only Luka Doncic (+375), Giannis Antetokounmpo (+400), and Kevin Durant (+700).
Most Points by a Warrior Since 1974
CAREER-HIGH NIGHT FOR STEPH.
That’s the most points by a Warrior since Rick Barry in 1974. pic.twitter.com/x26J49qZHk
— StatMuse (@statmuse) January 4, 2021
Curry’s 62 points are the most by a Warriors player since Rick Barry scored 64 in 1974. Curry and Klay Thompson are the only players from Golden State to score 55 or more points in a single game in the past 30 years. This also marked the first time a Warriors player scored 60 points since Klay Thompson put up 60 in just 29 minutes on December 5, 2016 against the Pacers.
At 32 years and 295 days old, Curry is also second-oldest player to score 60+ points after Kobe Bryant who accomplished the feat at 37 years old. He is also the first player since Kobe Bryant in 2005 to score at least 62 points in 36 minutes. Bryant put up 62 points in 33 minutes against the Dallas Mavericks 15 years ago. Curry is also the first player since “Pistol” Pete Maravich on February 26, 1977 to score more than 30 points in each half of a single game.
This was Steph’s 7th 50-point game, breaking a tie with Kevin Durant for 4th most 50-point game by a current NBA player. He also made 8 three-pointers in the game, his 49th game with at least 8-three-pointers made. That’s more than twice the total of James Harden who is second on the list with 21 such games. However, he missed a free throw which ended his franchise record 80 games without a miss. Still, that wasn’t enough to ruin a historic night for one of the best shooters, if not the best ever, to set foot inside an NBA hardcourt.