Steph Curry’s final 3 of the Blazers series was as magical as his entire season
Stephen Curry has been unbelievable all season, but he keeps saving his best for last.
There are his many buzzer-beaters. The Warriors’ regular-season finale, in which he dropped 46 points in three quarters, saw him hit 10 3-pointers to finish the season with 402 — breaking his own record. It also delivered win No. 73 to break the Bulls’ record.
There’s his second straight MVP award, and the first unanimous selection in NBA history.
There are the playoffs — fast-forward to Game 4 against the Blazers, where Curry returned from injury and scored 17 points in overtime to give the Warriors a commanding 3-1 series lead. He didn’t hit his first 3 until the final minutes of the fourth quarter, then he added four more.
Game 5 on Wednesday night, Curry finished the Blazers with his final 3 of the series, and it was just as magical as his charmed season.
Nursing a two-point lead in the final 30 seconds, and with a long defender in the 6-foot-9 Al-Farouq Aminu on him, Curry got separation with a behind-the-back dribble and hit a step-back 3 with a hand in his face to seal the game.
Can't play any better defense than that. Curry with a clutch 3. Man oh man…
— Chris Manning (@LD2K) May 12, 2016
Curry — the nightmare that never allows you to awaken.
— Ray Ratto (@RattoCSN) May 12, 2016
Was that the dagger? Jesus Curry is cold as ice
— BEN BALLER™ (@BENBALLER) May 12, 2016
— THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) May 12, 2016
"The way Steph finished the game, that step-back shot to put it to a five-point lead was probably a shot only he can make," Coach Steve Kerr said.
It was the umpteenth time in the game that Curry burned a big who got switched onto him, stepping back behind the arc and lofting another big trey.
STEPHEN CURRY 💦 https://t.co/HkwMAEXH5U
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 12, 2016
The MVP Steph Curry puts his team ahead at the end of the third quarter! https://t.co/Jjf2Ly1GOh
— NBA TV (@NBATV) May 12, 2016
"They don’t recognize where things are on the floor" when they’re that far out of the paint, ESPN analyst Bruce Bowen said of the bigs.
Curry summed it up in Shaq-nacular: "Barbeque chicken."
— TurnerSportsPR (@TurnerSportsPR) May 12, 2016
NBA commissioner Adam Silver had to make sure to shake the guy’s hand after that.
Steph Curry & Adam Silver finally get the dap right! pic.twitter.com/MWfYjMMqVO
— NBA (@NBA) May 12, 2016