Stephen Curry Ties Kobe Bryant Record As He Scores Career-High 62 Points

Stephen Curry equaled a record held by the late Kobe Bryant on Sunday night, as he erupted for a career-high 62 points in the Golden State Warriors' 137-122 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

The three-time NBA champion finished 18-for-31 from the field, including 8-for-16 from beyond the arc and a near-perfect 18-of-19 from the free-throw line over 36 minutes on the court, during which he also racked up five rebounds and four assists.

Curry scored 31 points in both halves on Sunday, becoming only the second player in NBA history in the play-by-play era (since the 1996-97 season) to score more than 30 points in each half of a game, as per Elias Sports Bureau. Bryant is the only other player to pull off the feat, scoring 62 points in December 2005 when the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Dallas Mavericks.

At 32 years and 295 days, Curry is also the second-oldest player to ever score at least 60 points in an NBA game. Bryant was 37 years and 234 days old when he scored 60 points in his final game in the NBA in April 2016.

Sunday was the 10th time in his 12 seasons in the NBA Curry has scored at least 30 points in one half of a game and the 22 points he scored in the first quarter marked the 27th time he has scored at least 20 points in a single quarter of a game in his career.

The performance was the perfect response to some of the criticism Curry has had to deal with in the wake of the Warriors' slow start to the season—Golden State improved to 3-3 with the win over Portland.

"As a basketball player, there's not going to be anything you can say about me or to me that's going to affect that [his confidence]," the Warriors point guard told ESPN after the game.

"I love it. I love everything about what this game offers, the competitiveness and the fire. I never run from it. Just excited to be in that atmosphere where I get to play at the highest level and do what I do."

Curry's 62 points are the most scored by a Golden State player since Rick Barry hit 64 in 1974. It marked his seventh career game with at least 50 points, the fourth-most among active players.

Curry's career-high night sent NBA Twitter into a frenzy, with teammates, current and former players all gushing over the performance of the two-time MVP, who missed most of last season with a hand injury.

Sheeeesh @StephenCurry30 🔥!! Welcome to the club big bro #62 🐐

— klay thompson (@KlayThompson) January 4, 2021

sheesh steph 🥴

— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) January 4, 2021

🔥🔥🔥 @StephenCurry30 🔥🔥🔥

— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) January 4, 2021

A career high 62 points for Steph Curry! STILL proving he’s the greatest shooter we’ve ever seen and a MVP candidate along with LeBron, AD, KD, Kyrie, Luka Doncic, Kawhi, and Giannis!

— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 4, 2021

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was also full of praise for Curry.

"It was just a brilliant performance," Kerr said. "We've seen Steph do so many things here over the years, so many amazing nights at Oracle [Arena] and now here at Chase [Center].

"And it's just a privilege to coach him, it really is. And not just because of his talent, but just because of the way he carries himself, the way he leads, and we are incredibly blessed as an organization to have Steph leading the way. What a performance tonight."

Up next for the Warriors is a home game against the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates with Draymond Green #23 after making his final three-point basket of the night to give him a career-high 62 points during their game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Chase Center on January 3 in San Francisco, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty