Stephen Curry is a famous basketball player who has become one of the most well-known players in the NBA. Thanks to Curry’s fame, the Golden State Warriors have played on Christmas Day many times while he’s been on the team. This season, the Warriors are getting ready for their 13th Christmas game, and Curry is planning to play in his 11th Christmas game.
Even though playing on Christmas Day seems like a good thing, it hasn’t always been easy for Curry. He’s won 4 games and lost 5, and there’s only been one game where he scored more than 20 points out of his last 10 Christmas games. But, Curry’s exciting playing style always makes him fun to watch. Now, let’s look at the top five Christmas Day games played by the great Stephen Curry.
5. 2014: The Almost Triple Double
On Christmas Day in 2014, Curry showed his skills in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers, even though the Warriors didn’t win. The Warriors were ahead at halftime, but they lost their lead in the last quarter. Curry tried his best, scoring 14 points, grabbing 9 rebounds, making 7 assists, and stealing the ball twice. Even though he didn’t play perfectly, his performance gave a glimpse of the amazing player he would become in his future MVP seasons.
4. 2016: Best Christmas Day Game Ever
The 2016 Christmas Day game against the Cleveland Cavaliers was eagerly awaited and it didn’t disappoint. Even though the Warriors lost by just one point, Curry’s contribution of 15 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals was significant. The thrilling and dramatic nature of this game makes it one of the most memorable Christmas Day games in NBA history.
3. 2013: Closing Versus the Clippers
In 2013, Curry’s game against the Clippers on Christmas Day showed his toughness and his skill to step up when it matters most. Even though he didn’t play well in the first three quarters, he came alive in the last quarter, scoring 9 points, getting 2 rebounds, and making 2 assists, which helped the Warriors win a close game 105-103. This game showed how Curry can turn an average performance into a match-winning one.
2. 2015: Finals Rematch
The rematch of the 2015 NBA Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas Day was a tough fight. Curry’s contribution of 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists was key in the Warriors’ 89-83 win. Even though he didn’t play as well as he did in his MVP season, Curry’s influence in the game was clear, helping his team win against a strong opponent.
1. 2021: Curry Finally Gets 20 Points on Christmas
In the Christmas Day game of 2021, Curry had a big achievement. He scored over 20 points for the first time on Christmas. Even though he had a tough time shooting, his 33 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists helped the Warriors win 116-107 against the Phoenix Suns. Curry’s plus-minus score of plus-24 shows how important he was to the team’s victory.
Stephen Curry may not always win on Christmas Day, but he always puts on a good show for NBA fans all over the world. From close games to personal records, Curry’s Christmas Day games show how much he has contributed to basketball. As we look forward to his 11th game on Christmas Day, these five games are memorable parts of the career of one of the NBA’s best players.