Golden State Warriors Steph Curry, became the all-time leading scorer in Warriors history with the ninth 50-point game of his career, exploding for 53 in a 116-107 victory over the Denver Nuggets.
Although the Nuggets might have lost more than just a second straight game, as standout guard Jamal Murray went down with an apparent left-knee injury with 50.6 remaining in the game. Murray, who had missed the previous four games with a sore right knee, was escorted straight to the locker room after the fall, which came at the end of a 17-point night.
Needing 18 to equal Chamberlain’s record, it took him just 10 minutes and 20 seconds to catch and pass the Warriors legend, with five three-pointers and two free throws setting the stage for a driving layup over former team-mate JaVale McGee for his 18th and 19th points of the night.
However, Despite Curry’s early brilliance, the Warriors trailed for most of the first two-and-a-half periods before taking charge with a 43-point third-quarter that opened a double-digit lead.
Down 18 with 7:58 to go, the Nuggets got as close as 111-104 with 1:16 left, but Murray’s injury then occurred on a drive to the hoop, killing Denver’s final hope.
Curry’s 53 points were his third-most this season, while trailing only a career-best 62 against Portland in January and 57 at Dallas in February. Draymond Green had 18 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals for the Warriors, while Andrew Liggins added 17 and Kent Bazemore 14.
Concluding the game, Nikola Jokic finished with 27 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for the Nuggets. Michael Porter Jr had 24 points and Monte Morris 10 for Denver.