After a horror start to the season, the Golden State Warriors are back on track as Steph Curry reminded the world of how big a superstar he really is.
The 32-year-old old went on an all-time rampage against the Portland Trail Blazers, with 62 points and eight threes as he monstered the side.
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Arguably one of the greatest shooters in NBA history, Curry went nuts as he claimed the career high tally, finishing with 18 from 31 from the field and eight from 16 from three.
It was the 10th 30-point half of his career.
After the game, Curry hit back at the criticism he and his team have been copping with a sensational reminder of how good he actually is.
“Cue the Jordan meme, right?” Curry said during a postgame video conference with reporters. “I take all that personally.
“It was just an opportunity to assert my will on the game early and try to create some energy and get off on the right foot. As crazy as it sounds after the game, all we really wanted to do was win the first quarter and take it from there.
“We’ve got a winning spirit, we’ve just to work out how to do it consistently and against the good teams in the league.”
It’s a reference to Michael Jordan in The Last Dance.
The only downside of the incredible night was that his franchise record 80 straight free throws, dating back to March 29, 2019 was broken in the first quarter with coach Steve Kerr having some fun.
“And then he just choked. It’s just incredible,” cracked coach Steve Kerr.
But when speaking about the achievement of his 62 points, Kerr was blown away.
“We’ve seen Steph do so many things here over the years, so many amazing nights at Oracle and now here at Chase. It’s just a privilege to coach him, it really is,” he said.
He wasn’t the only one as Twitter blew up with the praise.
“A career high 62 points for Steph Curry! STILL proving he’s the greatest shooter we’ve ever seen and a MVP candidate along with LeBron, AD, KD, Kyrie, Luka Doncic, Kawhi, and Giannis,” Magic Johnson wrote.
KYRIE HITS BACK AS NETS SLAMMED
Kyrie Irving has hit back at talk of a disconnect between himself and fellow superstar Kevin Durant after missing a clutch play to lose 123-122 to the Washington Wizards.
Thomas Bryant stuffed the go-ahead dunk with 14.9 seconds left but neither Durant or Irving could hit the winner in the final possession.
Asked about the disconnect between the bench and the players after Irving took it into his own hands to call a time-out with 7:35 remaining, the star hit back.
“Disconnect? I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he snapped. “This is basketball. It’s pretty simple.”
Durant said he didn’t notice the issue.
“I didn’t even see that,” Durant said. “But Steve knows when to call time-outs. He knows what he’s doing over there. We all trust him. He’s only going to get more comfortable as time goes on.”
Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 27 points and 10 rebounds.
Irving, who led all scorers with 30 points, missed a three-pointer with less than six seconds remaining. Brooklyn corralled the rebound, but Durant’s last-gasp effort also missed.
“We’ve got two of the best players ever to touch a basketball on the other side, so it’s a tough task, man, but I think we did an excellent job of accepting that challenge,” Beal said of the Wizards defence.
Russell Westbrook finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards.
— with AFP