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Stephen Curry vs. Magic: Stats, Highlights and Twitter Reaction

Mike Norris@@MikeNorrisBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2016

Feb 25, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry steps around Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo (5) during the first quarter of a basketball game at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry was playing in his fifth road game in seven days, but he managed to lead his team to a 130-114 victory over the Orlando Magic with 51 points, eight assists and seven rebounds Thursday at the Amway Center.

It was the third time Curry, who was three off his career high, has topped 50 points this season, per GSWStats:

Golden State Warriors @warriors

Get buckets! Watch all of @StephenCurry30's 20 made FGs from tonight's win. https://t.co/PDHlPHJly7

Curry not only led the way on 20-of-27 shooting, but he also set an NBA record in the first quarter by knocking down a three-pointer in his 128th straight game:

Warriors PR @WarriorsPR

Stephen Curry is the first player with three 50-point games in a single season since LeBron James & Dwyane Wade both had three in 2008-09

Last year's NBA MVP decided that wasn't enough, as his fourth three-pointer of the night gave him the top three seasons in terms of three-pointers made in league history, per ESPN Stats & Info:

Although he hit 10 from downtown Thursday, he also took it to the rim early against the Magic:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

The @warriors' Stephen Curry broke another record. A look into 2 impressive 3-pt streaks https://t.co/7xvFjlLO9u https://t.co/OKcXvYkSxI

But in typical fashion, just to be sure no one forgot three-point shooting is his forte, Curry nailed this half-court heave to end the third quarter with 24 points and push his total to 46:

Matt Moore of CBS Sports didn't need any reminders:

Curry also has the market cornered when it comes to points through the first 36 minutes, per SportsCenter:

Matt Dollinger of Sports Illustrated thought the shot was second nature for Curry:

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Most Pts through 3 quarters in a game this season: Feb 3 - Steph Curry: 44 Dec 16 - Klay Thompson: 43 Oct 31 - Curry: 43 Nov 27 - Curry: 41

Skip Bayless of ESPN took a different approach:

Matt Dollinger @matt_dollinger

I love that I was pretty sure Steph Curry was going to make that.

ESPN producer Scott Turken summed up everyone's reaction to Curry's play:

Skip Bayless @RealSkipBayless

Steph Curry is incredibly, amazingly impossibly unbelievable. 24 points in the 3rd q at Orl, including half-courter at buzzer? Unreal.

It's an appropriate one, considering Curry puts up shooting numbers like these, per ESPN Stats & Info:

Scott Turken @Turk0219

Live reaction of every NBA fan to Steph Curry https://t.co/PqXiLNMNjp

In what was a close game through the first two quarters, with Orlando leading 63-59 at halftime, Curry's third-quarter effort helped give Golden State an eight-point lead heading into the final quarter. Head coach Steve Kerr put his star on the bench, and as the lead grew, it looked as though he might stay there for the rest of the game.

However, Curry came back in at the 5:48 mark with Golden State leading 115-102, and he hit his 10th three-pointer of the night a few minutes later to stretch the lead to 123-107.

His shooting from behind the arc has been hard to believe, per GSWStats:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Curry this season: 2nd player with multi. streaks of consec. 40 pt gms 8th 20+ pt Qtr 6 gms with 40+ pt in 3 Qtrs https://t.co/Xwr7045GJn

Curry, who played 34 minutes in the game, was leading the league in scoring with 30.0 points per game coming in, and Thursday's performance, which included just one free throw, pushed the mark to 30.4. The Warriors improved to 52-5 with Curry's help and are on pace to break the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' record of 72 wins.

If Curry keeps his hot shooting up, and nothing suggests he won't, he'll be a shoo-in to win his second straight MVP award.

Postgame Reaction

Fittingly, the postgame talk focused on Curry’s unbelievable night. You know it’s good when Magic Johnson, one of the NBA’s all-time best players, is complimenting your game:

Warriors PR @WarriorsPR

Stephen Curry has nine threes in a game for the eighth time in his career (seven of those games have come on the road)

It was such a strong effort, the Warriors shared video of all 20 of Curry's made baskets:

Earvin Magic Johnson @MagicJohnson

.@StephenCurry30 scored his 51pts in so many different ways, 3 pointers, lay ups, FTs and half court shots! I love watching him play!

Kerr downplayed the three-point record when talking with reporters, not because it wasn't a big deal, but because Curry makes shooting them look so easy, per the Associated Press via ESPN.com.

"I don't know that the record is that significant because it's so simple for him. His 3-point shot is like a 2-point shot. It's what he does," Kerr said.

Orlando head coach Scott Skiles thinks Curry's record, which is one more than Kyle Korver's 127 straight games with a three, will continue for a long time. He talked to reporters about how tough guarding Curry is:

The way he makes them is totally different from Kyle. Kyle is sprinting off screens and it's possible you could switch out and maybe take some away from him, whereas Steph, there are so many of them off the dribble and from 30 feet and fading away. ... He'd just have to be off that night, and that certainly doesn't happen very often.

As hard as it was to guard Curry, his seven rebounds led the team and his eight assists tied for the team high with Draymond Green. There isn't much more that can be said about Curry at this point. His shooting—especially from three-point range—is like nothing NBA fans have ever seen, and there doesn't appear to be anyone who can slow him down anytime soon.

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