Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry added another accomplishment to his lengthy list of them on Monday. In a 116-106 victory against the New Orleans Pelicans, Curry exploded for 46 points in a way that no player ever has before — he made 13 shots from behind the 3-point line. The old record of 12 made 3s was held by Curry, Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall.
Some of Curry’s 3s were in transition. Some were in the halfcourt. Some were out of broken plays. All of them are in this video:
Watching this, it’s amazing how many of these shots swished right through the net cleanly despite Curry being seemingly off-balance or having a hand in his face. This is why he’s the greatest shooter to have ever lived.
Aside from the record breaker, Curry’s sixth 3-pointer, the one where he split a double-team and pulled up from several feet behind the line with 19 seconds on the shot clock, is bound to get the most attention. My favorite, though, might be his ninth. The Pelicans had gone on a run in the third quarter to take the lead, and then the Warriors took it back. Up by only one point, Curry caught an inbounds pass, took one hard dribble to the left and launched a contested leaner with 17 seconds on the shot clock. You could have forgiven New Orleans if it had given up right then.