It seemed as though Steph Curry knew exactly how many 3-pointers he needed to break his own record of 272 made in a single season early Thursday night. Curry tied the record with four made 3-pointers in the first quarter alone and surpassed his total from the '13-'14 season after hitting six of his eight 3-pointers in the first half. Curry finished with 45 points and 10 assists with a performance that tossed a little gas on the MVP race fire.
Curry looked determined to use the nationally televised game on TNT to solidify his case as the league's most valuable player, notching his ninth 40 point game of his career (3 of which have come against Portland). While Curry hasn't put up the same numbers offensively as James Harden or Russell Westbrook, the Warriors overall team success and Curry's well documented lack of play in many 4th quarters due to lopsided wins should all play heavy factors in the voting process. It would be an incredible achievement for Steph to win the MVP, but in the long run it's merely just a regular season award. If the Warriors really want to be remembered as a team of greatness, they will do so by their accomplishments in the post season. But in all fairness to Mr. Curry, breaking your own NBA single season record is pure greatness. Steph is only 14 three-pointers away from becoming the first player in NBA history to have 300 three-pointers in a season.
As for the game that was played, the Blazers used an early 18-2 run to jump out to a 13 point lead. The Warriors went on a 17-2 run of their own to swing the pendulum back in their favor, with great floor games from the entire starting five, highlighted by Draymond Green's 11 points and 14 rebounds. Klay Thompson chipped in with 26 points in a game where the Warriors bench did not play extremely well, scoring only 12 of the Warriors 116 points.
This game kind of had the feel of watching a heated game of NBA 2k by two roommates, where the loser has to clean the bathroom. Highlight plays were coming fast and furious throughout the contest, including Steph Curry playing like he has something to prove, which i don't think is a bad thing.
Festus Ezeli did not see the court tonight for the Warriors, and an already banged up Blazers squad took another blow, losing Arron Afflalo to a shoulder injury. The Warriors improve to 36-2 at home with their 15th consecutive win at Oracle Arena.
The Dubs have just three games left this season, against Minnesota, Memphis and the Denver Nuggets. With Thompson, Green and Curry all playing over 35 minutes Thursday night, it does not seem apparent that coach Steve Kerr has any plans of resting anybody. If you were coach Kerr, how would you take these last three games? I wouldn't mind seeing the Warriors rest the starters for the last game against the Lakers, depending how the team does against Memphis.
If you missed the game, here are the highlights in their entirety