Wow! Curry’s record 50 points lift Warriors to series win. Lakers next

Lee Heidhues 4.30.2023

I was literally speechless watching the Warriors dismantle the Sacramento Kings on the road.

Beyond amazing was the 50 point performance by Steph Curry. The all time scoring record in the seventh game of an NBA playoff game.

Steph Curry’s 50 point performance

Equally impressive and hopefully given prime time exposure was the performance by Warriors journeyman Center Kevon Looney. He snagged 21 rebounds and dominated the Kings.

The Athletic 4.30.2023

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Sacramento Kings 120-100 in Game 7 of their high-octane first-round playoff series on Sunday at the Golden 1 Center, advancing to the second round. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Stephen Curry broke out for 50 points, a playoff career high, and set the NBA record for points in a Game 7. Curry went 20-of-38 from the field with seven 3s.
  • Kevon Looney continued his stellar rebounding run, grabbing 21 boards for Golden State.
  • Domantas Sabonis paced the Kings with 22 points. Sacramento shot 37.5 percent from the field and 25.5 percent from beyond the arc.
  • The Warriors will face the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference semifinals.
Golden State Warriors’ Kevon Looney and Andrew Wiggins and Sacramento Kings’ Domantas Sabonis react to a Looney rebound and basket during 3rd quarter of Game 7 of NBA Western Conference 1st Round Playoffs at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., on Sunday, April 30, 2023.-San Francisco Chronicle photo

Curry made history — but Golden State needed Looney, too

The two Warriors’ stat lines that matter most in Game 7: Curry’s and Looney’s.

Curry just took a career-high 38 shots. This was as aggressive as he’s ever been. Curry made 20 of those 38 shots and seven 3s. He scored 50 points, the most ever in a Game 7 in league history.

But Looney may have been equally important on this night. He had 21 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive glass. Eight of those came in a dominant third quarter, when the game changed.

Dejected Kings players D’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk watch the clock and their season wind down

Warriors NBA Championship parade on Market Street – 6.20.2022. Will there be a Five peat in 2023?