NBA: Stephen Curry goes from zero to hero

Warriors guard Stephen Curry shoots a three-pointer over Pelicans forward Terrence Jones in Golden State's 116-106 win at Oracle Arena. Curry had 46 points.
Warriors guard Stephen Curry shoots a three-pointer over Pelicans forward Terrence Jones in Golden State's 116-106 win at Oracle Arena. Curry had 46 points.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Days after failing to hit a three-pointer in an NBA game, he sinks a record 13 treys in win

OAKLAND (California) • Stephen Curry set a new National Basketball Association (NBA) single-game record with 13 three-pointers as the Golden State Warriors downed the winless New Orleans Pelicans 116-106 on Monday.

Curry, who on Friday had seen his record 157-game streak with at least one three-pointer end in a 117-97 defeat by the Los Angeles Lakers, finished with 46 points after a virtuoso display.

The reigning NBA Most Valuable Player's 13 threes broke the previous record of 12 he had shared with Kobe Bryant (2003) and Donyell Marshall (2005). Curry hit 12 three-pointers in a win at Oklahoma City last February.

"That's a pretty cool record to have," he said.

"It probably won't last too long, the way guys shoot in this league. But to have the three-point record is pretty special."

Curry, who was 0-for-10 from behind the arc in his last outing against the Lakers, said he did not dwell on his setback last week. It was the first time in two years he had not drained a three.

"I was thinking about it a bit in practice for the last two days, but after that it was over," he said. "It was nice to keep shooting. And thankfully they went in."

He paid tribute to the work of his team-mates in helping to set him into position for his three-point bonanza, especially his 13th and final effort in the fourth quarter.

"The guys set great screens all night. And on that last play, they had the IQ to know where I was. Pretty fun night," he added.

The win saw the Warriors improve to 5-2 while the Pelicans slumped to 0-7 despite another big-point haul from Anthony Davis, who finished with 33.

The New Orleans power forward has averaged 30 points per game so far this season.

Curry nailed three three-pointers in a 27-5 scoring run in the second quarter which transformed a 34-35 deficit into a 61-40 lead shortly before half-time.

But a 24-9 surge by the Pelicans in the third quarter helped New Orleans back into the contest. Once again, though, Curry intervened to turn the tide, hitting his ninth and 10th three-pointers of the night to help the Warriors to an 84-78 lead.

Klay Thompson finished with 24 points and Kevin Durant added 22 points for the Warriors.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 09, 2016, with the headline 'From zero to hero for Curry'. Print Edition | Subscribe