On Monday, the Golden State Warriors took on the Denver Nuggets in a nationally televised matchup, and fans knew there was a chance for history to be made even before the game started. Stephen Curry only needed 19 points to overtake Wilt Chamberlain as the Warriors’ all-time leading scorer, and the two-time NBA MVP only needed one quarter of action to achieve the feat.
Curry scored 21 points in the first quarter, including 5-of-8 from three-point range, to start the game hot and stay hot. Curry didn’t even slow down after breaking the franchise record, finishing the night with 53 (!) points to turn even more heads.
In the first half, the prolific veteran guard scored 30 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field and 6-of-9 from three, accounting for more than half of Golden State’s 56 points.
Curry then scored 18 points in the third quarter after returning from the halftime break. He had four more three-pointers in the time, and he was the main reason for Golden State’s 43-22 victory over Denver.
Curry ended the night with 53 points on 14-of-24 shooting, 10-of-18 three-point shooting, and 15-of-16 free throw shooting. In short, it was a spectacular effort, but Curry, in typical Curry fashion, expressed disappointment when he missed his only free throw attempt late in the fourth quarter.
It was the ninth 50-point game of Curry’s career, including his third this season, and it came in a 116-107 victory over a quality opponent. Even on a night that did include a new franchise record and the chance to surpass a legend, his showing would’ve been quite notable, but it was a memorable performance and a reminder that Curry remains one of the best in the business.