Move over Stephen Curry … for yourself: the Golden State Warriors superstar guard erupted for 45 points and 10 assists Thursday night in a 116-105 win against the visiting Portland Trail Blazers, and for good measure, broke his own record for the most three-pointers made in a season.
Curry now owns three of the five all-time best seasons from beyond the arc in NBA history.
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 10, 2015
The Dubs’ victory secured the top overall record in the L.
— Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) April 10, 2015
Head coach Steve Kerr said that Curry’s brilliant performance was the latest indication that he badly wants the MVP.
Per the SF Chronicle:
The Warriors have decided not to campaign publicly for Stephen Curry as MVP, but it’s not too late. […] Seemingly, all they would have to do is send the voters video of the final 123 seconds of Thursday night’s game, when the point guard poured in 10 points and turned a 104-103 nail-biter against Portland into a 116-105 Warriors walkover in front of a national TV audience and the 120th consecutive sellout crowd at Oracle Arena.
On a night when he made eight three-pointers to pass the NBA single-season record, Curry scored 19 of his 45 points in the fourth quarter and added 10 assists in the game, just for good measure. […] He ran his season total for threes to 276, breaking his own mark of 272 — set in 2012-13 — in the first half. But Curry made his most important shots down the stretch. With the Warriors clinging to a 104-103 lead, Curry made his only three free throws of the game to give his squad a chance to exhale.
“He never talks about being MVP,” Kerr said. “He never says anything about it, but you better believe that he wants it.” […] “This is special,” Curry said. “I wanted to be healthy and play as many games as I can at a high level, and obviously, I like to shoot the ball. To break a record that I already had is pretty special.”