Golden State Warriors' Steph Curry: Analysis on His 54-Point Game on Wednesday

Jerry Tapp@@StatsonTappSenior Analyst IIIMarch 1, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 27: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors is greeted by Draymond Green #23 after breaking the 50 point mark en route to a total of 54 in the game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 27, 2013 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  The Knicks defeated the Warriors 109-105. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Golden State’s Steph Curry on Wednesday became the second player in this 2012-13 NBA season to score 50 points in a game when he had 54 in his team’s loss to the Knicks in Madison Square Garden. OKC’s Kevin Durant had 52 points in a game in Dallas against the Mavericks in January.

Curry was the first Warriors player to reach the 50-point mark since Jamal Crawford had 50 in a game on December 20, 2008 (more on that in a moment).

It was also the 103rd time since 2000 that a player had 50 points in an NBA game, and Curry became the 40th player since 2000 to reach that mark.

In the 103 times that a player reached 50-plus points, 59 of those occurred at the player’s home arena, while teams that had a player score 50 points or more had a record of 71-32(.689 winning percentage).

Curry was the 17th player since 2000 to reach the 50-point mark in a loss on the road; he was the first player to do so since Minnesota’s Kevin Love scored 51 in a loss in an away game to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

As mentioned above, Curry was the first Golden State player to score 50 points since Crawford’s 50 in 2008.

Two franchises, Charlotte and Memphis, have never had a player score 50-plus points in a game. Of the other 28 NBA teams, the Los Angeles Clippers have the longest drought when it comes to a player scoring 50.

The last time a Clippers player scored 50 in a game was back on December 1, 1990, more than 23 years ago, when Charles Smith had 52 against the Nuggets.

Following is a look at the last time each NBA team had a player pass the 50-point mark in a game.

Year of last 50-point player, team (player, date)
Never: Charlotte, Memphis
1990: L.A. Clippers (Charles Smith, 12/1)
1996: Houston (Hakeem Olajuwon, 1/18)
2000: Utah (Karl Malone, 4/22)
2001: Toronto (Vince Carter, 5/11); Atlanta (Shareef Abdur-Rahim, 11/23)
2003: New Orleans (Jamal Mashburn, 2/21)
2004: Orlando (Tracy McGrady, 3/10); Chicago (Jamal Crawford, 4/11)
2005: Phoenix (Amare Stoudemire, 1/2); Indianapolis (Jermaine O’Neal, 1/4); Philadelphia (Allen Iverson, 12/23)
2006: Dallas (Dirk Nowitzki, 6/1); Detroit (Richard Hamilton, 12/27)
2007: Washington (Gilbert Arenas, 1/15); N.Y. Knicks (Jamal Crawford, 1/26)
2008: San Antonio (Tony Parker, 11/5)
2009: L.A. Lakers (Kobe Bryant, 2/2); Cleveland (LeBron James, 3/13); Sacramento (Kevin Martin, 4/1); Boston (Ray Allen, 4/30); Milwaukee (Brandon Jennings, 11/14)
2010: Portland (Andre Miller, 1/30)
2011: Miami (LeBron James, 2/3); Denver (Carmelo Anthony, 2/7)
2012: Brooklyn (Deron Williams, 3/4); Minnesota (Kevin Love, 3/23)
2013: Oklahoma City (Kevin Durant, 1/18); Golden State (Steph Curry, 2/27)

Note: Did you notice that two players are listed on two different teams above?

LeBron James is the last player to score 50-plus with the Cavs and the Heat; Jamal Crawford is the last player to score 50-plus with the Bulls and Knicks.

The interesting thing is that with Curry scoring 54 on Wednesday, he replaced Crawford as the last Warrior player to notch 50 in a game, or else Crawford would have been listed as the last player to score 50 with three different teams.

While this was Curry’s first game with 50-plus points, he’s got a long way to go to pass the player who has the most 50-point games this century.

Kobe Bryant tops that list with 25 games with 50-plus points. He is followed by: Allen Iverson (13), LeBron James (nine), Tracy McGrady (four), and Gilbert Arenas, Vince Carter, Jamal Crawford, Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade (three each).

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