On Monday, Warriors guard Stephen Curry set an NBA record with 13 made 3-pointers in Golden State’s 116-106 victory over the winless New Orleans Pelicans. In his seventh career game with at least 10 3s, Curry, who finished with 46 points, went 13-of-17 from deep and topped the existing NBA record of 12 3s, which he previously tied in a February win over Oklahoma City.
Considering its historic significance, Monday’s game at Oracle Arena is rightfully considered to be one of the most impressive of Curry’s NBA career. But the two-time defending MVP has also had no shortage of unbelievable performances during his seven-plus years in the league. To whittle Curry’s other greatest games down to a digestible list is an ambitious undertaking, and there are several superhuman performances that simply couldn’t make the cut, but here’s a look at the top 10 others that did.
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Oct. 31, 2015, at New Orleans
Monday wasn’t the first time Curry completely thrashed the Pelicans. Curry averaged 34 points per game during a first-round sweep of New Orleans during the 2015 playoffs, then hung 40 on them in last year’s season opener. But the kicker came in a Halloween rematch four days later, when Curry scored 53 points on 17-of-27 shooting, including 28 in the third quarter alone. Golden State won the game, part of a 24-game streak to start the season, and Curry’s 53 points represent the second-best scoring game of his career.
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Feb. 27, 2013, at New York
It’s exceedingly rare for a player to go for 50 in a losing effort, but that’s what Curry did against the Knicks in early 2013, when he scored a career-high 54 in a 109-105 defeat. But while the game made Curry one of just 19 players to score at least 54 points in a loss, it’s still hard to argue that his career-best line (18-of-28 shooting, 11-of-13 from 3) isn’t worthy of consideration for this list.
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Feb. 27, 2016, at Oklahoma City
Apparently this date is good luck for Curry, who went for 46 points in an overtime win over the Thunder and hit 12 3s on 16 attempts three years to the day after his 54-point game at Madison Square Garden. The most impressive of those 3s, however, was the game-winner, which came from just inside half-court with one second left in the overtime period. This season the Warriors visit Philadelphia on Feb. 27, so you might want to preemptively circle that one on your calendar, just in case.
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Feb. 25, 2016, at Orlando
Two nights before going bananas in that win over the Thunder, Curry set the NBA record for consecutive games with a 3-pointer in Golden State’s lone Orlando visit last season. But Curry didn’t stop with just one 3 at Amway Center — he hit 10, then added seven rebounds and eight assists to his 51-point total in a 130-114 Warriors win.
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Jan. 22, 2016, vs. Indiana
It’s so easy to get caught up in Curry’s scoring that his other abilities tend to get overlooked. Yet for his career, Curry has seven triple-doubles, tied for 12th among active players. The best of the bunch came in a January win over the Pacers that saw Curry add 39 points to his 10 rebounds and 12 assists. The game was one of just four in his career in which he scored 39 or more points on 19 or fewer field goal attempts.
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May 25, 2015, at Houston
Another one of those four low-volume, high-scoring games came in the Warriors’ Game 3 rout of the Rockets during the 2015 Western Conference Finals. That night, Curry scored 40 points on 12-of-19 shooting, including a 7-of-9 mark from 3-point range. And while Curry does have one higher-scoring playoff game in his career — 44 points in a 2013 loss to the San Antonio Spurs — that double-OT showing saw Curry spend 23 more minutes on the floor and take 16 more shots.
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April 12, 2013, at L.A. Lakers
Historically, Curry hasn’t always been at his best against the Lakers, and just last week, L.A. ended Curry’s streak of 157 straight games with a 3-pointer. But during the final week of the 2012-13 season, Curry dropped 47 on the Lakers in a losing effort and out-dueled Kobe Bryant, who scored 34 before exiting with a torn Achilles that cost Bryant the majority of the following season.
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April 13, 2016, vs. Memphis
Three years and one day after lighting up the Lakers for 47, Curry dropped in 46 points thanks in large part to his 10 3-pointers in a 125-104 home win over the Grizzlies. As it happens, Curry also had 47 points (but only seven 3s), in a loss against the Trail Blazers on April 13, 2014, and on April 14, 2010 — in a different visit to Portland — Curry scored 42, his career high in games with fewer than five made 3-pointers. This year’s regular-season finale is April 12 against the Lakers, so consider them put on notice.
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Feb. 3, 2016, at Washington
One night before he and his team visited the White House to be honored by President Obama, Curry put on a show in the nation’s capital, snapping out of a funk with 25 first-quarter points on 9-of-10 shooting and 7-of-8 shooting from 3. Curry went on to finish the night with 51 points — he’d scored 50 total in his previous three games — and 11 3-pointers as the Warriors dealt the Wizards a 134-121 defeat.
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Feb. 4, 2015, vs. Dallas
Like late February and mid-April, early February is also apparently good luck for Curry, who has averaged 23.1 points in 78 career February games. In this one, a 128-114 home win over the Mavericks, Curry scored 26 points in the third quarter and 51 points overall, as the Warriors rallied from 22 points down to win. For the game, Curry finished with 10 3-pointers on 16 attempts.