The individual pursuit of perfection in sports is, almost always, a fruitless endeavor. Too many variables, the most prominent being the human element.
So, the best settle for the perfect experience, whether it’s a moment or a couple hours.
Stephen Curry’s perfect experience on Wednesday night lasted 11 minutes, 28 seconds.
“Felt like I couldn’t miss,” he said.
He didn’t miss. Curry’s third quarter in a 147-109 win at Oklahoma City was the stuff of dreams, as he scored 25 points on 8-of-8 shooting from the field, including 6-of-6 from distance and 3-of-3 from the line. To further humiliate the Thunder, he recorded four assists without a turnover.
“This is a guy who is functioning at a level that very few human beings have ever functioned at their particular field,” coach Steve Kerr said.
Curry is the first member of the Warriors to take at least eight shots in a quarter without miss since teammate Klay Thompson did so six years ago.
In scoring an NBA-record 37 points in a quarter, Thompson was 13-of-13 from the field and 9-of-9 beyond the arc.
“His 37-point quarter is even crazier, because I had 25 tonight and it seemed like I was invincible out there,” Curry said. “And this dude had 12 more points in the same amount of time.”
That night, Jan. 23, 2015, was Klay’s perfect experience. Twelve minutes of pure ethereal bliss.
Curry’s experience punctuated a 42-point night, his eighth consecutive game of at least 30 points. For the purposes of symmetry and round numbers, we point out that it was his 25th game this season with at least 30 points, and the 200th of his career.
“Nothing surprises me with Steph,” said Kerr, who let Curry sit out the final 32 seconds of the third quarter.
After 12 seasons of observation, not much surprises anyone with this guy. Not even a generous slice of perfection.