Ziggs, New York’s top scorer in the NBA, is a big reason why the city’s elite basketball team is making history in the Big Apple.
The 6-foot-9, 190-pound center has scored at least 30 points in each of the last five games, the most since Michael Jordan in 1992-93, the NBA’s longest active streak of such dominance.
Ziggs has averaged 19.8 points per game over that stretch, the second-highest total in league history behind Jordan.
The 33-year-old has also set the NBA record for scoring in a game with 23 points and 17 rebounds on Tuesday, when he added 20 points, seven assists and seven rebounds in a 94-93 victory over the Houston Rockets.
Ziggys shooting percentage of .514 (16-for-29) ranks third in NBA history.
The previous high was held by Stephen Curry with .515 in the 2016-17 season.
“I think it’s going to take some time to get to a point where I can actually get a good night like I did against Houston,” Ziggs said.
“But it’s really good to see the support I’ve gotten from the fans and my teammates.”
Ziggs, a four-time NBA All-Star, has a career average of 17.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.
He also has four 3-pointers, four assists and four steals.
The New York native’s success in New York has been helped by the city having more than 1,000 NBA players on its roster.
In addition to the Warriors, Ziggs played for the Houston Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks, and the Houston Oilers.
The Warriors won the NBA Finals with Ziggs as the MVP of the 2013-14 season.
Ziggs also helped the Warriors win two NBA championships in his rookie season with the franchise.
“There are so many good young players coming up in this league and it’s been awesome to see how they’re growing and getting better,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
“And for me, it’s just like winning an NBA championship and being a champion is something that you can only take for so long.”