Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry's brief struggles from beyond the arc ended in typically emphatic fashion on Monday night (7 August) as he broke the NBA's single-game record for three-pointers.
Three-time All-Star Curry, who last season was unanimously awarded his second successive MVP award, saw his incredible run of 157 games with at least one trey snapped on Friday after he went 0 for 10 from distance in a shock blowout defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers. That was quickly remedied yesterday, however, after the 28-year-old netted no fewer than 13 triples to help the Dubs beat struggling Western Conference rivals the New Orleans Pelicans, now 0-7, 116-106 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
"That was quite a show," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said after watching his star-studded outfit, whose quest for back-to-back championship runs ended in June after they famously blew a 3-1 finals lead over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, improve to 5-2 on the season.
"Not at all surprising with the way Steph bounces back from bad nights. He's done it throughout his career where he comes right back off of a bad night and lights it up. It didn't surprise me."
Curry was already tied for the record before last night, with his 12 three-pointers made in February's hugely entertaining defeat of the Oklahoma City Thunder – a run that included a mind-boggling and game-winning 38-foot shot in the last second of overtime – equalling Lakers icon Kobe Bryant and former NBA journeyman Donyell Marshall. He registered 46 points on 16 for 26 shooting against the Pelicans, with his 13 successful threes coming from 17 total attempts.
Golden State, who also got 22 points from high-profile summer free agent capture Kevin Durant and saw the early-season shooting slump experienced by Curry's fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson end with 24, entertain a 1-5 Dallas Mavericks team containing former Warriors Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes next before travelling to face the London-bound Denver Nuggets on the second night of a back-to-back.