Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been named the NBA Western Conference Player of the Month for regular season games played in April, the NBA announced today. Curry, who also won the award in April of 2013, joins Chris Mullin as the only players in franchise history to receive the Player of the Month honor twice.
Curry averaged 26.4 points (fifth in the Western Conference), 9.9 assists (first), 3.6 rebounds and 2.38 steals in 36.0 minutes, while shooting 51.7 percent from the field and 47.0 percent from three-point range, in eight games in the month of April. He recorded a double-double in five of his eight games, including three 30-point/10-assist games to give him a league-leading 10 such games on the season, the most by a Warrior since Tim Hardaway had 10 in 1991-92. Curry had two games with 30 points and at least 15 assists (including a career-high-tying 16 on April 6 vs. Utah), giving him four for the year to become the first Warrior ever with four 30/15 games in a season, the most by any NBA player since John Stockton had four in 1989-90.
Curry averaged 32.8 points and 10.8 assists over his last five games, scoring at least 30 points in four of those five (including a season-high 47 points on April 13 at Portland), doing so in three-straight (April 11-14) for the first time in his career. With a triple-double on April 11 at the Lakers (30 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds), he became the first Warrior with four triple-doubles in a single-season since Wilt Chamberlain had five in 1963-64.
The 6-3 guard began the month by hitting a game-winning shot with 0.1 remaining on April 1 in Dallas and proceeded to help the Warriors to a 6-3 record in April. In the process, Curry helped the team earn its fifth 50-win season in franchise history (51), tie a franchise record for road wins (24) and qualify for consecutive playoff berths for the first time since 1991 and 1992.
In addition to Curry (April, 2013 & April, 2014) and Mullin (November, 1990 & January, 1989), only Bernard King (January, 1981) has earned the monthly honor for the Warriors since the NBA began giving out the award in 1979. Previous 2013-14 Western Conference Player of the Month Award winners were Kevin Durant (November, December, January & March) and Blake Griffin (February).
In 78 games overall this season, the fifth-year veteran averaged career highs of 24.0 points (seventh in the NBA) and 8.5 assists (fifth) while shooting 42.4 percent from three-point range, leading the NBA in three-pointers made (261) for a second consecutive season. Curry is the first player in Warriors history to average 24 points and eight assists in a single season.
Charlotte's Al Jefferson earned Player of the Month honors in the Eastern Conference.