Stephen Curry sets NBA Finals record, drains 6 3-pointers in first quarter of Game 1

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The Boston Celtics probably wanted to guard Stephen Curry just a little bit tighter.

Curry went off in the opening 12 minutes of Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night in a record-breaking showing. He hit six 3-pointers for the Golden State Warriors in the period, which snapped the NBA Finals record for most made in a single quarter.

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Curry actually held a share of the record already, at five with Ray Allen and Kenny Smith. Now, he sits all alone at the top.

He surpassed James Worthy to move up to No. 13 on the NBA Finals all-time scoring list in the first half, too. He's the highest active player on that list outside of LeBron James, who is second at 1,562 points, and about 100 points shy of Shaquille O'Neal's mark at No. 12.

Curry finished the night with 34 points, 21 of which came in the first quarter, and shot 7-of-14 from behind the arc. He added five rebounds and five assists in his 38 minutes.

Despite Curry's hot hand, the Warriors stumbled in the fourth quarter hard. The Celtics outscored Golden State 40-16 in that period alone, which propelled Boston to the 120-108 win in Game 1.

Game 2 of the series is set for Sunday night in San Francisco.

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry dropped 21 points in the first quarter on Thursday night, and broke his own NBA record in the process. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)