Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry turned the second oldest participant in NBA historical past to attain 60 factors in a recreation after exploding for a career-high 62 in a 137-122 win over the Portland Trailblazers on Sunday evening.
Going through criticism after a sluggish begin to the brand new season, Curry generated most of his group’s factors in an announcement victory, making eight three-pointers and slithering by the Trailblazers’ protection on the Chase Middle.
The 32-year-old surpassed his earlier profession excessive of 54 factors and joined NBA legend Pete Maravich as the one NBA gamers within the final 50 years to attain greater than 30 factors in each halves, in line with the Elias Sports activities Bureau.
The previous league MVP can be the second oldest participant to cross the 60-point plateau, sitting solely behind the late Kobe Bryant, who at 37 years outdated, scored 60 factors in his final NBA recreation.
Amid questions whether or not Curry might raise his group again to its championship-winning methods, he was requested whether or not he took that personally.
“Cue the Jordan meme: ‘I take all that personally,'” he instructed reporters with a smile. “I had a chance to say my will on the sport early and create some power.”
Teammate Draymond Inexperienced marveled at Curry’s legendary efficiency.
“I believe that was proper up there with the most effective of them, simply due to all of the speak that is been going round,” Inexperienced stated.
“He got here out trying like a person on a mission,” he added.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr lamented that Curry’s historic scoring outburst was performed in entrance of an almost empty enviornment because the pandemic prevented fan attendance on the Chase Middle. A plan proposed by the Warriors to deliver followers again to the sector at 50% capability was rejected in November.
“These video games are eerie,” Kerr stated. “You come into this stunning constructing and we’re so used to our followers packing each seat and going loopy and it is actually unhappy — each recreation — dwelling or highway. I simply really feel unhappy for what’s occurring with the pandemic and we’re blessed and fortunate to play, however I look ahead to the day when followers are again in our constructing.”