Stephen Curry Drops 53 as Warriors Beat Nuggets; Jamal Murray Exits with Injury

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 13, 2021

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) gestures after scoring against the Denver Nuggets to pass Wilt Chamberlain to become the franchise's all-time leading scorer during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Monday, April 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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Steph Curry needed 19 points Monday night versus the Denver Nuggets to surpass legend Wilt Chamberlain and set the Golden State Warriors' all-time scoring record.

So he scored 21. In the first quarter alone.

He didn't stop there, finishing with 53 to lead the Dubs past the Nuggets 116-107.


21 first-quarter points for Stephen Curry as he passes Wilt to become the @warriors all-time scoring leader! https://t.co/gcZZIcQzw0


With this basket, Steph stands alone as the @warriors all-time leading scorer, passing Wilt Chamberlain! https://t.co/oNMcdDuztF

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Draymond and Steph share a moment after Steph becomes the Warriors' all-time leading scorer 🙏 (via @warriors) https://t.co/WolSDQvGhk


History for Steph. @StephenCurry30 becomes the Warriors' all-time leading scorer after passing Wilt Chamberlain. https://t.co/TsMBWoeOPb

Curry, as usual, was awesome. He outscored his teammates 30-26 in the first half. He hit 10 threes. It was the ninth 50-point game of his career and his third this season. Add it to his future Hall of Fame plaque.

The Crossover @TheCrossover

What an absurd Steph Curry stat 😲 #DubNation https://t.co/68TfQnfCFr

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron

This is Steph Curry's 14th career 30-point half, which is a pretty incredible stat.

ESPN @espn

Legendary bucket-getters 👀 https://t.co/Vzc8xObmkf

The win moved the Warriors to 26-28, keeping them locked in to 10th place in the Western Conference. If the Dubs are going to stay in the hunt for a playoff berth, even through the play-in tournament, they will need Curry to stay hot. It's a big ask, but the two-time MVP is the rare player up to the task.

The Nuggets dropped to 34-20 and remained fourth in the Western Conference. Jamal Murray left the game in the final minute with what appeared to be a knee injury, as the Nuggets star was in clear pain before he limped off the court.

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Jamal Murray was helped off the court after an apparent knee injury with 50 seconds left against the Warriors. https://t.co/sz7akzOiq4

It was a somber ending to an otherwise exciting night in San Francisco.


Key Stats

Steph Curry, GSW: 53 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 10-of-18 from three

Draymond Green, GSW: 18 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals

Andrew Wiggins, GSW: 17 points

Nikola Jokic, DEN: 27 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists

Jamal Murray, DEN: 17 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals

Michael Porter Jr., DEN: 24 points, 9 rebounds, 1-of-7 from three


Curry Keeps on Cooking

Curry is singlehandedly keeping the Warriors in the postseason race, with seven straight games of 30 points. To put that in perspective, it's the longest streak of 30-point games in the NBA this season.

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Stephen Curry has scored 30 points in seven straight games, the longest streak by a Warriors player since Rick Barry in 1967. https://t.co/wS8yM0W6Px

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe

Stephen Curry. Ball in hands. Attacking his man. Mixing up between PNR and ISO and transition. Everyone flowing off that. This is the system.

Drew Shiller @DrewShiller

Steph Curry is a joke. In the best way possible. It’s silly

The Warriors have needed every point, going just 4-3 in those games, and things won't get easier. Klay Thompson was already out for the year, and with rookie center James Wiseman potentially lost for the season with a meniscus injury and Kelly Oubre Jr. having suffered a sprained wrist, the Warriors are thin.

Curry can do more than most. He's the greatest shooter in NBA history and now Golden State's franchise leader in scoring. But even he has his limits. Well, at least normally. Lately, he's been unstoppable.


Murray's Injury Made a Bad Night Worse for Denver

Murray returned after missing four games with right knee soreness and was understandably rusty. It looked like the storyline would be that the Nuggets lost to the Dubs after blowing a 14-point lead against the Boston Celtics on Sunday and their lack of composure of late:

Hardwood Paroxysm @HPbasketball

The Nuggets last week: DOMINANT. The Nuggets in the last 48 hours: hapless.

Andy Glockner @AndyGlockner

This is partly schedule fatigue, partly "typical NBA March which is happening in April this season," and partly the Nuggets flashing some immaturity that they need to iron out for when the games really matter. The last 32 hours have not been flattering for them after much hype.

Chris Herring @Herring_NBA

They lose their composure too easily. This game. Last game.

Nate Jones @JonesOnTheNBA

Steph is Steph, but I also think the Nuggets are going to have trouble defending guards. Gordon helps them size up with big wings, but Craig and Harris were key to them defending guards.

But then he drove the lane in the final minute and hit the floor hard, writhing in pain while holding his knee. In that moment, the result of the game was irrelevant.

Nate Jones @JonesOnTheNBA

I hate seeing anyone get hurt, but especially hate seeing a guy get hurt that’s playing hard until the final buzzer. In Murray’s mind there was still a chance to win or take the game to OT.

CJ McCollum @CJMcCollum

Prayers up @BeMore27 🙏🏽

Without Murray, the Nuggets would go from a title contender to a team that would struggle to advance deep into the playoffs in the loaded West. It would be a devastating blow for Denver, which loaded up for a run by trading for Aaron Gordon and had been red-hot before losing its last two contests.


What's Next?

The Nuggets will host the Miami Heat at 10 p.m. ET Wednesday. The Dubs return to the court that same night at the Oklahoma City Thunder at 9 p.m. ET.


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