Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry scored 47 points Saturday night, becoming the first player since Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant to score at least 30 points in 10 consecutive games at age 33 or older.
Curry, in his 12th. He admitted it was one of the best moments of his career.
Statistically, sure, Curry said after the Warriors’ 119-114 loss at Boston Proving Ground. This season calls for something different. I’m trying to catch this moment. It’s a fun kind of basketball; we just try to win. And I’m confident; I’m blessed with special skills that I try to keep mastering, refining and improving. And you can see it, you can see the work, so obviously I’m trying to keep doing that this season because it’s necessary for us to get where we want to go.
The Warriors’ success this season depends on Curry’s continued excellence, and his level seems to be rising with each game. Curry shot 15-of-27 from the field in Boston, including 11-of-19 from beyond the arc – the 20th best of his career. This is the first time in his career that he has made 10 or more three-pointers in a game, further improving his NBA record.
More than eight years after Bryant ended his 10-game winning streak by scoring 30 points from 7-26. After December 2012, Curry continued to surprise his teammates and coaches with the shots and actions he is capable of.
It’s just Steph Curry, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. So it’s not just about skill, it’s also about confidence and display. It’s the willingness to fail and not think about it. He goes every time, every game. The match. He’s not afraid to fail, and he’s confident in his abilities because he’s worked his whole life for this, and he’s now at the top of his game.
The Warriors’ season almost took a painful turn midway through the fourth quarter when Curry sprained his left ankle. But he has stayed in the game and is confident that the injury won’t keep him out of the running for long.
That’s pretty much the habit I’ve had in the past, Curry said. I kept playing, so that’s a good sign as far as the pain goes, but we’ll see how it reacts [on Sunday]. At this point it’s a bit of a guess, but the fact that I was able to continue is a good sign.
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Curry clearly wasn’t moving like he used to and admitted he doesn’t know if he’ll be able to play Monday against the Philadelphia 76ers.
His injury wasn’t the only one Golden State suffered Saturday. Forward Juan Toscano-Anderson suffered a concussion and had to get stitches to his head after falling on the scorer’s table while attempting a layup midway through the fourth quarter. Toscano-Anderson entered the league’s concussion protocol and will be out indefinitely, but his play only underscored his teammates’ love for his game – and his effort.
It’s Juan, said Warriors forward Draymond Green. Apparently you expect nothing less from Juan. That’s what it is. He’s a tough one. And the fact that he goes over the scoreboard is the core of who he is. That’s why he came here. Just a guy who is willing to do whatever it takes on the field to help the team win.
I don’t know how long he’ll be out, but it’s a big loss for us, especially with the depth we have now in the bigs. It is a great loss to us. He changed the game with his intensity and made a lot of good choices. It is a great loss to us.
With Toscano-Anderson and the Warriors holding on to ninth place in the Western Conference, the hope is that Curry can carry his teammates into the final moments. While trying to put his recent win in context, Curry is happy that the extra work he put into his game is paying off.
‘Strange,’ Curry said. You imagine a run like that, or you imagine a battle like that, you even work on it during off-season workouts and stuff, but it’s not great when it happens, but it’s really fun. The work is bearing fruit and the confidence is there; there is this flow and rhythm that is not the result of chance. You really appreciate what you put into it. It’s not like O, I just did it. Instead, it’s about reaping the rewards of everything you’ve invested. It’s a different kind of experience.
Curry’s recent run has stunned even his opponents. You see his shots fall in real time and you still can’t believe it.
There are far more negative things in the world than watching Steph Curry shoot 3-pointers, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. The smallest part of me likes it. I just hate competing with him. But, man, I love watching it. He’s just as fun to watch as any other player because he’s so creative, he shoots so well, and you never feel good about yourself as an opponent. You always feel like you’re the next line in the story.
ESPN’s Tim Bontemps contributed to this report.
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