OKLAHOMA CITY – The NBA record book suddenly is taking on the characteristics of a biography.
Stephen Curry’s biography.
He has spent this season forcing rewrites of the record book, stepping it up on the current road trip, forcing edits yet again, on the fly, Saturday night in the Warriors’ pulsating 121-118 overtime victory over the Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Curry scored 46 points, raining a dozen 3-pointers upon Oklahoma City.
His 10th trey, pulling the Warriors within one (108-107) with 3:53 left in OT, made him the first player ever to make at least 10 in back-to-back games.
His 11th bomb, tying it at 110-110 with 2:29 left, pushed him past the single-season record (286) he set last season.
His 12th, the game-winner in OT, tied the NBA record shared by Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall for most made in a single game.
Curry now has 288 treys, with 24 games remaining.
“It’s a pretty cool experience to try to keep setting the bar when it comes to shooting the 3,” Curry said. “It’s something that is a big part of my game. But I never would have thought at this point of the season that I would be closing in on 300.
“That still doesn’t quite make sense to me. I’ve always tried to push the envelope and keep getting better. But a lot has to go right to get to this point.”
It was particularly impressive that Curry did most of his destruction on a bum left ankle. He had 15 points (4-of-5 from deep) before tweaking his ankle when Thunder guard Russell Westbrook landed on it early in the third quarter.
Curry exited with 10:29 left in the third, got his ankle re-taped and returned with 5:10 left in the quarter. He played 18 minutes the rest of the way, pouring in 31 points – including the game-winner, a 32-footer with .6 seconds left in overtime.
“It’s absurd,” Draymond Green said of the clutch bucket.
“I got good rhythm dribbling up and found a spot to take off from,” Curry said. “I had confidence all night and, thankfully, that last one went in and we had the opportunity to win the game.”
Curry for the game was 14-of-24 from the field, and an astonishing 12-of-16 beyond the arc. He is 33-of-54 (61.1 percent) from deep over the last four games.
“What Steph did was (go) from the ridiculous to the sublime,” Kerr said.