As a result, this is now a fact:
Stephen Curry of the @warriors is the first player with 35+ points, 5+ rebounds and 5+ assists in each of the first 2 games of a conference/division finals since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did so as a rookie in the 1970 Eastern Division Finals vs. New York.#DubNation— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) May 17, 2019
That's some pretty exclusive company for the Warriors star.
In 1970, here's how Kareem performed in the first two games against the Knicks:
Game 1 = 35 points, ?? rebounds, ?? assists
Game 2 = 38 points, 23 rebounds, 11 assists
The good folks over at basketball-reference.com only have the rebound and assist totals from Game 2 of that series.
Here's another statistic for you:
The last time Steph Curry scored 36+ points in back-to-back games before tonight:— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) May 17, 2019
-Jan. 28, 2017 = 43 points
-Feb. 1, 2017 = 39 points https://t.co/sn4IXIfG0D
And in case you were wondering: In Game 3 at Portland on Saturday night, Curry is looking to score 30-plus points in his fourth consecutive playoff game for the first time since 2015 (Game 6 at Memphis and the first three games of the West finals against the Rockets).
Lastly, if you're looking for something to do on a Friday night, listen to the Warriors Outsiders Podcast for a breakdown of Golden State's Game 2 win.