Steph Curry posts career debut of 50 points and 10 assists, passes Wilt Chamberlain as oldest player to do so – .

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Steph Curry posts career debut of 50 points and 10 assists, passes Wilt Chamberlain as oldest player to do so – .


Entering Monday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, Stephen Curry had been held to 20 points or less in four straight games for the first time since 2014. It wasn’t a question of and an eruption was coming. It was just a matter of when.

In a 127-113 Warriors victory over Atlanta, Curry lost 50 points and 10 assists for the first time in his career. In doing so, Curry became the first player in the league this season to snag a 50-piece while also overtaking Wilt Chamberlin as the oldest player in history to record that 50-10 line.

Curry added seven rebounds, three steals and one block to his ledger. He shot 9 for 19 of 3 and 14 for 28 in total. He made his 13 free throws. The Warriors, who went 9-1, the best in the league, needed it all. The Hawks put them in a 15-point hole with less than four minutes left in the second quarter.

Curry, whose altered minute allocation made him sit still midway through the second quarter, hit a pair of threes and two free throws on his comeback to reduce Atlanta’s lead to four at the end of the half. -time.

At the end of the third quarter, Golden State was up 17.

Do the math, and it’s a 32-point swing over 16 minutes of play. old Warriors. A prolonged hot stretch, or sometimes not even quite if that’s extreme enough, is all they need to get you down.

At this point, any honest conversation about the Golden State Warriors’ meteoric debut had to include their extremely flexible schedule. Six of their nine wins came against the Kings, Pelicans, Hornets, Rockets and Thunder (twice).

As well as playing a lot of bad teams to begin with, the Warriors were able to do so from the comfort of their own homes, having played six straight games at the Chase Center with two more to play – against Minnesota and Chicago – on this mansion all day long. season.

It is not to diminish what they have done. It’s just the context needed for their best defensive rating in the league and their point differential. Through this goal, the victory over Atlanta was the most impressive of the season.

Atlanta didn’t play very well to start the season, but they’re a good team, a conference finalist a year ago, and Trae Young did so in the first half. That Curry and the Warriors didn’t pull out of the fight when they were at 15 on the second night of a game in a row says a lot.

As for Curry, the start of the season has been somewhat chaotic. As mentioned above, he hadn’t scored more than 20 points in a week and a half. Entering the game against Atlanta, he was shooting 42% from the field and 37.4% of 3 – the latter, although a good number for most players, qualifies as borderline cold by Curry’s standards, especially if we consider the small sample size being relatively supported by a big night of 45 points against the Clippers.

Throw that match and Curry came in on Monday shooting just 34% of 3. Again, it wasn’t a question of whether he was going to burst. It was just a matter of when. Unfortunately for the Hawks, this happened under their watch.

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