Stephen Curry: "The confidence is always there"
After a poor run of form, Stephen Curry delivered an outstanding, 40-point performance in the Golden State Warriors' win at the Houston Rockets.
Stephen Curry insists he is the first person to judge how well he played after he put a frustrating January behind him in style on Monday. Curry posted 40 points, five rebounds and nine assists as the Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets 122-108 to claim a sixth straight victory.
Curry sizzles to overtake Kobe Bryant record
Of Curry's points haul, which included seven three-pointers, 21 came in the fourth quarter, the highest total of his career in the final period of a game.
He has now scored 20+ points in a quarter on 37 occasions across his NBA career, surpassing a milestone set by Kobe Bryant for the most of any player in the league since the 1996-97 season. Curry has also scored 40 points or more six times this season. However, his display in Houston bucked the trend of what had been a poor month.
Prior to Monday's game, Curry had managed to score 30 points just once since the turn of the year. While he admitted he has not been at his best, he suggested he also comes in for more criticism due to the high standards he has previously set.
"It's the gift and the curse of the bar that you've set," he told reporters. "You get all the praise when things are going well and obviously it's something to talk about when I don't meet that level. It's not so much the commentary, because when I walk off the court I'm the first one to judge the way that I played. I understand when I don't meet that level and try to deal with the frustration when that happens over a consistent period of time."
Yet Curry showed no signs of frustration against the Rockets, turning in a scintillating display as the Warriors clocked up a 38th win of the season. "You always feel like the next shot is going to start that vibe," he added. "It's no secret how I've been shooting the ball recently, but the confidence is always there and it only takes one to ignite a night like that."
Warriors move away from Houston
Curry reeled off five points in quick succession in the fourth quarter to nudge the Warriors clear of Houston, who had moved to within four points.
"We've seen Steph do that a million times," said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. "It was bound to happen even though it's been a couple of weeks or whatever. Not surprising but fun to see him shake free and have a game like he did."