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Steph Curry is the Michael Jordan of the 3-point revolution

Steph Curry is the Michael Jordan of the 3-point revolution

OAKLAND – He is now as synonymous with the 3-point shot as Michael Jordan is with the soaring dunk and sneakers, as Scotch is with tape and Apple with cutting-edge products – as Tiger Woods ever was with spectacular golf.

So years from now, and who knows when, Stephen Curry will walk away from the NBA and hang up a jersey that will never be lonely.

His No. 30 will be surrounded by various trophies and plaques, for MVP awards, for All-Star Game accomplishments, for scoring titles and, most assuredly, for his specialty – 3-point shooting.

On Monday night, roughly seven months after shattering his own record for most 3-pointers in a single season, Curry set a record for most treys in one game, dropping 13 bombs during the Warriors’ 116-106 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

“These are records that are nice to have,” Curry said. “And I’m sure will be broken, hopefully long down the line.”

Oh, it will be broken. And Curry is the most likely candidate to break it. Again.

“It happened so quickly,” teammate Kevin Durant said. “I looked up and it was an NBA record and I’m like, ‘Wow.’ I didn’t realize what was going on it happened so quick.”

Curry splashed past the record of 12 first set by Kobe Bryant in 2003, tied by Donyell Marshall in 2005 and tied most recently by Curry last season.

“When you know what the record is and you get to 12 and you tie it, it’s kind of a cool feeling,” Curry said. “But if you get that close, there is a little something that says why don’t you try to get one more and get the record for yourself.

“So now the envelope has been pushed a little bit more.”

Curry’s 13 triples came on only 17 shots beyond the arc, a stark contrast to his previous game, a loss to the Lakers last Friday during which he missed all 10 of his 3-pointers, snapping a streak of 157 consecutive games with at least one.

He wasted no time starting a new streak, draining his trey with 7:29 left in the first half, a 30-footer. He made five more in the first half, and then drained seven after intermission.

“That was quite a show,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr, himself such a 3-point shooter as a player that he holds the all-time record for shooting percentage (45.4) beyond the arc.

“It’s not at all surprising with the way Steph bounces back from bad nights,” Kerr continued. “Maybe not with 13 of them, but he’d done it throughout his career, where he comes right back off a bad game and lights it up.”

Running around screens and through defenders, Curry totaled 46 points on 16-of-26 overall. So, yes, he was better beyond the arc than he was inside it.

He more than made up for his forgettable night in LA.

“I was hard on myself the last few days in practice,” Curry said, “and I had some pretty good shooting sessions. I don’t overreact to games like that, where I go 0-for-10 or 2-of-12 or whatever it is. My process is the same. I had another level of focus the last few days, just trying to get a rhythm back and to see the ball go in.”

The ball went in and kept going in. It went in more often for Curry than it ever has for anyone else.

It’s one more achievement for the leader of the basketball’s 3-point revolution.

Warriors' Steve Kerr says trade rumors don't affect D'Angelo Russell

Warriors' Steve Kerr says trade rumors don't affect D'Angelo Russell

D'Angelo Russell is rapidly approaching a date some NBA observers have circled since the Warriors acquired him this summer.

Golden State can trade Russell as soon as Sunday, Dec. 15, and the 23-year-old has been the source of trade speculation during his time in the Bay Area. The Athletic's Jon Krawczynski reported Wednesday, citing sources that the Minnesota Timberwolves "remain interested in Russell" and that the guard "seems to be realistic in understanding that he may not be long for the Warriors once Steph Curry and Klay Thompson return to full health."

Russell is averaging a career-high 22.4 points per game this season to go with 6.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds, serving as the top offensive option in the absence of his All-Star teammates. He knew he wouldn't play much with Thompson this season as he recovers from a torn ACL, but Curry's broken hand threw a wrench into the Warriors' -- and thus Russell's -- prospects this season. Warriors coach Steve Kerr praised how Russell has handled the rumors surrounding him. 

"Money doesn't buy peace of mind," Kerr said Friday morning (H/T San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau). "It doesn't buy a sense of belonging, a sense of, 'Alright, this is my team.' If there's speculation that you're going to be traded all the time, I don't care how much money you make, I don't care who you are. That's tough. That's no fun to deal with, and this season has been nowhere close to what D'Angelo thought it would be when he first signed with us.

"There's no Steph. We're struggling to win games. He's had his own injuries, and we're throwing all kinds of different lineups out there based on the other injuries we've faced." 

Russell has played in just 15 of the Warriors' 27 games this season, playing on a team that looks far more like the Los Angeles Lakers of his first two seasons than the playoff-contending Brooklyn Nets a year ago -- let alone the reigning Western Conference champion Warriors. 

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Kerr, who entered this season with the highest winning percentage in NBA history (.785), is as aware of Golden State's dramatically different reality as anyone. He said it has only brought out the best in Russell. 

"So given all that, he's played really well, and he's been a great teammate and he's doing everything he needs to do to solidify his position here," Kerr continued. "But this is the NBA here, and we never know what's coming, what's happening. So, it's a difficult position to be in in general, but for him in particular it's strange set of circumstances and he's handling it really well." 

Whether or not the Warriors trade Russell, it's clear Kerr holds him in high regard.

Watch Warriors' Ky Bowman dominate for Santa Cruz in G League debut

Watch Warriors' Ky Bowman dominate for Santa Cruz in G League debut

Warriors two-way guard Ky Bowman made his G League debut Friday night in Santa Cruz.

He dominated the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario. 

The Boston College product could have scored 40 points if he really wanted to, but he picked his spots and made sure his teammates were getting good looks.

After shootaround in Utah on Friday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was asked what Bowman can work on while he's with the Sea Dubs.

"He's got a really aggressive mindset -- which I like -- but there are still circumstances and situations where he needs to think more pass," Kerr said. "And more strategic, rather than just score, score, score."

Bowman clearly listened to the eight-time NBA champion.

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Also, "Sky Bowman" was on full display.

The 22-year-old will be back in action Sunday afternoon as Santa Cruz faces the Northern Arizona Suns. Watch the game at 2:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Bay Area.

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