NEW YORK (REUTERS) - For two days, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry had to listen to former National Basketball Association players critique his game.
From calling him just a perimeter player to saying he would not be able to handle the tough defences of previous eras were spouted throughout the media.
Curry responded the best way he could. The reigning league MVP poured in 46 points, including a game-winning 35-footer to lead the Warriors to a 121-118 overtime victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
"I have no idea how far it was, but I had it rolling all night," Curry said. "Thankfully that last one went in. Confidence is high, so I just launched it."
Curry tied an NBA record shared by Kobe Bryant (2003) and Donyell Marshall (2005) with his 12th three-pointer of the game. He finished 12 of 16 from three-point range.
Guard Klay Thompson added 32 points as the Warriors improved their record to 53-5.
"We're not going to quit," Thompson said. "No matter if we're down four with 10 seconds or up four with 10 seconds. We play all 48 minutes no matter how bad or great we're playing."
Curry also broke the single-season three-pointers record he set last season.
He has 288 this season, two more than his record-setting total.
Forward Kevin Durant had 37 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Thunder. Guard Russell Westbrook contributed 30 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds.