"Look," Reggie Miller said of Steph Curry. "He is Mr. Warrior. He's Mr. Warrior." Last night, Mr. Warrior became the Warriors leading scorer, passing Wilt Chamberlain's record of 17,783 points after dropping 53 in a 116-107 win over the Denver Nuggets.
You understand how great of a player he was. I can't remember how many games he played as a Warrior, and how many I've played, but to be anywhere near him in any record book, or now be on top, it's surreal and it's wild. Because if you grow up in the game of basketball and you hear his name, you know it's something extremely special, no matter what it is.
Steph Curry, ESPN
Curry's record-breaking basket came on a layup late in the first quarter, which the Warriors superstar finished with 21 points after needing just 19 to surpass Wilt. He received congratulations from coaches and teammates, including a long embrace with Draymond Green.
Curry finished the game 14-for-24 from the floor, 10-for-18 from three, and 15-for-16 from the charity stripe, becoming the first player age 32 or older with 3 or more 50+ point games in a season - the ninth in his NBA career. It also marked his 18th game with more than 10 three-pointers made - Klay Thompson is second on that list with five.
Before his post-game interview, Chris Mullin, Hall of Famer and another Warriors legend, also congratulated Curry, delivering an emotional message, thanking him for everything he's done for the organization 12 years into his run with the Warriors.
I've watched you from day one, and it's just been a pleasure and a joy to watch you. So congratulations, of course, but more importantly, I want to thank you for the way you've done it ... you bring so much joy and happiness to the world, and it's so appreciated. So I just want to say thank you for that ... the way you carry yourself on and off the court, just a true role model for young and old. So really just want to say congratulations and thank you for being you, Steph Curry.
Chris Mullin, ESPN
Chamberlain, who previously held the record, did it in 429 games, averaging 41.5 points. It took Curry 744 games to surpass him and further cement his legacy as the greatest Warrior ever. And it seems his case will only get stronger, as 33-year-old Steph continues to say he wants to finish his NBA career with only one team, using Dirk Nowitzki's 21-year-run with the Mavericks as an inspiration.
When you play in Dallas now, when you look on the floor, there's a silhouette of Dirk shooting his signature fadeaway on each end of the floor. And I love that; I thought it was a really great idea from the Mavericks. It's such a great way to sort of honor Dirk and remember his legacy. I imagine there will be something like that here. Maybe a picture of Steph like holding his mouthpiece or something.
Steve Kerr, ESPN
One thing's for sure - no one deserves it more than Curry. In an era defined by player movement, a player staying with one organization, going through its ups and downs, is something to honor. And when it's all set and done, I'm sure the Warriors will do him justice.