Golden State superstar Stephen Curry surpassed his father in NBA career points scored with a three-pointer in the third quarter of Friday's game against the Timberwolves at Target Center.
Dell Curry scored 12,670 points a 16-year career with five teams, the longest stint being with Charlotte. Stephen Curry did it in his eighth season, finishing the game with 26 points and 12,682 for his career. According to Elisa Sports Bureau, they are fourth all-time by a father-son duo, behind Joe and Kobe Bryant (38,895), Dolph and Danny Schayes (27,218) and Rick and Brent Barry (26,883).
And then there's Seth Curry, who has found his way in the NBA with Dallas.
"It's the family business," Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. "They're all great shooters. His father had a quick release. He could get it off. If he got any air space, you thought it was going in. He was one of the great shooters. Steph is probably a little more off the dribble than Dell was, but they're all great and now you watch what Seth is doing.
"It says a lot about them: The makeup, the way they work, their passion for the game, the drive that they have. That's what makes them who they are."
Thibodeau was a Wolves assistant coach way back when his boss, Bill Musselman, tried to trade a first-round pick that became Gerald Glass for Dell Curry, who now does television commentary for the Hornets. When that failed, he pushed for the Wolves to sign an unknown shooter named Steve Kerr — now the Warriors' head coach — to an offer sheet that Phoenix matched.
"Always," Thibodeau said about Musselman coveting Dell Curry. "That was one of the guys he always talked about. I guess he was ahead of his time. He put a premium on shooting."
Bazz back to bench
Wolves veteran guard Brandon Rush returned to good health and the starting lineup Friday after he fell ill and missed Wednesday's 107-91 home victory over the L.A. Clippers.
Thibodeau moved Shabazz Muhammad back to a reserve's role despite the energy he provided in a fast start Wednesday. Thibodeau said he likes Rush's defense and shooting with the starters and didn't want to disrupt a second unit that has been playing well by removing Muhammad from it.
"You always want to start," Muhammad said. "I'd like to have that role and embrace it, but I think that's down the road and a future thing I'd love to do."
Zach is back
Injured Zach LaVine returned to Minneapolis from Los Angeles in time to be part of the annual team photo taken Thursday. He has been doing some shooting from a chair and watching film while he recovers from knee surgery that has ended his season.
"He's in good spirits," Thibodeau said. "He's in a good place."
• Friday's crowd announced at 20,391 is a Target Center single-game record, surpassing a March 2004 game against the Lakers. They sold tickets in the hockey press box, in new enlarged suites and excess capacity. "We appreciate it," Thibodeau said. "We want them to come back again. Hopefully, we can give them something to cheer about."
• The Warriors rested veteran guard Shaun Livingston on Friday before Saturday's game at San Antonio and superstar Kevin Durant missed his fifth consecutive game because of a Grade 2 knee-ligament sprain and bone bruise.
• Rush visited with former Warriors teammates Draymond Green and Ian Clark on Thursday night.