by Rob Joyce
It appears that Steph Curry’s ankle is alright. After coming off the bench in Game 4 against the Trail Blazers, Curry was ice cold through the first three-and-a-half quarters. The sharpshooter started 0-for-9 from three-point range after missing the prior two weeks with an injury, but picked things up in a major way in overtime. In the extra session he scored 17 points, setting the NBA record for both the regular and postseason. Considering the stakes and the circumstance surrounding Curry’s bum knee, it’s the greatest overtime performance in NBA history.
Here’s whose records Curry broke last night.
1) Gilbert Arenas, 12/17/06:
Arenas’ career-high of 60 points was given a boost in a thrilling 147-141 victory over the Lakers, as Agent Zero went off for 16 points in the extra session, as he made two three-pointers, five free throws and a couple of two’s to help lift the Wizards to a victory.
2) Earl Boykins, 1/18/05:
The diminutive Boykins stood tall in the Nuggets’ 116-100 win over the Sonics. Coming off the bench, the 5-foot-5 guard had just three points in regulation. Then in overtime he took over, ending up with 15 points in the bonus frame, leading to a very misleading final line of 18 points in 27 minutes.
3) Butch Carter, 3/20/84:
Perhaps better known for being the head coach of the Raptors in the late ‘90s, Carter’s best year came in the 1983-84 season with the Pacers, when he averaged 13.4 points per game. Though the Pacers were well out of playoff contention at 19-48 going into the game, Carter helped Indiana stun the 51-16 Celtics 123-121. Fourteen of Carter’s game-high 28 came in overtime, as he scored all but one of Indiana’s points.
4) Dirk Nowitzki, 2/7/09:
Nowitzki had a very Dirk-esque performance in a 115-114 win over the Bulls. He scored 14 points in overtime, giving him 44 for the game on 16-of-34 shooting, including a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line. Of those 11, four came in the final 15 seconds to help ice the game for the Mavericks.
5) Clyde Drexler, 4/29/92:
A bunch of players have scored 13 points in overtime in the regular season, but before Curry last night, none had surpassed the Hall of Famer Drexler. However, unlike the first four on this list (and Curry), his team was on the losing end. Going for a series sweep of the Lakers, Drexler was spectacular, scoring 42 points on 14-of-23 shooting with 12 assists and nine rebounds in a two-point loss. Portland would win the series in Game 4, before advancing to the Finals and losing to the Bulls.