Curry's total on Friday eclipsed his previous season high set against the Charlotte Bobcats on Dec. 9 by a single point, and you can bet that the Dubs needed every single bucket in order to squeak out a victory over the occupants of the Northwest Division cellar.
After trailing by seven at the half, Curry propelled the Warriors to a 54-point second half as they outscored the Jazz by 12 after intermission.
#StatLineOfTheNight goes to Steph Curry, who finished w/ 44 pts & 4 ast. Curry's 30 2nd half points & 8 3's led GSW to a 95-90 W over Utah.— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) February 1, 2014
"I call them 'heat checks,'" Curry said (via ESPN) when asked about his unbelievable-looking three-pointers that somehow find the bottom of the net.
"Every time I have a clean look, I feel like it's a good shot," Curry continued. "I have the confidence of everybody in the locker room. So if it's time to score and I'm feeling the moment, I got to rise up."
In the win, Curry shot 14-of-26 from the field and a terrific 8-of-13 from beyond the arc (62 percent), which were superior to marks of 14-of-32 shooting from the field and 5-of-16 from three against the Bobcats in December.
However, it's worth noting that Curry went off in the second half against both the Jazz and Bobcats, and the Western Conference All-Star starter was actually two points better in the third and fourth quarters against Charlotte than he was versus Utah. This tweet from GSWStats was sent before Curry hit two late free throws.
Stephen Curry's 28 second-half points are the 2nd most by a Warrior in a half this season (he had 32 in the 2nd at Charlotte)— GSWStats (@gswstats) February 1, 2014
Arguably more fascinating is this statistic from Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group, which suggests that there isn't a positive correlation between Curry scoring at least 40 points and Golden State racking up wins.
All five of Curry's games scoring 40+ were road games. Warriors now 2-3 when Curry reaches 40-point plateau— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) February 1, 2014
After losing four of five games between Jan. 15 and Jan. 24, the Warriors have now won three of their last four and sit three-and-a-half games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the Pacific Division lead, tied with the Phoenix Suns for second place.
And here's where things get interesting: Curry will get a chance to torment the Bobcats again when the Warriors host Charlotte on Tuesday.