The 2020-2021 NBA season has not gone as the Golden State Warriors had hoped, but Stephen Curry continues to perform at an elite level.

Curry became the franchise’s all-time points leader in Monday’s 116-107 victory over the Denver Nuggets, breaking the record previously held by the legendary Wilt Chamberlain.

Curry had one of the best games by any player this season, scoring 53 points on just 24 field-goal attempts. Needing only 19 points to surpass Chamberlain's mark of 17,783 points with the franchise, Curry scored 21 in the first quarter alone to claim the record.

Curry has single handedly kept the Warriors alive in the playoff race. With a 26-28 record, Golden State is currently the No. 10 seed in the Western Conference and on the verge of missing the playoffs for a second straight season.

The Warriors are two games behind the No. 8 seed Memphis Grizzlies. The No. 6 seed Portland Trail Blazers are probably out of reach with a 5.5-game edge over Golden State. The New Orleans Pelicans are the No. 11 seed and only one game behind the Warriors.

Only the top six seeds in each conference earn a playoff berth at the end of the regular season. The No. 7 and No. 8 seeds will face off in a game that determines another postseason berth. The No. 9 and No. 10 seeds will play each other with that winner of that game taking on the loser of the No. 7 vs. No. 8 matchup for the conference’s final playoff spot.

The betting odds suggest that Golden State won’t make it through the play-in tournament. FanDuel Sportsbook gives the Warriors +154 odds to reach the playoffs. Golden State is a -192 favorite to miss the postseason.

Golden State missed last year’s playoffs with the league’s worst record, breaking its streak of five straight NBA Finals appearances. Like last season, injuries are again plaguing the Warriors.

Klay Thompson is missing his second straight season, this time because of a torn Achilles. Rookie center James Wiseman recently suffered a torn meniscus that could cost him the rest of the season.

Andrew Wiggins is Golden State’s second-leading scorer, followed by Kelly Oubre. Draymond Green is no longer a threat to score, averaging just 6.6 points per game on 41.8% shooting.

The Warriors have needed an MVP-worthy season from Curry to keep the team in playoff contention, and that’s exactly what he’s given them. The two-time NBA MVP is averaging 30.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game.

Curry ranks second among all players in points per game and first with 4.9 three-pointers made per game. Curry is shooting 41.6% from behind the arc, where he attempts nearly 12 shots per contest.

In 745 career games, Curry has scored 17,818 points on 47.7% field-goal shooting and 43.3% three-point shooting.

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Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors dribbles against Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets during the first half at Barclays Center on December 22, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Sarah Stier/Getty Images