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Steph Curry Scores 53 vs. Pelicans: Stats, Highlights and Twitter Reaction

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistNovember 1, 2015

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives to the basket between New Orleans Pelicans forward Luke Babbitt (8), forward Alonzo Gee (15) and forward Ryan Anderson (33) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015. The Warriors won 134-120. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Gerald Herbert/Associated Press

Stephen Curry laughs at championship hangovers. 

After dropping 40 points in the Golden State Warriors' season-opening win over the New Orleans Pelicans and pouring in 25 in Friday night's victory against the Houston Rockets, the NBA's reigning MVP exploded for 53 points in a 134-120 win over the Pelicans on Saturday.

Stephen Curry vs. New Orleans Pelicans (Oct. 31)
PointsFGA/FGM3PA/3PMReboundsAssistsTurnoversSteals
5317/278/144924
Source: NBA.com

According to Basketball-Reference.com, Curry became the first player since Dwyane Wade in 2009 to drop at least 50 points and nine dimes in a game, and his third-quarter performance stole the show. 

While New Orleans scored 26 points as a team in the third, Curry scored 28 by himself. According to Elias Sports Bureau (via GSWStats), Curry's 28 third-quarter points were the most by a player in a quarter since teammate Klay Thompson dropped 37 on the Sacramento Kings last season.

"Give that man MVP already," Warriors forward Marreese Speights said following the win, per ESPN.com's Ethan Sherwood Strauss

NBA.com/Stats offered a look at Curry's shot chart:

NBA.com/Stats @nbastats

Steph's #SplashChart: 53 points on 17-of-27 shooting! 1 point off tying his career-high @warriors 💦💦💦 https://t.co/gfedz2cDsL

Curry's performance prompted the Brooklyn Game's Devin Kharpertian to suggest a frightening prospect:

devin kharpertian @uuords

Haunted House idea: walk through a gym where you have to defend Stephen Curry

CBS Sports' Matt Moore put Curry's dominance into perspective:

Hardwood Paroxysm @HPbasketball

Steph might seriously average 37 if it weren’t for the fact that the rest of his team makes his play in the 4th unnecessary

If this is just the beginning, the rest of the NBA is in for a long season. Curry and the Warriors haven't skipped a beat since hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy in June, and somehow the reigning MVP looks more confident than he did a season ago.

Golden State will host the defensively inclined Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena on Monday night, but if Curry's play over the past week has been any indication, Tony Allen and Co. will have a hard time slowing him down.

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