By the time you’ve finished reading this sentence, you can assume Stephen Curry just drained another three. That’s how hot he was Wednesday night on his way to scoring an NBA season-high 54 points on an absolutely ridiculous 11-of-13 shooting from downtown. 11 of 13?! Those are video game numbers…with cheats.
Anybody who watched last night’s game has to feel lucky to have witnessed it. Yes, the Warriors were unable to get the win, but the outcome was overshadowed by one of the most impressive shooting performances the Warriors franchise, Madison Square Garden, and the game of basketball has ever seen. Players go off for 50-plus from time to time, but not necessarily in the manner in which Curry accomplished the feat. There are too many stats to choose from, so here’s a list. You decide your favorite.
- • Curry's 54 points is the most points scored by any player in the NBA this season, surpassing Kevin Durant's 52-point performance vs. Dallas on Jan. 18.
- • Curry's 54 points eclipsed his previous career high of 42 points (@Portland 04/14/10) and is the most points by a Warrior since Purvis Short scored 59 vs. New Jersey on Nov. 17, 1984.
- • The last player to score 54 in a game was Deron Williams, who had 57 on March 3, 2012 against the Bobcats. Like Curry, Williams' career-high came on the road.
- • Curry set a new franchise record with 11 3-pointers made. He fell just one 3-pointer shy of the all-time NBA record of 12 in game, held by Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall.
- • Curry hit all three of his corner threes, while going 8-of-10 on above the break threes.
- • Curry did more than score, as he also led the Warriors in assists (7) and tied for the team-high in rebounds (6, with Festus Ezeli).
- • Curry became the first visiting player to score 50 points at Madison Square Garden since LeBron James in 2009.
- • Curry scored the most points in NBA history for a player with 10+ 3PTM. The previous record was held by Ray Allen with 47 points in '01-02.
- • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only Wilt Chamberlain and Rick Barry scored more points in a loss to the Knicks than Stephen Curry did on Wednesday.
And if that weren’t impressive enough, consider Stephen Curry’s combined stat line over the last two games: 32-48 from the floor, 18-23 from 3, 10-11 from FT, 92 points, 11 assists. Read that over again. And again. 18-of-23? Those numbers can’t be right…
…But they are. Need proof? Here’s a shot chart from the past two games:
Curry's 92 points in consecutive games is the most since Kobe Bryant had 97 back in February of 2009. Not bad for a guy who couldn’t quite earn his first ever All-Star selection just a month ago. I wonder if anyone has anything to say about that?
@stephencurry30 you are an All Star in my book any day! Unbelievable game bro! Damn 54 PTs in 48 min 11/13 from the 3! That's work kid!— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) February 28, 2013
Sheesh, @stephencurry30 went to work!!!— Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving) February 28, 2013
Steph Curry just won the 3-point contest of life.— Royce Webb, ESPN NBA (@RoyceWebb) February 28, 2013
And in the Garden, Steph Curry is going insane...— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) February 28, 2013
Is someone on the sideline taunting Stef Curry???— Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) February 28, 2013
Steph Curry: coldblooded.— Jim Rome (@jimrome) February 28, 2013
It's a crime that Stephen Curry didn't make the All-Star team.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) February 28, 2013
If you don't LOVE watching Steph Curry play basketball, you don't even like this sport. Love that guy's game.— Israel Gutierrez (@IzzyESPN) February 28, 2013
Steph Curry is a flamethrower! (Kevin Harlan voice)— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) February 28, 2013
Steph Curry scored 54 points on 28 shots. Wow. Eat your efficient heart out, LeBron.— Michael Smith (@michaelsmith) February 28, 2013
52 now for Steph Curry. I've asked this rhetorically before...is he the best shooter on the planet? I think my answer is yes...— Matt Winer (@matt_winer) February 28, 2013
Win or lose, this is one of the greatest individual single-game performances in recent Warriors history.— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) February 28, 2013
Thought most impressive part of Curry's 54 was he got them in game that was close throughout. Harder to do in game like that.— Matt Steinmetz (@MSteinmetzCSN) February 28, 2013
Steph Curry going all Adrian Peterson on the Knicks right now on ESPN!! #AllDay— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) February 28, 2013
The Knicks-Warriors game ended hours ago but I'm pretty sure Steph Curry hit a couple more 3-pointers— InsideHoops.com (@InsideHoops) February 28, 2013
Steph curry is defining the term "make it rain" right now— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) February 28, 2013
Steph Curry is in "MAMA THERE GOES THAT MAN!" mode right now.— ESPN (@espn) February 28, 2013
Steph Curry might not be human...— SportsNation (@SportsNation) February 28, 2013
"My surprise level was a big zero." - @realskipbayless on Steph Curry dropping 54 in the Garden.— ESPN First Take (@ESPN_FirstTake) February 28, 2013
Steph Curry's eFG% last night was .839, third best in a 50-point game. Only eclipsed by Dana Barros (3/14/95) and Glen Rice (4/15/95).— Basketball Reference (@bball_ref) February 28, 2013
@stephencurry30 is ballllllllllllllllllinnnnnnnnnnn Jim jones voice— Nate Robinson (@nate_robinson) February 28, 2013
Boy @stephencurry30 is putting on a show— Jeff Green (@unclejeffgreen) February 28, 2013
STEPH CURRY PUT ON A SHOOTING CLINIC.— Steve Smith (@steve21smith) February 28, 2013
Watching Steph going off in person is beautiful— Brandon Rush (@BRush_4) February 28, 2013
Tough loss....def saw greatness in that performance from @stephencurry30 tonight though— Harrison Barnes (@HBarnes) February 28, 2013
Got to see one of the greatest performances in Madison square garden. Ever!— Kent Bazemore (@KentBazemore20) February 28, 2013
Still wish we would have won but I watched God work be done thru @stephencurry30 54 last night on the biggest stage!!!— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) February 28, 2013
Only thing more special wouldve been the win! But God is good. #DubNation— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) February 28, 2013
It was quite a night (well two, actually) for Stephen Curry, and not one he or Warriors fans will soon forget. Curry and the Dubs will be back in action on Friday, and don’t be surprised if the magic hasn’t quite run out yet.
As everyone now knows, Curry specializes in doing things in threes.