Stephen Curry is the runaway favorite to win the NBA’s MVP award this season, which would be his second straight.
Stephen Curry put an exclamation point on an otherworldly season Wednesday night, pouring in 46 points as the Warriors secured their 73rd win, one-upping the 72-10 mark set by Jordan’s Bulls.
In scoring those 46 points — which he did on 24 shots (Kobe Bryant took 50 to score 60 points in his farewell game Wednesday night) — and setting a record for wins, Curry also established a new league high for three-pointers made, as he canned 10 to give him 402 on the season.
His teammate Klay Thompson was No. 2 on the list, trailing Curry by a mere 126 threes.
Curry’s three-point total obliterates the previous record of 286, which he set last season. The 116 increase in threes represents more than any single Knicks player made this season — Carmelo Anthony led New York with 105 makes from beyond the arc.
The 46 point outburst also pushed Curry’s points per game average over 30, making him the only player in NBA history to have a 50-40-90 season while averaging more than 30 points a game. Larry Bird’s 1987-88 season is the closest statistical comparison, but even the Celtics legend’s season falls short of being an accurate measuring stick.
Stephen Curry has his fourth game of 10 three pointers or more Wednesday night against the Grizzlies. According to ESPN Stats and Info, no player has four games with 10 threes in their career, let alone four in a season.
Bird shot 41 percent from three-point range that year, but took just 237 threes and made 98. In fact, Bird didn’t even lead the league in made threes that year; his teammate Danny Ainge did with 148. Curry took an eye-popping 886, making up 55 percent of Curry’s total field goal attempts this season compared to just 14 percent for Bird in 1987-88.
“I just try to keep getting better,” said Curry, who locked up his first scoring title ahead of what will likely be a second MVP and, perhaps, a Most Improved Player award, too. “I just want to keep pushing myself.”