Stephen Curry scored 51 points, including an NBA season-high 11 3-pointers, to power the defending league champion Golden State Warriors past host Washington 134-121 on Wednesday.
Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Curry scored 25 points in the first quarter as the Warriors improved to 45-4 with their eighth consecutive victory.
Curry went 11-of-16 from beyond the arc, finishing one 3-pointer shy of matching the one-game NBA record of 12 3-pointers shared by Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and former NBA standout Donyell Marshall.
“I missed one too many,” Curry joked. “At the end of the game, yeah, I knew I was within reach. I was kind of searching, but not trying to force with where the game was. You can’t mess around with the basketball gods trying to chase a record if the game doesn’t call for it.”
Curry went 13-for-14 from the floor in the first half, making eight 3-pointers in producing 36 points to give Golden State a 74-60 lead.
The Wizards rallied within 81-79 before Curry helped the Warriors put down the threat.