A career-best efficiency versus Portland reminded the league what the Golden State Warriors guard can do.

Stephen Curry has heard the criticism. He understands his tradition is being questioned, and he understands that any bad video game will begin again the reconsideration of his accomplishments. However after scoring a career-high 62 points for the Golden State Warriors in a 137-122 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night, Curry sent out a clear message to his critics: Keep talking.

” I like being discussed because there’s expectations,” he said.

Curry’s career-best efficiency was available in a matchup with among his biggest on-court competitors– Damian Lillard of Portland– and on the heels of a storm of social media criticism in which his legacy as a team-lifting superstar was called into concern.

” Cue the Jordan meme: ‘I take all that personally,'” Curry stated with a laugh, referencing a line by Michael Jordan in the documentary “The Last Dance.”

Curry then discussed that the performance– he had 31 points at halftime– originated from a much easier location than people might be assuming: “I had a chance to assert my will on the game early and produce some energy.”

Asserting his will included shooting 18 of 31 from the field, 8 of 16 from 3-point variety and 18 of 19 from the free-throw line. Curry ended up being the first player considering that Kobe Bryant on Dec. 20, 2005 to score a minimum of 30 points in each half of a video game, and he improved his previous career high of 54 points, which was embeded in a road loss to the Knicks in 2013.

His 62 points also were the most by any gamer this season and made him only the 5th gamer in franchise history to score 60 or more points, a task last achieved by Klay Thompson, who had 60 in 29 minutes throughout a blowout win over the Indiana Pacers in 2016.

” He came out looking like a man on a mission,” Draymond Green stated.

Thompson invited Curry to the 60-point club with a tweet, and Curry’s more youthful sibling, Seth, who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers, took the chance to satirize Stephen’s critics, who appear to turn nearly every game into a referendum on his legacy.

Curry stated his bro’s tweet was the best one he ‘d seen so far which criticism was simply part of being a super star.

” I do not get frazzled too easily and I’m really positive in who I am as an individual and as a basketball player,” he stated. “There’s not going to be anything you can say about me or to me that’s going to impact that. At the end of the day that’s how I got here.”

While Curry has played well early this season, balancing 32.3 points and 6.2 helps through six video games, there is no concern that the Warriors are a far cry from the juggernaut as soon as led by Curry, Thompson, Green and Kevin Durant. Golden State opened the season with blowout losses to Durant’s Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks, and looked inefficient in a loss to Portland on Friday. While their bad play has come mainly from newbies like Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre, a heavy share of the blame has actually landed squarely on the shoulders of Curry, the Warriors’ best player. His most relentless critics have actually questioned why he can’t raise a lesser group to relevance in the way LeBron James has done.

Green, who recently returned from an injury, turned down that property.

” Everyone is constantly going to look for a reason to quibble something Steph does, whether it’s that you haven’t won a Finals M.V.P. or you haven’t brought a group,” Green stated. “If I’m not mistaken, he carried the 2015 team.”

” To be sincere, he’s brought every team, due to the fact that he’s been the leader of the group given that I have actually been here.”

Many of Curry’s younger colleagues were not with Golden State during the champion years. They were left struggling to explain such a dominant performance.

James Wiseman, the team’s novice center, compared it to a video game. “It advises me of 2K,” he said, “because I used to play with Steph all the time, and I used to drop like 60. So, much like in fact seeing personally, that was sensational.”

Oubre, a veteran guard acquired during the off-season to help fill in for the hurt Thompson, brought the point of view of having actually been among Curry’s challengers, stating “I was just delighted to be on the very same side as him tonight, due to the fact that I understand it stunk for the other team.”

Curry decreased to forecast if big-scoring video games would end up being a routine incident. However he challenged a reporter’s saying he could not score 62 points every video game, playfully reacting “Hey, why not?”

And Coach Steve Kerr, who said he had lifted Curry in the game’s last minute “so the 42 individuals in the stands might offer him a standing ovation,” said he was perplexed why anyone would slam Curry in the very first place.

” I’m not playing dumb: Does he really take criticism?” Kerr asked. “I’ll inspect out Twitter later. I hope they are saying something good about him tonight.”