What a historic, wonderful and encouraging night for Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.
Entering Monday’s game against the Nuggets, Curry was just 18 points from breaking Wilt Chamberlain’s franchise scoring record, and he exploded for 53 points and led the Warriors to a 116-107 victory.
Curry caught fire early and broke Chamberlain’s record in the first quarter, scoring 21 points on 6-of-9 shooting overall and 5-for-8 from 3-point land.
But the record-breaking shot came from inside, against Curry’s former teammate, center JaVale McGee. Here’s the moment, courtesy of the Warriors’ official Twitter account.
Not only did Curry blow a kiss to the heavens, he also kissed the basketball the next time he got his hands on it. What an accomplishment for a true original.
Postgame, coach Steve Kerr called Curry’s career accomplishments “ridiculous,” among other things.
Curry’s “crazy” level of play hasn’t slowed down, even at 33 years of age, and the Warriors needed all of his 53 points to get a big win against the highly-regarded Nuggets. The Warriors finished their home-stand 3-1 and capped it with a night to remember.
Now, Golden State’s challenge will be to use that momentum to string some wins together and solidify its playoff standing. As long as Curry is on the court, they’ll always have a shot.
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