Stephen Curry set the all-time playoff points record for a Game 7, scoring 50 as the Golden State Warriors took down the Sacramento Kings 120-100 on Sunday night (April 30) to move on to the Western Conference semifinals.
Curry’s 50 points on 20-38 shooting is the most the 35-year-old has ever scored in his playoff career and it eclipsed Kevin Durant‘s 48 points he scored against the Bucks in 2021 for the most in a Game 7 in NBA history. His 38 field goal attempts is the most he’s ever taken in his career and he also tied the NBA record for the most points scored in a playoff game by a player 35 years or older.
STEPH CURRY'S 50-POINT GAME 7.
EVERY SINGLE POINT.#PLAYOFFMODE
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Things were close after the first half, as the Kings took at 58-56 lead heading into halftime. Then, the Warriors went on a 13-4 run to start the third, with eight being scored by Curry. They ballooned that into a 91-81 lead to end the third then outscored Sacramento 29-19 in the fourth to clinch Game 7. Curry was the only Warriors player to score double-digit points in the second half, putting up 30 — including 16 in the final 12 minutes.
With fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson struggling (2-10 from three), Curry stepped up and delivered another big playoff performance to eliminate the Kings. The defending champions fell behind 2-0 in the series for the first time in head coach Steve Kerr’s time with the team, but came back to win three in a row and send the series back to Golden State. Sacramento took that game, but the Warriors put on a show in front of a raucous Kings crowd to eliminate the third seed. Curry even clowned the Kings’ signature beam celebration.
Warriors center Kevon Looney was a driving force behind Curry’s record-setting performance, grabbing 21 rebounds (10 offensive) for his third 20-plus rebound performance in the series. Golden State had 18 offensive rebounds — including 13 in the third quarter alone — which led to 24 second-chance points.
Curry and the Warriors now face off with LeBron James and the Lakers in the next round, starting the next chapter in the two’s playoff rivalry dating back to four straight Finals against each other during James’ time with the Cavaliers. That series begins on Tuesday (May 2).
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