Stephen Curry‘s incredible run shows no signs of stopping any time soon. The Golden State Warriors superstar scored 49 points in Saturday’s 136-97 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, putting together yet another brilliant performance in a season that’s been full of them.
Curry, who is now averaging a league-high 31.9 points per game, got a little extra motivation prior to the contest, knowing that Washington Wizards All-Star guard Bradley Beal went off for 50 points in Saturday’s 133-132 overtime win over the Indiana Pacers.
Curry has been in a back-and-forth battle with Beal for the NBA scoring title over the past month. And Curry seemed to take the challenge of seeing how many he could put up on a night when Beal had already done so much damage. When asked if he knew before the game how many points Beal had scored, Curry didn’t hesitate.
“Of course, I did,” Curry said. “I know what he’s doing. He’s obviously been playing at a high level, but anytime somebody gets 50, you hear about it.”
Curry finished the night going 14-for-26 from the field, including 11-for-21 from beyond the arc. It was the seventh time this season that Curry has made at least 10 3-pointers in a game and the 22nd time he has done it in his career. It’s also the fifth time he has hit the mark in his past 15 games. To put that in perspective, Curry’s longtime teammate Klay Thompson has the second-most such games in NBA history with five — in his career.
Thanks in large part to Curry’s 11 treys, the Warriors set a franchise record for 3s in a game with 27 against the Thunder. Curry still trails Thompson for most 3-pointers in a game, with 14. But after seeing the way Curry has been shooting throughout the season, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he is confident that Curry will take that record at some point soon.
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SOURCE: ESPN, Nick Friedell