In doing so, he also became the second.
The Warriors star scored 31 points in each half of the win over the Blazers, which is an exceedingly rare achievement. In fact, since the start of the 1996-97 season, there has been only one other occurrence in which a player scored at least 30 points in each half. The late Kobe Bryant scored 32 points in the first half and another 30 in the second for the Los Angeles Lakers in a win over the Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 20, 2005.
Curry hit the ground running Sunday, and closed with a fury. He scored 21 points in the first quarter, and another 17 in the fourth to help close out the victory. His tremendous performance put him in some very exclusive company, although Bryant accomplished the feat in the first three quarters before sitting out the fourth.
If that sounds familiar to Warriors fans, it should. Curry’s fellow Splash Brother, Klay Thompson, scored a career-high 60 points in three quarters — and just 29 minutes — in a win over the Indiana Pacers on Dec. 5, 2016. Curry had never scored more than 54 points in a game before Sunday, and Thompson made sure to congratulate him for crossing the 60-point threshold.
Curry’s career-best performance Sunday was an effective rebuke of those questioning his legacy. In fact, by joining Bryant in such rarified air, he added to it.