Warriors’ Stephen Curry passes Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, for most points by a player in a four-game sweep
Curry has now scored the most points in a four-game sweep in a playoff series. The Warriors superstar scored 146 points in their four games against the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2019 NBA Western Conference Finals.
Curry overtook Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron James, and Kobe Bryant. O’Neal scored 145 points during the 2002 NBA Finals with the Los Angeles Lakers (the last of their three-peat run) against the New Jersey Nets, James posted 144 points during the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals on his last year with the Cleveland Cavaliers and against the Toronto Raptors, while Bryant finished with 140 points during the 2001 Western Conference Finals when the Lakers swept the Sacramento Kings.
No player in NBA history has scored more points than Steph in a 4-game sweep 🔥 pic.twitter.com/2T0xC4Zu2K
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Curry had a heavier load on his shoulders in the Western Conference Finals, as they played without Kevin Durant. Aside from Durant, who is still out with a calf injury, the Warriors also lost Andre Iguodala in Game 3, and the 31-year-old carried the Warriors on his shoulders.
In Game 4 of their series against the Trail Blazers, Curry scored 37 points on 11-for-25 shooting, including seven three-pointers. In Game 1, he erupted for 36 points, which was followed by a 37-point performance in Game 2. He then scored 36 points in Game 3, leading the Warriors to a 110-99 win against Portland.