Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry played lights out against the Portland Trail Blazers and post-game revealed that there was a motivation behind his outstanding performance. Curry, the 2015 and 2016 NBA MVP, scored a career-high 62 points to help the Warriors beat the Trail Blazers 137-122 and improve to a 3-3 record.
The Warriors started the season with back-to-back losses, many started to talk about Curry's game and the Warriors' future. On Sunday night, Curry wanted to remind everyone that he's still one of the top players in the league.
"Cue the Jordan meme, right?" Curry said after the game, per ESPN. "I take all that personally." Warriors forward Green sensed that something was up with Curry and he wasn't surprised after the two-time NBA MVP dropped 62 points on the Trail Blazers.
"I think that was right up there with the majority of them, with the best of them," Warriors forward Draymond Green said. "Just because of all the talk that's been going around. To come out -- I could see it from the very first possession.
I told (Kevon Looney) early in the game, you keep screening and get in his way, he's not passing. Something's going on. He's shooting the ball. It was great to see, though. He came out looking like a man on a mission.
And that was right up there with one of his best performances that I've witnessed."
Curry put on a highlight reel but the stands weren't full
"I wanted to take him out with 30 seconds left so the 42 people in the stands could give him a standing ovation," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr joked.
"These games are eerie. You come into this beautiful building and we're so used to our fans packing every seat and going crazy and it's really sad -- every game -- home or road. I just feel sad for what's happening with the pandemic and we're blessed and lucky to play, but I look forward to the day when fans are back in our building."
James Wiseman, who was taken at No. 2 by the Warriors in this past NB draft, was amazed by Curry's performance. "It's crazy," Wiseman said of Curry's performance. "It reminded me of 2K because I used to play with Steph all the time and I used to drop like 60.
So just like actually watching it personally, that was phenomenal. He's a legend, so just watching in person, it was great."