Video: Warriors' Stephen Curry hangs season-high 51 points on Mavericks
The Warriors needed every bit of a monster second-half explosion from Curry after falling behind 24-4 midway through the first quarter and conceding 42 points in the opening period. The two-time All-Star point guard really got it going in the third quarter, scoring 26 of his 51 points in the period.
"We were just sticking to the program, we didn't want to get too down on ourselves," Curry said during a televised postgame interview. "We leaned on our crowd in the second half. ... Just being aggressive, that's all we do. The shots are going to fall. As long as we got defensive stops, we kept ourselves in the game and we have enough talent on this team to turn the tide."
On the night, Curry shot 16 of 26 from the field, 10 of 16 on three-pointers and 9 of11 on free throws. He added four rebounds, four assists and one steal in 37 minutes of action.
The scoring outburst marked the second-highest point total of Curry's career. He set his career-high of 54 points on Feb. 27, 2013, in a road loss to the Knicks.
Curry also joined Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (55 points), Warriors guard Klay Thompson (52 points) and Timberwolves guard Mo Williams (52 points) as the only players to top 50 points in a game this season.
Here's a side-by-side look at how Curry's performance on Wednesday compares to Thompson's career night, which included a 37-point performance in the third quarter.
- Curry: 51 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 16-for-26 shooting, 10-for-16 three-pointers, 9-for-11 free throws
- Thompson: 52 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 16-for-25 shooting, 11-for-15 three-pointers, 9-for-10 free throws
ESPN Stats & Information notes that Curry and Thompson are the first pair of teammates to score 50 points in a game during the same season since 1994-95. They will play for the Western Conference at the All-Star Game in New York City later this month.
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Golden State improved to 39-8. Dallas fell to 33-18.