In the midst of one of the hottest streaks of his brilliant 12-year career, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry had to chuckle when asked if he would like the NBA single-game 3-point record back from his longtime teammate Klay Thompson.
"Absolutely," Curry said after scoring 42 points during Wednesday's 147-109 win over the Thunder in Oklahoma City.
The topic of Thompson's record 14 3-pointers -- a mark he took from Curry in October 2018, after Curry made 13 3-pointers in November 2016 -- came into view Wednesday as Curry hit 11 in 29 minutes. Curry also made reference to a different milestone by Thompson -- his 37-point third quarter in January 2015. Curry scored 25 points and went 8-for-8 from the field in Wednesday's third quarter.
"I was kind of joking with some of the guys tonight because I remember Chicago, and he did it in three quarters," Curry said of Thompson's record 14 treys. "His 37-point quarter was even crazier, because I had 25 tonight and it just seemed like I was invincible out there; this dude had 12 more points in the same amount of time, so that was crazy in and of itself.
"And then the 14 3s. I had 11; I felt like I couldn't miss. I think it's gettable, but we'll see."
Curry's numbers have been eye-popping recently. Wednesday's outing marked the eighth straight game Curry has scored 30 or more points, the longest such stretch in his career. With 11 3-pointers Wednesday and 10 on Monday, it was the second time in his career he has had back-to-back games with 10 or more 3s.
Curry scored 53 points in Monday's win over the Denver Nuggets, passing Wilt Chamberlain to become the Warriors' all-time leading scorer. Wednesday's output also marked the 25th time this season Curry has scored 30 or more points, and it came on a night when the Warriors tied a franchise record with 24 3-pointers.