Now averaging 31.3 points per game to lead the NBA, Steph Curry knocked down his 85th 3-pointer in April during Golden State’s 117-113 win over the Kings on Sunday, moving him past James Harden for the most 3-pointers in a single month of basketball. (Harden’s record was 82.)
With two April games left to play, Curry’s aerial assault on the NBA record books is far from over, and he has a good shot at cracking 100 triples on the month.
In Sunday’s win over the Kings, the Golden State Warriors star finished with 37 points (11-of-21 FG, 8-of-11 FT), seven rebounds, four assists, seven triples, one steal, one block and seven turnovers in his 38 minutes of floor time. It was Curry’s 30th game this season with at least 30 points and his sixth April game with at least seven makes from 3-point range.
“It’s just trying to get a decent look, get your feet underneath you, and then the rest is muscle memory, confidence and just creativity, so just trying to be in the moment as much as possible,” Curry said Sunday. “When you’re missing, that’s when you start thinking about mechanics, you start thinking about other stuff, those thoughts creep in your head. But when you’re in a flow, in rhythm, there is not much going on upstairs. It’s nice.”
Currently in 10th place in the Western Conference at 31-30 after winning seven of their last 10 games, the Warriors are in position to qualify for the NBA’s play-in postseason tournament and are well ahead of the 11th place New Orleans Pelicans (26-34).
In April, Curry is averaging 38.1 points per game on 52.9% shooting from the field and 47.2% shooting from deep. Though it began last month, Curry became the first player in NBA history age 33 or older to score 30 or more points in 11 straight games during a stretch from March 29 to April 19.
“The best part about what we get to do is you don’t focus on results, you focus on the process,” Curry said. “And that, for me, is how this happens. And it doesn’t make me get bigheaded and thinking I’m the world’s greatest in terms of I can’t get better. But it makes me fall in love with the process even more and keep doubling down on what goes into trying to perfect your craft and put the work in and find new ways to get better.”
Curry was not getting much attention in the MVP race prior to this month, but his performance in April should have him back in the conversation as the NBA wraps up its season over the next month or so.
The Warriors play the Mavericks on the 27th and the T-Wolves on the 29th to close out April.
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