Steph Curry is ridiculous. The 3x NBA Champion, 2x NBA Most Valuable Player and 6x NBA All Star Selected Golden State Warriors Point guard has earned the tag of the best shooter in NBA history and he set about proving that against the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night, shooting an incredible 62-points in 36 minutes.
Curry’s individual effort was the highest points total in a game he has managed in his illustrious career. It also inspired the win that led the Warriors onto a 3-3 record for the season, moving them into eighth place in the Western Conference.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr stated after the game that:
“I wanted to take him out with 30 seconds left, so the 42 people in the stands could give him a standing ovation.”
This was the seventh time in his career that Stephen Curry has scored more than 50 points in a game. That is still some way behind the 23 achieved by current active player James Harden and also behind the LeBron James (12) and Damian Lillard (11).
Peer Acclaim for Curry
The incredible achievement was lauded by many of Curry’s peers, including Pau Gasol, Kevin Love, Dwyane Wade, Ja Morant and Seth Curry.
Golden State Warriors teammate Klay Thompson, who is the only other Warriors player to score over 55 points in a game over the last 30 years, congratulated his teammate in a Tweet following the game:
Sheeeesh @StephenCurry30 🔥!! Welcome to the club big bro #62 🐐
— klay thompson (@KlayThompson) January 4, 2021
Current Record NBA Individual Game Hauls
The 62-points scored by Curry was the greatest number of points scored by a Warriors player since Rick Barry landed 64 points in 1974. However, it is joint 34th on the list for the highest number of points scored by an individual in an NBA game.
The most points ever scored in a game was the 100 scored by legend Wilt Chamberlain in March 1962 when leading his Philadelphia Warriors team to a 169-147 victory over the New York Knicks.
Incredibly, of the top 20 highest scores in the history of the NBA, Wilt Chamberlain holds not only the top spot, but 15 of the top 23 positions in the list.
In more modern times, Kobe Bryant’s 81 points for the LA Lakers against the Toronto Raptors in January 2006 is the second highest ever total by an individual in an NBA game.
Curry moves to +1600 in the Betting for MVP
After his stellar performance against the Trail Blazers, Steph Curry has now moved in to +1600 with DraftKings Sportsbook to become the MVP winner of the 2020/21 season. Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic remains the +400 favourite just ahead of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo who is +450.
A rejuvenated Kevin Durant at the Brooklyn Nets is next at +800, with Anthony Davis and LeBron James both rated alongside Nikola Jokic at +1200. However, these are the only players ahead of Curry and Damian Lillard at +1600.
In terms of winning the NBA, the Golden State Warriors current 3-3 record has them at +10,000 to win the NBA Championship this year.
Curry and the Warriors are back in action at home later today when they take on the Sacramento Kings (3-3) at the Chase Center. The bookmakers have the Kings the slight -2 favourites to win the game, but if the Kings are going to land the victory, then they are going to have to stop a red hot Curry from running through their team, as he did the Trail Blazers.