Steph Curry joins Kobe Bryant in exclusive company with 62-point game

Steph Curry accomplished a first Sunday night, scoring a career-high 62 points in the Warriors’ 137-122 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

In doing so, he also became the second.

The Warriors star scored 31 points in each half of the win over the Blazers, which is an exceedingly rare achievement. In fact, since the start of the 1996-97 season, there has been only one other occurrence in which a player scored at least 30 points in each half. The late Kobe Bryant scored 32 points in the first half and another 30 in the second for the Los Angeles Lakers in a win over the Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 20, 2005.

Stephen Curry is the only player in the play-by-play era (since 1996-97) to score over 30 points in each half of a game.

The only other player with 30 points in each half of a game in that span was Kobe Bryant on Dec. 20, 2005.

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 4, 2021

Curry hit the ground running Sunday, and closed with a fury. He scored 21 points in the first quarter, and another 17 in the fourth to help close out the victory. His tremendous performance put him in some very exclusive company, although Bryant accomplished the feat in the first three quarters before sitting out the fourth.

If that sounds familiar to Warriors fans, it should. Curry’s fellow Splash Brother, Klay Thompson, scored a…

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