Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry responded to his critics with an explosive performance on Sunday night at the Chase Center in San Francisco, setting a new career-high 62 points and beating the Portland Trail Blazers 137-122.
The two-time Kia MVP winner finished with 18-of-31 from the field and went 8-of-16 in shooting threes, 18-for-19 from the free-throw line; in which that lone missed free throw ended his streak of 80 straight.
Curry also added five rebounds and four assists. He scored 30 points in both halves (an accomplishment made by “Pistol” Pete Maravich back in 1977), and thus tallied 62 points in just 36 minutes on the court.
This marks his 10th career 30-point half that gave the Warriors a 66-54 lead at the break.
Curry’s career-high is the most by a Warrior since Rick Barry scored 64 back in 1974. Curry is also the second-oldest, at 32 years and 295 days, to score 60, wherein Kobe Bryant did it at age 37.
Curry also is the first player with 62 points (or more) in 36 minutes (or fewer) since Bryant had exactly 62 points in 33 minutes on Dec. 20, 2005, against the Dallas Mavericks.
Damian Lillard scored 32 points for Portland, and CJ McCollum added 28. McCollum struggled this time shooting 2 for 8 behind the arc after his 25 3-pointers over the initial five games left him and Curry as the only players to ever do so.
Warriors’ Draymond Green missed the first four games with a foot problem, but officially having him back on the floor seemed that the Warriors are back with their old selves.
Green scored only one point, but had eight assists and was plus-22, and everyone of his teammates improved their game, both offensively and defensively.
Curry apparently heard all the criticism about his game that has been going on the past few days over Twitter and decided to silence everybody up, as he responded after the game with enjoyment, adding a little fun by quoting the great Michael Jordan meme from “The Last Dance” Netflix documentary:
“You know the Jordan meme right? I take all that personally…”