Stephen Curry has made franchise history by breaking Wilt Chamberlain’s long-standing record for all-time most points for the Golden State Warriors.
Curry achieved the feat in Monday’s 116-107 win over the Denver Nuggets, when he made a lay-up to move to 19 points and eclipse Chamberlain’s all-time record.
The 33-year-old guard finished with an astonishing 53 points for the game, but all the talk was his record-breaking achievement.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said pre-game: “It’s just an incredible feat.
“Passing Wilt in anything statistically is sort of remarkable because his name is all over the record books. So the fact that Steph is about to break that record is just incredible and obviously a testament to what he’s done here in his 12 years and impact he’s made.
“I don’t know if breaking that record even tells the story because what Steph brings goes so far beyond points. It’s the impact on his teammates, the community, the organisation, the style of play, just how unique he is.
“As an individual, he has changed the game, inspired all the young NBA point guards who have come up to be much better shooters. He has changed the game, so as awesome as this accomplishment is, passing Wilt, it’s just one of many for Steph.”
Remarkably, Curry has required 745 games for GWS to reach the mark, scoring 2719 three-pointers along the way, compared to Chamberlain who played 429 games and never scored from beyond the arc.
Zion Williamson scored 30 points as he continued his hot form as the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Sacramento Kings 117-110, while LA Lakers lost again without LeBron James, going down 111-96 to the New York Knicks.
Joel Embiid was exceptional with 36 points as the Philadelphia 76ers stayed top in the East with a 113-95 win over the Dallas Mavericks.