Stephen Curry caught fire Sunday night against the Portland Trail Blazers, pouring in 62 points on 18-of-31 from the field and 8-of-16 from behind the arc, aided by a career-high 19 free throw attempts. It was a perfect example of how Curry’s role has changed this year and an incredibly bright spot in what has been a frustratingly uneven start for the Warriors.
Injuries have been a major factor and the Warriors are without Klay Thompson for the season as he recovers from an Achilles tear. But Thompson was psyched to see his long-time teammate set a new personal best.
Sheeeesh @StephenCurry30 🔥!! Welcome to the club big bro #62 🐐
— klay thompson (@KlayThompson) January 4, 2021
Thompson famously scored 60 points on Dec. 5, 2016, against the Indiana Pacers, hitting 13-of-19 from beyond the arc and needing just 11 dribbles to rack up all those points. Thompson and Curry are two of the greatest shooters to ever play in the NBA and it’s clear they’re not done pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.
Who else besides Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson is in the 60-point club?
There have been just 74 60-point games in NBA history but Wilt Chamberlain kind of dominates the list with 32 of those to his name. Only five other players besides Wilt — Kobe Bryant (6), Michael Jordan (4), James Harden (4), Elgin Baylor (3), Damian Lillard (3) — have done it more than once. Twenty-two other players have a single 60-point game on their record, a group that includes both Thompson and Curry.