Stephen Curry sets NBA Finals record with six 3-pointers in historic first quarter of Warriors-Celtics opener

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The idea that Stephen Curry somehow needs a Finals MVP to validate his all-time resume is absurd, but if you think he needs that material, he has got off to a good start Thursday night. The Warriors star broke for 21 points in the first quarter of Golden State’s eventual Game 1 NBA Finals opener loss to the Boston Celtics.

The 21 points was the highest quarter in the NBA Finals since 1993 (Michael Jordan had 22 against the Suns) and Curry had the highest first quarter in a Finals game in the last 50 years.

Curry finished the quarter 6 for 8 of 3, and one of those failures was a half-court heave late in the first quarter. The six 3-pointers made are a Finals record for a single quarter.

Curry has now made at least five 3-pointers in a single quarterfinal three times in his career. By ESPN statistics and informationevery other player in NBA history has combined for two of those quarters (Kenny Smith and Ray Allen have each done it once).

The Celtics did themselves a disservice by losing track of Curry a few times early on, which gave him a big eye-opener. Once he was on pace, he barely touched the rim the rest of the quarter.

Curry finished with a game-high 34 points, but he only hit one more 3-pointer. Boston, meanwhile, used a shocking fourth-quarter run to come from behind and win Game 1 on the road. Learn more about the Celtics win.

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