Curry Drops Career-High of 62 Points in Win Over Trail Blazers
Stephen Curry’s Performance Sets A Chase Center High, Includes 8-of-16 On Three-Pointers
Steph Curry sets new career and Chase Center record of 62 points in a game as the Dubs down the Portland Trail Blazers 137-122 Sunday night.
Two-time MVP Stephen Curry had himself a night Sunday as his 62-point performance set a new high in his career and in the history of Chase Center, while also leading the Warriors to a 137-122 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
But as Curry does, he did not boast but more so noted this game highlighted the squad’s ability to adapt and improve through the early part of the season. “Every game we’re going to get better,” said Curry following the win, “And more so just seeing the pictures of how (opposing teams) want to defend us and me individually.”
Curry’s new record at Chase Center eclipsed the previous mark of 39 points set by Portland’s own Damian Lillard on Nov. 4, 2019.
|Curry - 61||Wiseman - 11||Green - 8|
|Wiggins - 21||Bazemore - 8||Curry - 4|
|Oubre Jr. - 17||Wiggins - 7||4 Tied - 2|
|Lillard - 32||Kanter - 12||McCollum - 5|
|McCollum - 28||McCollum - 9||Lillard - 4|
|Kanter - 24||Nurkic - 6||Nurkic - 3|
It was clear from the opening tip that Curry was going to be aggressive: he finished the first quarter with 21 points on 7-of-11 made from the field. But he was not splashing )it) from beyond the three-point line as Dub Nation may be accustomed to, with the guard cutting and driving to the bucket instead. By the end of the night, Curry’s effort got him to the line for 19 free throws, another career mark notched by the Warrior.
The only blemish on Curry’s night was his 18-of-19 line from the the charity stripe. That one miss ended Curry’s career-high of consecutive free throws made at 80 shots in a row.
The win came after suffering a defeat to the very same Trail Blazers just two nights prior, a unique feature of the shortened 2020-21 season schedule. Sunday’s game was a stark contrast to the Friday night tilt in which the Dubs were down by 15 come halftime on Friday. Instead, the Warriors were ahead 66-54 at the midway point on Sunday with Curry already at 31 points through the first 24 minutes of the game.
Besides Curry’s scoring outburst, all other Dubs in the starting lineup had better outputs compared to their Friday night performances.
Second overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft and 19-year-old James Wiseman finished the game with his first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The rookie also added two blocks in his career night.
Andrew Wiggins finished second on the Dubs with 21 points and two blocks, and Kelly Oubre Jr. also added 17 points and two steals. Draymond Green, in just his second game back after not playing through the preseason or Warriors’ first four games, dished out eight assists.
Following Sunday’s win, the Warriors are right back at it Monday as they wrap up their first back-to-back of the season against Northern California rival Sacramento Kings (7 p.m., NBCSBA).
More Notables ...
- Golden State improved to 3-3 overall, winning its first home game of the season (1-1 at home)… Portland fell to 3-3 overall and 2-2 on the road.
- Prior to tonight, the last time the Warriors scored 130-or-more points was April 7, 2019 vs. the Clippers (131).
- The Warriors tallied their first quarter of 40-or-more points this season, posting 40 points in the fourth quarter.
- Stephen Curry posted a career-high 62 points on 18-of-31 from the field and 8-of-16 from three-point range (previous: 54 points on 2/27/13 at NYK)… Curry posted career-highs in free throws made (18) and attempted (19)… This marked the first game of 60-or-more points by a Warrior since Klay Thompson posted 60 points on December 5, 2016 vs. Indiana… Curry now has seven career outings of 50-plus points and the Warriors own a record of 6-1 in those contests… Curry became the fifth player in Warriors history to have a 60-point game… He is the first player since Kobe Bryant (Dec. 20, 2005) to score at least 30 points in each half of a single game and is just the second player to accomplish the feat in the last 20 seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau… His 62 points are the highest single-game output in the NBA this season.
- James Wiseman recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds… It was the first double-double by any NBA rookie this season.
- Andrew Wiggins posted 21 points and seven rebounds, his second outing of 20-plus points this season and his ninth game of 20-or-more points as a Warrior.
- Eric Paschall tallied 10 points, his fourth-straight game of double-digit scoring.
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