Sweet shot: Curry hits NBA-record 13 3-poin­t­ers

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Stephen Curry let it fly from the top of the arc, backpedaled as his record-break­ing 3ball dropped and then wildly be­gan bob­bing his head and shuf­fling his feet with the swag­ger of a two-time reign­ing MVP.

Add an­other re­mark­able achieve­ment to a long list of them for Curry: most 3-poin­t­ers in one game. The star guard sank 13 to set an NBA mark - one game af­ter miss­ing all his 3-point tries for the first time in two years - and the Golden State War­riors beat the win­less New Or­leans Pel­i­cans 116-106 on Mon­day.

“This was a spe­cial night,” Curry said. He fin­ished with 46 points, three days af­ter his lea­guere­cord streak of 157 games with at least one 3 was snapped when he went 0 for 10 on 3-point tries in a 117-97 road loss to the Los Angeles Lak­ers. “I was hard on my­self in prac­tice the last two days. I had pretty good shoot­ing ses­sions,” he said. “I don’t over­re­act to games like that whether I go 0 for 10 or 2 for 12 or what­ever it is. My process is the same, but I had an­other level of fo­cus the last two days try­ing to get my rhythm back and see the ball go in.”

Curry shot 13 of 17 from be­yond the arc in his sev­enth ca­reer game with dou­ble-digit 3s. He broke the mark with 2:23 to go and bobbed his head in de­light as the crowd roared.

Curry shared the pre­vi­ous 3-point record of 12 with Kobe Bryant and Donyell Mar­shall. “Noth­ing you can do about it. He was be­ing Steph,” Pel­i­cans star An­thony Davis said. Grab­bing back the spot­light from new Golden State star Kevin Du­rant, Curry raised his right arm and pumped his chest all night, howl­ing and point­ing as one shot fell af­ter an­other. He went 16 for 26 over­all in his first 40-point per­for­mance af­ter lead­ing the NBA with 13 last sea­son.

War­riors fans en­joyed ev­ery minute of it, chant­ing “M-V-P! M-V-P!”

“That was quite a show. Not at all sur­pris­ing the way Steph bounces back from bad nights,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. Klay Thomp­son had 24 points with two 3s as the Splash Broth­ers looked far more in sync from long range at last. Du­rant added 22 for the War­riors. Davis had 33 points and 13 re­bounds for New Or­leans (0-7), which along with the 76ers (0-6) are the NBA’s lone teams still with­out a vic­tory. Davis gave the Pel­i­cans a 73-72 lead on a turn­around hook shot with 4:14 left in the third quarter. Davis had 45 points, 17 re­bounds, three as­sists, two steals and two blocks in the teams’ ini­tial matchup on Oct. 28. Dray­mond Green had his sec­ond dou­ble-dou­ble with 12 re­bounds and 11 as­sists for the War­riors, who were back at Or­a­cle Arena af­ter they em­bar­rassed the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der 122-96 there in Du­rant’s first game against his former team last Thurs­day.

Thomp­son - 2 for 10 against the Lak­ers from 3-point range, a com­bined 0 of 13 vs. Phoenix and Port­land and 9 of 46 over­all (19.6 per­cent) this sea­son com­ing in - missed his first three at­tempts be­fore hit­ting from the base­line late in the sec­ond quarter as the sell­out crowd went crazy. Curry knocked down his first 3-point at­tempt at the 7:29 mark of the first quarter. He re­ceived a tech­ni­cal with 1:45 left in the third for ar­gu­ing he was fouled by Davis on a 3-point at­tempt.

TIP-INS

Pel­i­cans: E’Twaun Moore added 15 points . ... The Pel­i­cans signed vet­eran G Archie Good­win and waived in­jured G Lance Stephen­son, sched­uled to have surgery to re­pair his torn groin in Philadel­phia on Tues­day . ... New Or­leans lost for the 15th time in the past 16 games against Golden State.

War­riors: David West ap­peared in his 900th reg­u­lar-sea­son game, one of 22 ac­tive play­ers to reach the num­ber . ... Curry has made a 3 in 81 straight home games. When he came up empty Fri­day night in Los Angeles, it was the first time Curry did not hit a 3 since Nov. 11, 2014 . ... Rookie Pa­trick McCaw re­turned from miss­ing four straight games with a sprained left an­kle sus­tained late in the first meet­ing vs. New Or­leans. C An­der­son Vare­jao was in­ac­tive . ... Former War­riors player and coach Al At­tles cel­e­brated his 80th birth­day, re­ceiv­ing a video trib­ute and the birth­day song with cup­cakes af­ter the first quarter.

— AP

OAK­LAND: Golden State War­riors’ Stephen Curry, right, passes away from New Or­leans Pel­i­cans’ An­thony Davis, left, and Tim Fra­zier (2) dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game Mon­day, in Oak­land, Calif.

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