Klay marvels at Steph Curry’s 62-point night and Damian Lillard shows respect

After Steph Curry torched Portland for a career-high 62 points it didn’t take long for his phenomenal shooting night to set social media ablaze Sunday night.
From Magic Johnson, Dywane Wade and Trae Young to his brother Seth and his Splash Brother Klay Thompson, the accolades came flying in after Curry silenced his early-season critics with his record-setting night in a 137-122 Golden State win.

All of Steph Curry’s 62 points vs. the Blazers.
A new career high in an unbelievable performance pic.twitter.com/sWZID5RNbc
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 4, 2021

But perhaps the most impressive acknowledgement of Curry’s epic night came from the Blazers’ Damian Lillard, who two days earlier had questioned whether the Warriors’ two-time MVP could still dominate without a star like Thompson or Kevin Durant at his side.
The Oakland-born Lillard was not only one of the first to congratulate Curry after the game, but he also tweeted his mea culpa for doubting Curry.
“You can’t dish it out and not be able to take it,” Lillard said on Twitter.

You can’t dish it out and not be able take it #Respect https://t.co/2ydpT0JVHy
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) January 4, 2021

It’s not in Curry’s nature to take personal shots at his doubters or critics, but he certainly seemed extra motivated.
“The great ones always are confident in who they are,” Curry said. “No matter what is said … it doesn’t affect us or me in that respect.”
Curry put his greatness on display at Chase Center while shooting 18-for-31 overall and 8-for-16 on 3-pointers to join teammate Thompson in the 60-point club.
Klay, who scored 60 in just three quarters against the Pacers four years ago, was glad to see his running mate go off.
“Sheesh @StephenCurry30!! Welcome to the club big bro #62,” Thompson tweeted.

Sheeeesh @StephenCurry30 !! Welcome to the club big bro #62
— klay thompson (@KlayThompson) January 4, 2021

And Klay was just one of many around the NBA to show their respect to the Warriors’ 32-year-old superstar.

— Seth Curry (@sdotcurry) January 4, 2021

No Lie https://t.co/QagdaZs4WM
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) January 4, 2021

Bro I better not ever see no more Steph slander on my TL bro stay shutting people up
— Myles Turner (@Original_Turner) 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

Another look inside Curry’s numbers shows just how special of a night it was for him:

His 62 points are the most any Warriors player has scored since 1974, when Rick Barry scored a career-high 64 points in a 143-120 win over the Blazers in Oakland.
By scoring 31 points in each half Sunday night, Curry became the first player since New Orleans’ Pete Maravich in 1977 to score more than 30 in each half, according to Elias Sports Research.

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Curry also is the first player to score at least 62 points in 36 minutes (or less) since Kobe Bryant scored 62 points in against Dallas in just 33 minutes in 2005.
It was Curry’s seventh game scoring at least 50 points, moving him past former teammate Kevin Durant for fourth-most 50-point games among active players.
Curry’s eight 3-pointers marked the 49th time in his career he’s had at least eight 3s in a game. James Harden is second on the active list with 21 games with at least eight 3s.

And, just to remind him how old he is, Curry’s teammate James Wiseman was on hand to honor him as only a 19-year-old can.

Steph’s a cheat code pic.twitter.com/PoDBaafKh4
— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) January 4, 2021

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