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Stephen Curry records 8th 35-point game in West Finals, second-most behind Kobe Bryant

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Stephen Curry scored 36 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 110-99 Game 3 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

With that, Curry notched his eighth 35-plus point outing in the conference Finals, according to StatMuse on Twitter. He is now just two 35-plus point games shy of tying Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who has the most such games in NBA history.

And people still say this dude doesn’t perform in the playoffs?

What’s more impressive is that three of those eight have come in this series – and it’s only Game 3!

Aside from his abysmal scoreless half against the Houston Rockets in Game 6 of their previous series, Curry has been balling out of his mind ever since leading scorer Kevin Durant went down with a calf strain.

Many doubted whether the Warriors could still get it done without Durant. But so far, they have proven the naysayers wrong, with the only unanimous MVP in NBA history leading the way.

His scoring totals through three games so far in the 2019 Western Conference Finals: 36 points in Game 1, 37 points in Game 2, and another 36-piece last night in Game 3 – good for an average of 36.3 points per game. He is also shooting at a 47.9 percent clip from the field overall, 42.2 percent from deep, and 95.7 percent from the charity stripe through three games.

Curry didn’t particularly shoot it well in Game 3, making just 11-of-26 from the field and 6-of-16 from long-distance. Nevertheless, the two-time MVP was instrumental in their second straight second half surge, where they outscored Portland 57-33.

The Warriors are on the cusp of making their fifth straight Finals appearance.