The Golden State Warriors have been unequivocally awesome so far this season. They beat the Memphis Grizzlies by a whopping 50 points earlier this week and passed with flying colors their first real test against a tough-as-nails Los Angeles Clippers squad led by a nearly intractable Chris Paul, who disappeared into a deep existential abyss thanks to that demoralizing loss. Following the win, Curry famously remarked that the defending champs are even better than they were last season. Thus far, that’s objectively true.
And the reigning MVP is quite simply playing on a completely different level from the rest of the league. He holds the record for three-pointers made during the regular season, and he’s on pace to shatter that record once again this year. Going into tonight’s game against the Denver Nuggets, Curry had tallied 179 total points, the highest mark through the first five games of the regular season since Michael Jordan scored 182 back in 1992.
He added to that with 20 points, including six three-pointers, against the Nuggets during the first half on Friday night. The Warriors as a team had 28 assists, which is a new NBA record for most assists in one half. It was a fact that caught even Draymond Green by surprise when he learned about it during a sideline interview before heading to the locker room.
The Warriors went on to win 119-104. Curry finished with 34 points on 50 percent shooting from downtown, and the team as a whole shot nearly 46 percent from long-range. Curry also added 10 assists, seven rebounds, three steals, and a block. The NBA world is running out of hyperbole to describe what Curry and the Warriors are doing, and that fact alone is pretty astonishing.