Stephen Curry shot an unreal 13-of-17 from beyond the arc during the Golden State Warriors’ victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night. It was a shockingly efficient effort even by his own unprecedented standards.
Well, maybe not.
His head coach, Steve Kerr, sure didn’t think so anyway, per ESPN.com’s Ethan Sherwood Strauss:
In making history, Stephen Curry actually brought a sense of the familiar to an awkward season, claiming a record 13 3-pointers as the Golden State Warriors bested the New Orleans Pelicans 116-106 on Monday night. It was expected that this record would be his, eventually. Or, as Warriors coach Steve Kerr termed his reaction to the literally unprecedented, “It didn’t surprise me.”
Indeed, perhaps it was more surprising that the Warriors needed pretty much every one of Curry’s 46 points and 13 three-pointers to pull off a 116-106 victory over the Pelicans. On some level, anything is more shocking that watching Curry catch fire. He has made more than 10 threes in a game before—seven total times now to be exact, the most in NBA history.
Plus, it’s only fitting this record belong to him, the best shooter in NBA history. He broke his own record for threes made in a single season last year, swishing 402 of his long-range attempts, and he will most likely end this season in the top seven for total three-pointers made through a career, despite playing in only eight seasons.
So while the single-game record technically belonged to Kobe Bryant, Donyell Marshall and Curry entering Monday night, it was always a matter of time until he made it his own, free and clear.