Guards took over the NBA’s most exciting games Wednesday night, with the performances of Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder stealing the show.
Curry and the Warriors hit the road to take on the Washington Wizards, defeating the young squad 134-121. Leading the way for Golden State was Curry, who dropped an astounding 51 points on 19-of-28 shooting against the Eastern Conference foe. What’s most impressive was the reigning MVP’s accuracy from three-point range, knocking down 11 of 16 threes in 36 minutes. Curry was one three-pointer short of the single-game record of 12 threes in a game, held by Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall. His 51-point performance was the fourth time in his career that he eclipsed the 50-point mark.
Curry, an Under Armour-sponsored athlete, hit the court in the upcoming “BHM” edition of his second signature shoe with the brand, the Curry Two. The Black History Month iteration will hit stores Saturday and retail for $130.
Westbrook, although not putting up 51 points like Curry, had an outstanding game of his own, leading Oklahoma City past the Orlando Magic, 117-114. The Jordan Brand-sponsored guard racked up a career-high 19 rebounds against the Magic. In addition to his rebound totals, Westbrook scored 24 points and dished out 14 assists, giving the guard his third-straight triple-double of the season.
Westbrook hit the court in a player’s edition of the Jordan XX9 boasting the Thunder’s team colors, the same colorway he wore against the Wizards on Monday in Oklahoma City’s 114-98 win.