Stephen Curry made history recently when he scored 62 points for the Golden State Warriors in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers. The point guard recorded a career-high but he wasn't the only one who had a great night last Sunday. In fact, Draymond Green helped Curry lead their team to the victory, as the pair combined for 63 points.
It was impressive, yes, but this is not the first time the NBA has seen these types of performances. In fact, this situation reminded everybody of two times were two All-Time great starred in a similar situation. Three dynamic duos have lighted up the league in the last 30 years or so, demonstrating that this feat isn't easy to achieve.
Before Curry and Draymond, Kobe Bryant had combined with Kwame Brown to score the exact same amount of points. If that wasn't enough, Kobe scored 62 and Brown 1 point, just like Curry and Green did. In a 112-90 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in 2005, Kobe scored 62 points in three quarters.
"I just felt like I could continue to attack these guys," Bryant said, via ESPN. "It was just determination, take it to them. It's definitely the best scoring game I've ever had."
25 years before that, Kobe's mentor, Michael Jordan, had had a similar game, but that time he really went off with the Chicago Bulls, combining for 70 points with a rookie Stacey King, who didn't hesitate to show off that he actually helped Michael Jordan win a basketball game. In March 1990, His Airness took things personally and dropped 69 points on the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“I didn’t think about being tired because I wanted to win the game,” Jordan said after playing 50 minutes, via NBA.com, “I’ve been in that situation where I’ve scored a lot of points and we lost, and I didn’t want that to happen."
King also helped the Bulls, dropping one more point to put an impressive 70 points between two players. Who needed Scottie Pippen when you had Stacey King? Exactly.
“I’ll always remember this as the night that Michael Jordan and I combined to score 70 points," King said back in the day.
Every hero needs a sidekick and that is more visible in the NBA. The good thing is all these three players had one of those and they really combined to score a lot of points. Talk about dynamic duos now.