Stephen Curry was saving it all up for when it counted most.
In one of the great finishes in pro basketball history, Curry set an NBA record by scoring 17 points in overtime, something never done in a regular-season or postseason game, as the Golden State Warriors rallied past the Portland Trail Blazers.
The previous mark for most points in overtime was 16 by Gilbert Arenas in 2006. The previous playoff record was 13 by Clyde Drexler in 1992.
Curry scored 27 of his 40 points in the second half and became the second player in the past 30 years to score 40 points off the bench in a postseason game. The other was Nick Van Exel in 2003.
Curry outscored the Trail Blazers, 17-14, in overtime, and also scored more points than the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors combined for in overtime earlier in the evening.
Not bad for a guy who missed his first nine 3-point attempts after returning from his knee injury. That led us to wonder who had the record for most missed 3-pointers without a make in a postseason game (John Starks with 11 for the Knicks in Game 7 of the 1994 NBA Finals against the Rockets). Curry then made five of his last seven to render any question about whether he’d make that mark moot.
Curry didn’t just do it with his shooting. He did it with passing too. The Warriors scored 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting off Curry passes. That includes 6-of-6 shooting when his pass led to an uncontested shot.
The Warriors again avoided losing consecutive games. They’re 11-0 following a loss this season.
How he set the record
Curry scored against three different Trail Blazers defenders (Al-Farouq Aminu, C.J. McCollum and Mason Plumlee).
He was 3-of-3 on open looks in overtime (he shot 63 percent on those shots in the regular season) and was 3-of-5 on contested shots.
All seven of his shot attempts in overtime came without a pass from a teammate. He was 3-of-3 on pull-up jumpers.