SAN FRANCISCO — Stephen Curry recorded a career-best 62 points with eight 3-pointers and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 137-122 on Sunday night.
Curry, who shot 18 of 31 from the field and made 18 of his 19 attempts the free throw line, added five rebounds and five assists as he put the Warriors on his back en route to scoring the most points by a Golden State player since 1974.
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“I love it. I love everything about what this game offers, the competitiveness and the fire,” Curry, who scored 21-point first quarter said. “I never run from it. Just excited to be in that atmosphere where I get to play at the highest level and do what I do.”
The free-scoring guard also collected his 10th career 30-point half as the Warriors (3-3) went into the halftime break with a 66-54 lead.
“When you have something to be excited about you kind of feed off your own energy,” said Curry.
Fellow Warriors guard Klay Thompson, who is out with a season-ending injury, acknowledged Curry’s 62-point performance on Twitter.
“Sheeeesh (at)StephenCurry30!!” Thompson posted on Twitter. “Welcome to the club big bro #62.” Thompson himself scored 60 on Dec. 5, 2016, against the Indiana Pacers.
Andrew Wiggins added 21 points and seven rebounds, Kelly Oubre Jr. finished with 17 points and five boards, while rookie James Wiseman ended with 12 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks for Golden State, which split the two-game season meetings with Portland.
Damian Lillard scored 32 points, four rebounds, and four assists for Portland, while CJ McCollum added 28 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
Enes Kanter collected a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Trail Blazers (3-3).
Draymond Green returned for his second game for Golden State and played 28 minutes. He eight assists and scored one point.
Trail Blazers: Host Chicago on Tuesday night.
Warriors: Host Sacramento on Monday night.