Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers, Stephen Curry failed to make a three-pointer for the first time in 158 games. The 0-for-10 performance and humiliating loss for the Warriors were both shocking, but any concerns about a possible Curry shooting slump were quickly dispelled Monday night.
Facing the New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena, Curry made history, becoming the first player to sink 13 three-pointers in a single NBA game:
The Baby-Faced Assassin went 13-for-17 from beyond the arc, pouring in 46 points while adding 5 rebounds and 5 assists. It was a much needed performance for Golden State and the reigning 2-time MVP, as the Warriors have looked rather beatable during their uninspiring 5-2 start. Curry hasn’t done much to help matters, with Monday’s explosion serving as his first 30+ point game of the season.
Ironically enough, while the Warriors are figuring out how to jell, newcomer Kevin Durant looks the most comfortable in Golden State’s offense. Durant is shooting a career high 57.6 percent from the field, capitalizing on the attention Curry commands. With defenses being forced to pick their poison between Durant and Curry, Steph reminded New Orleans and the entire NBA world what he’s capable of if teams key on Durant.
If teams choose to make slowing down Durant their No. 1 priority, don’t be surprised to see Curry break Monday night’s record in the very near future.
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