Steph Curry got his franchise record out of the way quickly Monday night. He didn’t stop and lit up the Denver Nuggets.
Curry poured in 53 points to pass Wilt Chamberlain as the Golden State Warriors’ all-time scoring leader in a 116-107 victory. His third 50-point game of the season and ninth of his career helped Golden State win for the third time in four games.
Needing 19 points to pass Chamberlain coming into the game, Curry set the mark early. He scored 21 points in the first quarter, shooting 6-of-9 from the field, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range. Curry passed Chamberlain on a driving layup with 1:40 left in the quarter.
Curry finished the night 14-of-24 from the field, 10-of-18 on 3s and 15-of-16 on free throws. It was Curry’s 18th career game with at least 10 3-pointers, most in NBA history. Teammate Klay Thompson has the second-most with five such games.
In his 12th season, Curry has averaged 23.9 points per game since being drafted seventh overall in 2009. He entered Monday averaging 29.9 points this season, just shy of his career high of 30.1. Curry has been the leader of the 3-point revolution that has taken over the game and passed Reggie Miller earlier this season for second place on the NBA’s career 3-pointers list.
Chamberlain scored 17,783 points in five-plus seasons for the Philadelphia and San Francisco Warriors from 1959-60 to 1964-65. Chamberlain averaged 41.5 points per game, including an NBA-record 50.4 points in 1961-62.