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Warriors' Steph Curry shares yet another special moment with fan before Wizards game

Warriors' Steph Curry shares yet another special moment with fan before Wizards game

Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry is one of the biggest names in the NBA but he has never let that stardom go to his head.

Curry has been known for sharing special interactions with fans, whether it's before a game or sending a hand-written note to fans who interact with him on social media. Back in November, Steph added girl sizes to his collection after a passionate letter for a nine-year-old girl asking him why she couldn't find his shoes in her size prompted the change.

And before Thursday's matchup with the Wizards, Steph kept that trend going.

During pre-game warmups, the All-Star point guard spotted a fan courtside in a wheelchair sporting a Curry jersey and let him get in on the pre-game action. After dribbling a few times, the fan handed the ball off to Curry where he promptly drained a three. After, the two took a picture and Chef Curry autographed his No. 30 jersey.

The fan definitely gave Steph some good luck as the Warriors went on to beat the Wizards, 126-118. 

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By the numbers: Examining Steph Curry's sensational statistics vs. Wizards

By the numbers: Examining Steph Curry's sensational statistics vs. Wizards

The Washington Wizards were on the wrong end of one of the best scoring performances in NBA history on Wednesday night as Warriors guard Steph Curry dominated the Wizards to the tune of 51 points in Golden State's 144-122 win.

Here are some numbers to put his memorable game in perspective...

51

Curry's 51 points were his most in a game since Feb. 25, 2016. It was tied for his biggest scoring night since Oct. 31, 2015. Ironically, he has scored exactly 51 points against the Wizards before, back on Feb. 3 of 2016.

11 

Curry made 11 threes in this game. It was just the 13th time in NBA history a player has hit 11 or more and Curry has now done it six times himself. The last five times a player has hit 11 or more, it's been Curry, and he holds the all-time record with 13 set back on Nov. 7, 2016.

Curry's 11 threes tie the most ever allowed by a Washington team. Curry also did it to them back in 2016 and Deron Williams made 11 against the Wizards in 2013 when he was with the Brooklyn Nets.

6

Curry has now reached the 50-point mark six times in his career. That moves him into a tie for No. 12 all-time with Adrian Dantley, Pete Maravich, and Bob Pettit. Curry is now third among active players behind LeBron James (11) and James Harden (9). The most 50-point games ever is, of course, a record held by Wilt Chamberlain, who had 118 of them. Just 112 more for Curry to tie him.

3

Curry scored his 51 points all in the first three quarters. His 11 threes were tied for the most ever by an NBA player in the first three quarters of a game. (Via Elias)

33

Curry now has 33 threes through his first five games, an NBA record to start a season. He broke his own record from 2015-16 when he had 28 threes after five games. 

63

Curry has also set a record to start a season with 63 three-point attempts through five games. But he's shooting 52.3 percent on them, so no one is going to tell him to stop.

144

Curry led the charge for the Warriors who as a team scored 144 points against the Wizards. That was the most allowed by Washington since 1992 when they gave up 150 to the Celtics. The last time a team dropped 144-plus on them before that was 1972. So, this has now only happened twice for the Wizards/Bullets franchise in the last 46 years.

Basketball Reference was used for some of this research.

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Warriors came away from 'playoff game' with renewed respect for the Wizards

Warriors came away from 'playoff game' with renewed respect for the Wizards

The Wizards are a very different team this year than in the past. The Warriors learned that the hard way Tuesday night in a 112-108 upset loss at Verizon Center.

Not only does Washington have a better record, but also opponents view the team and its players with significantly more respect. You could hear it in Golden State's comments to the media after the game. 

The Warriors kept circling a common theme: that game versus the Wizards felt like the playoffs. And perhaps more remarkably, the 2015 NBA Champions seemed to feel some honor in almost pulling off a comeback against Washington. 

Let me run this back for you: The Warriors, who appeared in the last two NBA Finals and won 73 regular-season games last year, were impressed with how they hung with the Wizards. The super team of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson found positives in the loss. 

“It was a hell of a basketball game. Fans got their money’s worth," Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. "It was great competition and I liked how we came back after we were thrown for a loop early on.” 

Shaun Livingston straight-up called the contest a "playoff game."

"The way that [the Wizards] jumped on us. They’re a talented team, everybody kind of knows that and I think the way that we responded and kind of grinded the game out," he said. 

Curry, last year's MVP, felt the same despite missing an open shot that could have tied the game in the last three seconds. 

"We played with so much intensity to get ourselves back in the game," he said. "You know to get the last shot, obviously it did not go our way there. I missed that shot. It could have gone a different way, but that is playoff-type basketball. It was intense, a good test for us the way our games have been going the last few weeks.”

Wizards players have long insisted that they don't get enough respect in the NBA, whether it's from officials or television schedules. In a way, a victory over the top team in the NBA should be enough vindication, but there's something sweet – and perhaps significant – about the vocal admiration of your most elite peers. 

When asked what they see in this year's Wizards team, Warriors players were quick to point out how much they've improved. 

Though not known for heaping praise on opponents, Green noted what a big contribition shooting guard Bradley Beal has made this season. 

"I think before, they’ve had good players and they’ll show that in stretches and in spurts. But they’re a good team now," Green said. "And then Brad [Beal] is healthy. I think that’s been a huge thing over the last couple years. Brad goes out, you’re missing 20-some points off the floor and that’s hard to overcome. So with them having a healthy team, they’ve made a couple trades and brought in a few guys that’s helping them out a lot, but they’re just a better team.” 

Curry admitted that he had a "tough" matchup with John Wall because of all the ways the Wizards star can impact a game. "He’s always on the attack and you gotta play well to win that match up. And he did it a different way tonight," Curry said.

"Neither one of us shot particularly well, but they ran a lot of good sets and he was great at making the right decisions. That back-and-forth is pretty fun so, you know, a lot of talent on that floor all the way around." 

But Curry was also impressed with Washington's confidence in its identity. So much that he slipped in a warning to whomever faces the Wizards in the playoffs. 

"They are healthy and they have a good rhythm, and they know who they are, and how they are going to be successful. They have individual guys playing well and it shows in the win column, so they are going to be tough out in the playoffs and, we’ll see what they do.”

Here's hoping the Warriors' words get back to the Wizards... and whomever makes the national TV schedules. 

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