Last night, Steph Curry put on one of the greatest shooting displays I’ve ever seen. Curry had an NBA season-high 54 points and set a new franchise record with 11 made 3-pointers in the game against the Knicks. He shot 18-28 on field goals, 11-13 on threes, and was 100% from the free throw line as well. Curry’s previous career-high in points was 42, and his 54-point night was the most points by a Warriors since Purvis Short scored 59 vs. New Jersey on November 17, 1984. Also, he scored the most points in NBA history for a player with 10 or more 3-pointers made.
One of the most impressive aspects of Curry’s amazing night was how he scored the basketball. Known as one of the best, if not, the best, 3-point shooter in the league, Curry showed how many ways he can score besides from behind the 3-point line. He made all kinds of shots including catch-and-shoot, mid-range jumpers, off the dribble, in transition, well-contested, from deep 3-point range, and a variety of layups including floaters, runners, finger rolls, and bank shots. It was the ultimate shooting display, and to happen at Madison Square Garden made it even more magical. Curry became the first visiting player to have 50 points at Madison Square Garden since LeBron James in 2009.
Over the past two games for the Warriors, Curry’s combined stat line is 92 points, 32-48 on field goals, 18-23 from the 3-point line, 10-11 from free throws, and 11 assists. This numbers are absolutely unreal in terms of efficiency. Take a look at this shot chart representing the past two games for Curry:
It was also worth noting that in addition to his 54 points including 11 3-pointers, Curry also had 7 assists, 3 steals, and tied with Festus Ezeli for a team-high 6 rebounds. He showed his wide range of skills and why he should’ve been an All-Star this year. He had the ability to score in many different ways, he contributes to the team with his scoring, his passing, and his ability to get steals and rebounds, he’s improved his defense, and he’s one of the main leaders of the Warriors. Even though the Warriors ended up losing this game against the Knicks, Curry’s performance made this one of the best game in the Warriors’ recent history.
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Some notable quotes:
“My teammates were treating me like a pitcher throwing a no-hitter.” -Stephen Curry
“Once I started to see that three ball going down in transition and all sorts of spots over the floor I knew it was going to be a good night.” -Stephen Curry
“You can’t really put it into words. It’s kind of a numb feeling. Every shot you take, you know it’s got a good chance of going in. You’re kind of surprised when it doesn’t. It’s just kind of one of those experiences where it seems like time stands still a little bit.” -Stephen Curry
“He put on a clinic. He knocked down shots in all areas. I’ve seen a lot of great performances in this building and his goes up there… That shooting performance was a thing of beauty… The sad thing is to the audience, that was Stephen getting hot, but to us that’s just who he is. He’s a knock-down shooter in the highest regard.” -Mark Jackson
“Incredible by Steph. I have never been a part of anything like that in my life. He was uncanny. Unbelievable.” -Jarrett Jack
“That was greatness what we saw. You look at the people that have scored 50 in this building, it’s unbelievable. I’m glad I just had the pleasure of being this man’s teammate.” -Harrison Barnes
“It’s crazy because he doesn’t get the credit he deserves. He’s been a guy that has led us the whole season, him and David Lee. … That’s why it’s called a team because he can’t do it alone. He did his part tonight.” -Carl Landry
“We had to hope he missed. There is nothing anybody can do.” -Carmelo Anthony
“Any time you can score 54 points, it’s pretty impressive… He shot the hell out of the ball.” -Rick Barry
“That’s the way he needs to play all the time. You’ve got to play with that aggressive mentality. As unselfish as he is, and with the vision he has, it opens up so much more when he plays that way. The entire team benefits when he plays that aggressively. I don’t know how Mark (Jackson) feels, but I’d be mad if he doesn’t take 20 shots per game.” -Rick Barry