Steph's April tear continues with another record, wild shots

Kings' Buddy Hield guards Warriors' Steph Curry

For Steph Curry to definitively call himself the best shooter of all time, he says he needs one more accomplishment: to pass Ray Allen on the all-time made 3-pointers list.

That could very well happen next year. Until then, Curry won't take the mantle. But on certain nights, like Sunday when the Warriors beat the Kings 117-113, he's pretty close to saying it.

"Obviously when I'm out there I feel like I'm the best shooter in the world," Curry said in his postgame video conference. "But I still got to put the work in."

Curry has reason to feel like the best shooter to ever play. He has hit 85 three-pointers in April alone -- the most in a single month in NBA history -- and the Warriors still have two games left before the month is over. 

The 33-year-old finished Sunday's game with 37 points -- his 13th 30-point performance in the last 14 games -- on 11-of-21 shooting and 7-of-14 from distance, adding seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and a block. 

Curry is in the midst of the hottest streak in his career. Not even during the 2015-16 season, when Curry became the first-ever unanimous NBA MVP, did he have a tear like he's on now. 

In his last 14 games since returning from his tailbone contusion, Curry has averaged 37.6 points on 52.3 percent shooting, including 46.9 percent from beyond the arc.


Curry knows what he's doing. He knows the records he's breaking and the MVP case he's making for himself. But he's not trying to focus on his accomplishments over the last month.

"When you're shooting like this you don't really think about games past. Every new game is just a reset and another chance of showing your confidence and the rhythm that you're in," he said. "But you don't really think about, 'Oh I hit 10 in the last game, let me get whatever it is this game.' Just keep shooting. I'm gonna stick with that."

So what does he think about when he's out there bombing shots from all over the court?

"When you're in this type of rhythm, nothing," Curry said. "It's the best way to explain it. Just trying to get a decent look, get your feet underneath you and the rest is muscle memory, confidence and creativity. Just trying to be in the moment as much as possible ... When you're in a flow and a rhythm, there's not much going on upstairs. It's nice."

At first, it's hard to believe that not much is going on in Curry's brain as he does what he does. Then, you see him pull up from just over half-court, as he did in what is arguably the best two-for-one possession of his career at the end of Sunday's first half against the Kings.

"Sacramento knew he was going to shoot," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "[Kings coach] Luke Walton's yelling on the sidelines, the whole team comes up to try to defend him and he steps over half-court and knocks down a, I don't know, 38-footer. It's incredible. I don't know what to say."

Kerr has run out of ways to describe Curry's play. 

"I'll ask you to go back to three or four games ago and look at my comments then and use those comments again," he joked.

Well, the words Kerr used then were "brilliant", "remarkable" and "utter amazement."

"The shot-making is just unbelievable and mind-boggling," Kerr said. "But I've used those phrases already. But as long as he keeps playing like this, you gotta keep asking and I got to keep answering."

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Curry recognizes what he has done through April so far is on a different level from anything he has reached before. But now it's about keeping it going beyond April, into May and, potentially, the postseason.

The Warriors (31-30) currently sit in 10th place in the Western Conference, just three games behind the Dallas Mavericks (33-26) for sixth place and the last spot to avoid the play-in. With the Mavericks coming to Chase Center on Tuesday, the Warriors have the perfect opportunity to close that gap even further.

And for that to happen, they will need April Curry to show up once again.

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