Warriors’ Stephen Curry joins Jerry West, LeBron James in exclusive club after going for 36 points in Game 3
The 2019 playoffs have been quite the wild ride for Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. From dealing with a pesky Clippers team and Patrick Beverley in a grinding, six-game series in the first round, to injuries galore and shooting struggles against the Rockets, there have been times where the Warriors have shown vulnerability.
At least, that was until Curry decided to make these playoffs his own personal showcase.
After torching the Rockets in the final two games of the Western Conference Semifinals, Curry has continued his hot streak against the Portland Trail Blazers, even joining Jerry West and LeBron James on an incredibly exclusive list:
Stephen Curry is just the third player in NBA history to score at least 35 points in each of the first three games of a conference or division finals. The others are Jerry West in 1965 and LeBron James in 2009.
— Justin Kubatko (@jkubatko) May 19, 2019
Curry has scored in just about every way possible during this series. In Game 1, he exposed Portland in the pick-and-roll, stepping into 3s and converting 9-of-15 attempts from beyond the arc.
Game 2 offered a new challenge, as Curry shot just 4-of-14 from deep, but made all 11 of his free-throw attempts and repeatedly got into the lane off the dribble, converting easy layups in the process. And on Saturday night, he did a little bit of everything.
Curry has now scored at least 30 points in his last four games, going back to the Houston series. But he has stuffed the stat sheet in other ways against Portland, also averaging close to seven rebounds and six assists through the first three games.
The Warriors have often had success working the pick-and-roll with Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, often springing Curry in space or allowing Green to get to the basket and make the extra pass or score himself.