Stephen Curry is having a fantastic season. He is well on his way to another MVP award and he is leading the Golden State Warriors to a record-breaking season at the top of the Western Conference, and possibly even back-to-back NBA Championships.
Over 57 games so far this season, Curry has scored 1751 points, averaging 30.7 points per game. The highest amount of points he has had in a single game this year was 51 points on two occasions, against the Orlando Magic and the Washington Wizards.
It looks like whenever he takes a shot, no matter where it is on the court, it's almost a certainty he will score. However, when he was asked if he could ever break LA Lakers' Kobe Bryant's 81-point game record from January 2006 against the Toronto Raptors, the NBA’s second-highest scoring display behind Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game from 1962, he wasn't as confident.
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He said, according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News: “Not a chance. There’s a reason why people are still talking about that game to this day. It’s so special.”
Many would say he could because he has such a high conversion rate percentage this season. Nevertheless, despite this, Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton has said if the team was ever in a situation where the game became a blowout because of Curry's performance, he would be taken off and rested.
He said: “Steph is a talented enough scorer that you could definitely say it’s a possibility. But it’s not very realistic. If we’re blowing someone out, he’s going to rest.”
Lakers head coach Byron Scott believes the league's current MVP is capable of breaking Kobe's record too, but he feels because the Warriors have so many stars, there is no need for him to carry the team like that.
“If there’s one guy in the league that has a chance of doing it, it would be him. But they’ve got so many weapons that’s it not needed from him to have that type of game to shoot it 40 times,” he said.
If anyone could do it in the future, right now you would say Curry because of his consistency, but the man himself said that Bryant's consistency on that night was unbelievable.
“The consistency is just unreal. I know he didn’t have too many weapons on that team. So Toronto was trying to stop him, and they couldn’t figure it out. It boggles your mind to think how he did that.”
Bryant and Curry will clash on Sunday night when the Lakers host the Warriors at the Staples Center.