Stephen Curry - The Baby Faced Assassin is Back with a Bang
It was December 27, 2020, a perilous 2020 was at dusk and everyone was looking forward to a sunrise in 2021 when The official Twitter handle of Golden State Warriors posted a 5-minute video in which a player could be seen shooting threes from the baseline. As that progressed, it kept growing preposterous. 20 straight, 40 straight, 60, 80, 103 captured on the reel, 105 in life.
The man was Wardell Stephen Curry II and when you discuss this with anyone who has little knowledge of the NBA will easily pontificate that if there was ever a man to have done it, it would have been, without an iota of doubt, Steph Curry.
Such was the magnanimity of the incident that his own coach, Steve Kerr, a 5 time NBA champion himself had this to say - “It’s insane. I don’t know if the Guinness Book of World Records still exists. That was one of my favorite books growing up. If it still exists that should go in the book, because we have video evidence now apparently.”
“Obviously, the greatest shooter I think to ever play this game,” forward Draymond Green said. “As great as that is, I can’t sit here and act like, ‘Oh, I’m surprised.’ It’s just not really surprising to me. It’s such an incredible thing, but I’m sorry, Steph, it doesn’t really get me up out of my seat that he hit 105 in a row.”
That heralded a bright 2021 for GSW for whom the past 2 years had been as sad as the sunless sea where they lost the 2019 Finals to the Raptors owing to injuries, then lost Kevin Durant as he chose to move away from the franchise and the death nail was the injury to Klay Thompson was right before he was all set to make his return to the squad for the upcoming season after having been out for the entire of 2020 season due to a torn Achilles.
4 days into, 2021, Stephen Curry dropped a career-high 62 points and lead him to avenge a 25 point loss to the Trailblazers two days, breaking a barrage of records on the way.
- Only two players in NBA history ever have been able to put up at least 30 points in both halves of a game. Kobe Bryant put up 32 and then 30 in a 2005 game against the Dallas Mavericks, and “Pistol” Pete Maravich did so in 1977 for the New Orleans Jazz.
- Stephen Curry joined Klay Thompson, Joe Fulks, Rick Barry, and Wilt Chamberlain as the fifth player in franchise history to top 60 points in a game.
- Curry’s 62 points became the highest-scoring individual performance by any player in the Warriors’ new arena. He ironically topped Damian Lillard, his counterpart in the performance, who previously had held the Chase Center record with a 39-point game in November 2019.
- Just a few months shy of his 33rd birthday, Stephen Curry became the second-oldest NBA player to put up 60 points in a game, behind Kobe Bryant’s 60-point career finale at Staples Center, when he was 37 years old and 234 days.
- Curry just edged out Chamberlain for a second, who was 32 years and 172 days old when he last topped the 60-point threshold.
- Amid a night of many milestones for Curry, his franchise record-breaking streak of consecutive free throws came to an end at 80 in the first quarter of Sunday’s win.
- However, Stephen Curry did set a personal career-high with 18 made free throws, finishing 18-for-19 at the line.
- Steph’s 21-point first quarter was his 27th 20-point quarter in his NBA career, and the eighth time the star has done so in the first frame.
- Curry’s 62 points were the most by any player in an NBA game since 2017, when Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker put up 70 in a loss to the Boston Celtics.
If one were to collude with and advise the opponents, it would as simple as “ STOP STEPH!”
The Warriors are 3-0 in games where Curry has scored 30-plus points, and 0-3 in the three games where he has failed to reach 30.
2 times league MVP, once unanimous, Stephen Curry and his recent blings have already pontificated that he will be up for MVP conversation this year.
THE BABY FACED ASSASSIN IS CERTAINLY BACK WITH A BANG!!