The Chronicle’s Scott Strazzante captured a moment during Sunday’s game at Chase Center where Stephen Curry can be seen reacting to a foul call against Portland in the first quarter.
Stephen Curry achieved a significant personal milestone during the game between the Warriors and the Trail Blazers by scoring an incredible 62 points. His outstanding performance was particularly highlighted by an exceptional shot, where he caught a pass on the left wing and despite being covered by two defenders, managed to throw a 3-pointer while falling. As he got back on his feet, mimicking a bird in flight, his opponents were left confused and annoyed. Although the official box score referred to the play as a “27-foot running pullup jump shot,” it can only be accurately described as the work of the most talented shooter in NBA history. In just 36 minutes and 31 shots, Curry proved his greatness and sent a clear message to other teams not to underestimate him.
Damian Lillard of the Trail Blazers recently commented that Stephen Curry appears to be mortal without the support of fellow Hall of Famers. However, Curry proved him wrong by scoring an impressive 31 points in each half of a game, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since Kobe Bryant did it. In fact, he broke James Harden’s record for most points scored by a player this season by scoring an astounding 60 points. This puts him in the company of Wilt Chamberlain, Joe Fulks, Rick Barry, and Klay Thompson as the only players in franchise history to achieve this accomplishment. Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr praised Curry’s leadership and talent, stating that the team is lucky to have him as their leader. Despite the lack of fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Curry’s teammates kept him updated on his point total while he impressed with his signature dribbling, scoop shots, and deep 3-pointers.
Thanks to a remarkable display by Curry, the Warriors were able to put their devastating 25-point defeat by the Trail Blazers behind them. With a lead of 20 points in the third quarter, they held on tight to secure a vital win. Furthermore, Curry’s supporting cast showed signs of adapting to his playing style and learning how to complement his talent. It’s fair to say that Draymond Green’s contribution was also instrumental in Curry’s exceptional performance and the team’s much-needed return to form.
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In the early stages of the season, Stephen Curry struggled to find his groove as he acclimated to playing alongside a team that only had two familiar faces in Kevon Looney and Draymond Green. It’s not unusual for new players to need some time to adjust to Curry’s dynamic and up-tempo playing style, as Coach Kerr explained. Because Curry often moves without the ball, he depends on his teammates’ comprehension of the Warriors’ read-and-react system to excel. Nonetheless, Curry and his comrades faced reproach from others last week.
Stephen Curry silenced his critics on Sunday with a phenomenal performance that showcased his undeniable talent. Damian Lillard’s comments about Curry struggling to get quality looks due to his young team sparked online memes featuring defenders swarming around him. However, Curry used this as motivation and scored an impressive 62 points, a feat that only four other Warriors players have accomplished. With Klay Thompson out due to injury, Curry feels the weight of leading his team in a challenging Western Conference. Nevertheless, his teammates understand that his success benefits everyone, and they encourage him to take more shots.