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Warrior Wonder: Curry baptizes the Wizards with 11 doses of splash

Stephen Curry self-immolated, going for 51 points in 3 quarters and nearly breaking his own 3-point record with 11 treys.

Washington Wizards v Golden State Warriors
I’m coming for you, your MVP award, and your records.
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On most nights, Steve Kerr is typically one of the more eloquent and insightful interviewees the sport currently enjoys.

So when he needed to take a long pause in order to collect his thoughts on how to answer a postgame interview question regarding Stephen Curry’s performance, it spoke volumes to what the latter had just accomplished.

This isn’t new territory for Curry, the Warriors, nor its fans alike.

But if there was something that was missing during last season’s championship run, it was these types of games where Curry or Klay Thompson somehow use their shooting prowess to transform the sport of basketball into more of an effervescent spectacle.

Because even though Kevin Durant poured in a proficient 30 points on 13-for-18 shooting, last night’s masterpiece belonged to Curry who ended up with 51 points and a grand total of 11 3-pointers through only 3 quarters of work.

His first two attempts from deep were bold step-back pull-up jumpers, which progressed into more and more audacious shots that crept further behind the three-point line.

This all gave way however to the crescendo of his performance, which took shape as a final dagger he slung from the hashmark — proving that super humans do exist or that God is either unjust or unruly when it comes to doling out our special traits.

This was business as usual for the man who has ascended the all-time 3-point record charts quicker than the Wizards’ backcourt have proven they’re more like the second, third, or fourth best guard-tandem in the league.

So it was unsurprising that Curry followed up his swan song triple with no more than a casual Jordan shrug.

At this point, imagination leaves plenty of room to wonder about what the record books might look like had Curry ever had the chance to play the final quarter of games where he literally shot opponent teams out of contention.

However, despite surpassing Jamal Crawford last night to become the 5th all-time leader in three-pointers made, Curry would be the first to say the level of importance for such things are paltry in comparison to his chase for more rings.

But even that pursuit is trumped by a few simple yet powerful adages that Curry and the rest of the Warriors team follows — play with joy and don’t take these moments for granted.

Last night felt like a reminder to the rest of the NBA to not take Curry for granted.

Though if he continues at this pace, they won’t have any other choice but not to.


Who was your Warrior Wonder against the Wizards?

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  • 95%
    Steph Curry
    (411 votes)
  • 1%
    Kevin Durant
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Draymond Green
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Klay Thompson
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Damian Jones
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Jordan Bell
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Kevon Looney
    (4 votes)
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