Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry's 11-game series of scoring at least 30 points finished Wednesday night during a 118-114 reduction into the Washington Wizards.
Curry shot 7-for-25 from the area, including a season-worst 2-for-14 from beyond the arc, and finished with 18 points. Despite the loss and the inadequate performance in Washington,'' Curry said he was proud of everything he accomplished over the past month.
"It was a great run," Curry said after the match. "It had been something that hadn't been achieved before. It was likely to end sooner or later. You have to begin a different one. So it's just a matter of this next-play mentality. Only try to get rejuvenated when we move home -- to do it house, street, some huge games, put a series together. It was a particular ride, for sure. And never truly get too swept up on individual streaks or accolades like this. There were several historical names that I was able to maneuver. And doing something at this era was pretty specific."
Curry became the first player since Kobe Bryant to score a minimum of 30 points in 10 straight games, and he's now the oldest player in league history -- at age 33 -- to score at least 30 in 11 straight games, after dropping in 49 points in Monday's win at the Philadelphia 76ers.
Curry never looked surprised by the historical numbers he continued to put up.
"Peaking at the ideal time," he said when asked why he has maintained such a high degree of play over the past month. "Normally, the trend of our seasons, or even my seasons, getting better as each game goes, so I'm glad this season's no different. Just attempting to continue to get better and build that assurance of playing my best basketball near the conclusion of the year"
Even after Wednesday's off night, Curry is still shooting 54.9% from the field and averaging 40.8 points during 11 games in April.
The Wizards drove distinct bodies in Curry all night, trying to force other Warriors players to conquer them and contesting as many of Curry's shots as you can. It was a move that Warriors coach Steve Kerr predicted earlier in the week, and Kerr said he knows Curry will probably see more of the down the stretch.
"Did some fantastic things to get the ball from Steph's handson. But nothing that Steph has not seen before. I believed we were gassed.
Before the match, Kerr praised Curry because of his work ethic and the dedication he has shown to enhancing his game year after year.
"It looks like magic, but it comes from a great combination of work and genes," Kerr said. "There's no doubting that he comes from an incredible pair of genes, given his parents being athletic. Evidently, Dell was one of the amazing shooters in the background of the game, and you also see Seth, also among the greatest shooters in the league; so there is some genetics there, but the work ethic is what sets Steph over the top."
Curry and the Warriors head house to get a Friday matchup from the Denver Nuggets. It'll be the first time all season that fans will be admitted into Chase Center following the constraints that have been set up in San Francisco over the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Warriors can have around 35% capacity in the stadium, and they're paying to have every fan tested if they don't have evidence of a vaccination.
"We're going to enjoy the air," Curry said. "It's definitely noticeable if you have just 1,000 fans in the seats. It makes a huge difference in the atmosphere and, of course, at Chase, we had three-quarters of a year opening up a brand new construction and then getting shut down [because of the pandemic]. And we've had a whole season now where we haven't experienced any lovers, so you're kind of sick of looking in the blue shades. You wish to find some bodies in there, and we're likely to enjoy the atmosphere."