Stephen Curry clinches 2020-21 NBA scoring title

Published May 17, 2021, 6:00 AMNBA.com News Services

Curry is five years removed from his first scoring title, which he earned during his second MVP season in 2016-17.

If the All-Star and probable All-NBA honors weren’t enough, Stephen Curry now has the NBA scoring title to punctuate a triumphant return from an injury-riddled 2019-20 campaign.

The former two-time Kia MVP secured the 2020-21 scoring crown on Sunday, edging Washington guard Bradley Beal during the Warriors’ game against Memphis. Beal scored 25 points in his team’s 115-110 win over Charlotte, opening the door for Curry to clinch his second career scoring title.

The 33-year-old Curry entered Sunday averaging a career-best 31.8 points, with Beal at 31.4.

Curry is shooting 42.1% on 12.6 attempts per game from 3-point range this season, a volume exceeding even his MVP seasons in 2015 and 2016. His play has kept Golden State in the playoff picture despite the season-long absence of Klay Thompson, who is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon.

Earlier this season, Curry claimed the top spots on the Warriors’ all-time scoring and assists list while also passing Reggie Miller for No. 2 on the NBA 3-pointers made leaderboard.

Curry becomes the first player 33 years or older to lead the league in scoring since Michael Jordan in 1997-98 (35 years at end of season and averaged 28.7 PPG). He also joins Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players with multiple scoring titles, MVPs and championships.