Stephen Curry, point-guard of the Golden State Warriors, scores a career high of 62 points at the Chase Center against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Due to worldly circumstances, COVID-19 has drastically changed what the NBA (National Basketball Association) looks like. The 2020-2021 season began on December 22, and instead of the regular 82 games played per season, each team only has to play 72. Both players and staff are required to be tested daily for COVID-19, and a limit of 45 members of a team are allowed to travel to different arenas for games.
On January 3, 2021, the Golden State Warriors played a home game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Chase Center in San Francisco, which ended in a 137-122 win for the Warriors. Stephen Curry, point guard of the Warriors since 2009, displayed an outstanding performance and scored his career high of 62 points. Curry’s previous career best occurred during a historic game against the New York Knicks, where he scored 54 points and set a franchise record of 11 three-pointers made in 2013.
Curry clocked in 36 out of the 48 minutes on the court and finished 18-for-31 from the field, 8 three-pointers of 16 from beyond the arc, and 18-for-19 from the free throw line. Alongside his career best, he became the second player to score at least thirty points in each half of the game following Kobe Bryant’s performance against the Dallas Mavericks in 2005. His performance is also going into the franchise history books because Curry is now the fifth player to score sixty or more points in a single game.
Teammate Klay Thompson welcomed Curry into the sixty point club through a tweet, as Thompson was the fourth player to score sixty points in a game against the Indiana Pacers in 2016.
COVID-19 regulations prohibit fans from watching games at arenas, but you can be a virtual fan instead! The NBA has teamed up with Microsoft Teams (a team collaboration hub created by Microsoft), utilizing their “Together Mode” to project virtual fans on 17-foot tall LED screens next to the courts. However, specifically for the Golden State Warriors, the marketing team teamed up with The Famous Group, a fan experience company, to launch the “Dub Hub” to allow fans an interactive experience with the game. Through the Dub Hub, fans can choose from four different camera angles to watch the game on the court, interact with other fans in virtual rooms, and interact with the players themselves as they leave the tunnel to enter the basketball court.