NEW YORK -- When point guard Stephen Curry scored 54 points at Madison Square Garden, it was the most points by a Warrior since Purvis Short scored 59.
Mr. Short, your thoughts?
"I thought it was a magnificent performance," Short said in a phone interview. "I think every player dreams of playing in New York and having your best game ever. He had every thing clicking."
Short is one of the greatest scorers in Warriors history. He scored 59 points and 57 points with Golden State, both in 1984. Known for his high-arching "rainbow" jumper, he said if you teach someone how to shoot, you want them to look at Curry's form and technique.
Short, the director of player programs for the NBA Players Association, said he's caught several Warriors games this season. So he is not too surprised to see a breakout performance by Curry. Still, Short was amazed Curry scored 54 with just seven free throws and knocked down 11 of 13 from 3-point range.
"That's unbelievable," Short said. "That's why he is who he is. He's a tremendous shooter. Excellent techniques. With the way he can put the ball in the basket, it's tremendous. As a shooter, those are the games you work hard for. Those are the games you dream about, where everything falls into place and you're in control of the game."
Curry's hot night almost made Short want to hit the court and put up some shots. Almost.
"I'd like to be able to lie to you and say, yeah," Short said. "But at this stage of my career, it's more of a dream."