Stephen Curry not only made NBA history on Thursday, he erupted for 51 points to lead the Golden State Warriors over the Orlando Magic.
Stephen Curry wasn’t willing to settle for a record-setting night.
Curry becomes the first player to top the 50-point plateau three times in the same season since Cleveland’s LeBron James and Miami’s Dwyane Wade accomplished the feat in 2008–09. He becomes the first member of the Warriors to hit 50-plus points three times in the same season since Rick Barry in 1973–74.
Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson (2004–05) Washington’s Gilbert Arenas (2006–07) and L.A.’s Kobe Bryant (2002–03, 2005–06, 2006–07) are the only other players to post three or more 50-plus point games since 2000.
This was an onslaught of epic proportions, as Curry shot 20 for 27 from the field, 10 for 15 from deep and converted his only one free-throw attempt to get to 51. That performance, which was highlighted by a banked-in half-court buzzer beater, gave Curry a 92.9 True Shooting % on the evening.
Curry also became the first player in NBA history to hit 10 or more three-pointers in a game multiple times in the same season.
Warriors' Stephen Curry banks in half-court shot to beat 3rd quarter buzzer (w/ replays) pic.twitter.com/1M1f3Elive— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) February 26, 2016
Golden State improved its NBA-best record to 52–5. Orlando fell to 25–31.